One of Fulci's last
Francis DeMarco | Worcester, Massachusetts United States | 01/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is NOT the best Fulci film out there if you are expecting gore galore, but it is definetly worth a look for the die-hard fans of the Maestro. Casual viewers of Fulci's films may not care for it much, if you are expecting lots of the latter. This is one of Fulci's last films, only to be followed by Door to Silence (1992). You've probably read the reviews about what the movie contains and don't contain, or at least are about to read it, so i won't go into details.But for myself, I thought it was a very good movie. It had a good dialogue, decent acting, and a great ending. I highly recommend it to the legion of Italian Horror buffs out there, to add it to your collection. One more thing to another reviewer named HENRY HUECK who is writing some of the reviews for this and other movies. I don't know how old you are, but please man, please, LEARN HOW TO FRIGGIN SPELL AND WORD THINGS CORRECTLY, WILL YA? Do you have spell check, or someone else to do your writing? It's like reading from a 2nd graders essay report or something. JEEZ!!!!. Anyway, to all the gore gore girls and boys out there. CIAO!!!"
Straying from the Norm
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"Giorgio, a "wealthy, middle-aged businessman," comes home late one night, drinks a bit, and then decides to join his wife. As the evening progresses, he begins to hemorrhage suddenly, developing some nasty "puddle of blood" coughing fits and, in the hospital later, dies. Death, however, doesn't bring Giorgio rest because of mysterious circumstances of his death and his general distrust of all his family/mistress/etc. Enter his daughter, returning from college to attend her father's funeral, who just happens to be the only person Giorgio ever cared for and the only person that can help him find out who was responsible for his demise. It isn't too terribly easy, though, because everyone in his life seems to be rather disturbed.
Voices From Beyond isn't, by any means, your atypical Fulci movie. While there is a level of horror (most occurring in dreams) and a bit of gore, this is more of a "who done it" murder/mystery than anything. There are a lot of dream sequences, an autopsy scene, and a child finding the wrong end of the blade, but the purpose of the movie is to find out who killed our main character, Giorgio. Personally, I liked the way the movie ended and I liked some of the situations within, but I also have to say that it isn't for everyone. I would only recommend buying without first checking it out to fans of all things Lucio."
A 2.5 star rating
Allen Ewasiuk | edmonton, AB Canada | 03/18/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This film had a good beginning, a soap opera middle, and a good ending, but lacked murders or gore which is the norm for a Lucio Fulci flick. The way the character at the beginning was murdered was quite ingenious.
A worthy addition to the Fulci collection."
Another passable later Fulci release
Lunar Strain | United States | 01/27/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I like Fulci films of the 70's and early 80's (basically through Manhattan Baby) but for some reason from his dismal fantasy epic Conquest in 1985 on his films are, for the most part, bad. Voices From Beyond isn't necessarily bad but it is very passable.
This film, much like Fulci's TV Movie House of Clocks, really acts like an Italian Twilight Zone episode stretched out to feature length done Fulci style. Here we get a very rich family whose father dies a mysterious death. The father talks to himself (even though he's dead) throughout most of the film trying to figure out his murderer. His favorite daughter (who's the same actress from the film House of Clocks...and a fine looker I might add) visits for the funeral and her dead father communicates to her that he's been murdered and wants her to find the killer.
The story (written by Fulci) is a tired weak formula and overall this really feels like a TV made film. I'm most certain if it was made for TV as it does have nudity but it does have the same feel as house of Clocks. Also like many of Fulci's later works this movie was filmed with soft lenses giving the film a white hue, or a hazy look. I hate this soft lense look that dominated Italian cinema in the late 80's and early 90's as it cheapens the look of the film. Perhaps Fulci thought it gave his films "dreamy" or "surreal" look but it just gets old. Unless you are a die-hard Fulci fanatic, I would think twice about paying the high price. Though Image Entertainment does a good job at mastering this little seen film they failed to deliver any special features what-so-ever. I personally just found the film to be kind of blah and it lacks the grander look and appeal of his early films that even the weaker Manhattan Baby contained.
On a side note, horror fans might find it of interest that Fulci thanks Clive Barker in the end credits."