Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John, Veronica Lazar, Larry Ray, Al Cliver
As any admirer of Italian horror stalwart Lucio Fulci will tell you, the filmmaker's best undead movie is Zombie, his answer to George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead that's notorious for its gore and the on-screen, underwater duel between a zombie and a shark. But those who appreciate cinema that's incoherent and unsettling will cite Fulci's 1981 oddity The Beyond as the man's greatest movie. You won't hear us arguing with that.
In the way of plot, you've got a fetching young woman who inherits a hotel in Louisiana, and when she starts poking around the premises, she unwittingly opens up one of the seven doors to Hell. From there, The Beyond explodes into an endless procession of blood, guts, eye-gougings, acid-burnings, and one of the sickest bullet wounds in movie history. —MB