|DVD Beyond the Grave
Run time: 89 min
Genres: Action | Crime | Horror
Director: Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro
Writers: Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro
Stars: Rafael Tombini, Álvaro Rosa Costa, Ricardo Seffner
In a devastated post-apocalyptic world where the rules of reality are transformed by magic and madness, a vengeful police officer searches for a possessed serial killer in a battle of the not-so-good versus absolute evil.
|Plot Keywords: evil, serial killer, police, six shooter, disarming someone|
Release Date: 5 July 2013 (UK)
It's a strong and surprising little gem from Brazil, directed by Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro. In a unnamed land, unnamed characters struggle for their lives. Great locations, nice acting, wonderful sound and special effects made an oppressive and dreamy atmosphere for the officer's hunt for the magical serial killer. It's amazing how all the genres could be mixed so nicely and in so many reflexive, almost lyrical ways: drama, black magic, zombies, adventure, crime, western… It's all there! I'll not spoil anything. You have to see it. It's an poetical essay of death. Death and sadness. All that you can't expect from the genre cinema these days. Looking forward to new films from the creators of this one.
Beginning with a gun battle between a lone police office and three criminals, Beyond the Grave travels through an empty and increasingly surrealistic world, populated by meandering zombies and the human survivors of some grand disaster – soundtrack and commentary provided by lunatic radio disc jockeys, declaring the end of the world – and ends with humanity's champion, dueling ultimate evil.
This skillfully made, low-budget, independent horror film from Brazil delivers a thrilling tale that is strikingly unique in the horror genre. Just when Beyond the Grave appears to be going over far too familiar territory, director Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro fearlessly heads towards unexpected directions. I hope this means that, just like France and Japan before it, Brazil is ready to unleash a spate of original and shocking new horror movies.
I Must say that Porto Dos Mortos / Beyond the Grave its a hell of a ride , its a constant moving puzzle in your hands to unveil what its all about.
It has such great acting , cast and crew amazing. Amazing shots , landscapes. A method that its not used in horror or cinema nowadays that is to keep you glued to the screen till you finally see the credits rolling by a way to discover in such elegant and simple ways , what its going on in this Apocalypse and the rise of the undead with a stunning performance of Rafael tombini * The police officer.
Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro The director so as the writer of this masterpiece , keeps me proud of being Latin American and that there is still hope to Do Amazing Things in Cinema.
The taints of spaghetti western but with the twist of putting it out in like our actual times its awesome. And the fact that there are not so much stuff to defend yourself from the undead , or who knows ….. you better find out for yourself.
Enjoyed every Last Minute of it and i bow to this movie. For having its own solid Character in a genre that was long lost.
It's always a pleasure to review a film that delivers a genuinely fresh experience. It's an old cliché to say that a movie stays with you after the final credits have rolled but Beyond The Grave is a haunting tale of the occult.
I entered cold, not knowing what direction this Brazilian genre movie would take. Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro's tale starts like a homage to Italian crime thrillers, every frame oozing in style. There are angles and edits in the first few minutes that made me think I was watching an old giallo film, a high compliment to pay any modern offering. Dark humour precedes the beautiful opening credits, Davi De Oliveira Pinheiro giving Tarantino a run for his money.
It's clear, after a short while, that the viewer is in safe hands. This is going to be one hell of a dangerous and unpredictable road movie but you can tell that it's destined to be a memorable one. The coolest editing and stunning cinematography, combined with close-ups that rival Sergio Leone's, help deliver a sucker-punch to the audience.
I like to think of myself as an "old hand". It takes a lot to surprise me. However, this film sideswiped me a number of times, moving from thriller to zombie movie, to occult horror, seamlessly. Yet all the time, Beyond the Grave exudes a genuine '70s / early '80s vibe. The Dark Rider is a fantastic creation and its entrance had the hairs on the back of my neck standing erect (the last time this happened, I was enjoying A Field In England).
What I love (well, one of the many things in this tremendous indie offering) is how the movie treats the undead. These are zombies with a sprinkle of originality. We see, for example, zombies feeding each other and not always homing in for the kill. The child zombie, with its "knife face," is chilling and unique. Creepy stuff. Also worthy of a mention is Pinheiro's blind zombie. Yes, this is a film where you actually sympathise with one of the walkers!
Towards the end, I felt the imagery was reminiscent of a spaghetti western. The bars on the old school reminded me of a cell from the age of the cowboy. In a way, this is part western but I don't want to reveal too much.
I'm in severe danger of running out of superlatives but I love this film. The characters are solid, especially the cool centre of the movie, the umbrella-toting Franco (played by Alvaro Rosacosta) and the bespectacled but Mad Max-like hero (Rafael Tombini).
This is an unmissable film and an instant cult classic.