Italian theatrical release poster by Enzo Sciotti
|Directed by||Claudio Fragasso
as Clyde Anderson
|Produced by||Aristide Massaccesi
as Joe D'Amato
|Written by||Rossella Drudi
as Sarah Asproon
|Music by||Carlo Maria Cordio|
Beyond Darkness (Italian: La Casa 5, also known as Horror House II) is a 1990 Italian horror film directed by Claudio Fragasso. It was written by Fragasso and screenwriter and wife Rossella Drudi and produced by Joe D'Amato. The La Casa films (III, IV and V) in Italy were all marketed as sequels of a sort to the American films The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II, which were released in Italy as La Casa and La Casa 2 respectively.
A priest and his family move into a new house, without knowing that it was built over the place where twenty witches were burnt at the stake. Soon the terror begins, with the house terrorizing its inhabitants (a la Amityville Horror) with the elements that lie within the construction, for example; a possessed radio and a flying cleaver. The priest's young son is possessed by the demons of Hell, and he enlists the aid of another, more experienced priest to help him perform an exorcism on the boy, in a sequence very similar to that in The Exorcist. The spirit of a female serial killer also inhabits the house, an ugly baldheaded woman who was electrocuted by the state for murdering ten children and ingesting their souls inside herself. The twenty executed witches also reappear in the form of black shrouded ghosts as the exorcism proceeds.
- David Brandon as George
- Barbara Bingham as Annie
- Gene LeBrock as Peter
- Michael Stephenson as Martin
- Theresa Walker as Carole
- Stephen Brown as Jonathan
- Mary Coulson as Bette
It was released to video by Imperial Entertainment in 1992. Scream Factory released the film for the first time in North America on Blu-ray disc as a double feature with George Eastman's 1989 horror film, Metamorphosis, on August 25, 2015.
- La Casa series - An Italian rebranding of several otherwise unrelated horror films, including Beyond Darkness.
- J.C. Maçek III (2013-04-26). "Books of the Dead: The Followers and Clones of 'The Evil Dead'". PopMatters.
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