|One of the Undead|
Shot in the city of Porto Alegre, south of Brazil, BEYOND THE GRAVE is an art-house mixture of road movie, spaghetti western and different horror sub-genres such as zombie and black magic. "I tried to bring in everything I had learned about cinema and humanity from the beginning of my conscious life till the moment of locking the final cut. I think we should be respectful of genre, of course, but a rigid tone is more important than a rigid genre. We’re in an age where amalgamations are common nature in art. Cinema shouldn’t be excluded", believes the Brazilian filmmaker.
The distributors of this film contacted Blog of the Living Dead, and sent us a screener for review.
Regarding Tombini's character, think Clint Eastwood crossed with Chow Yun-fat. Kicking ass, taking names and striking them off Santa's Christmas list.
Without the million dollar budgets of the US or UK films-- I have to say Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (writer and director) created something pretty great, with stark and intimately filmed scenes and obviously patiently framed shots. The movie moved at a smouldering pace, building to an inevitable climax. I would very much like to see more from Oliveria, and the lead actor Rafael Tombini. Tombini has true movie star qualities.
No lack of gore, as one would expect from a zombie flick, and effects were respectable.
Enjoyable. Watch to the end.