Beyond the Grave (2010)
aka. Porto Dos Mortos
Director and Writer: Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro
2.5 / 5 zedheads
From the moment the gun-slinging protagonist of Beyond the Grave entered into frame, gunning down cannibals and the undead on his grim, relentless search for a supernatural serial killer, I really wanted to like this Brazilian art house / horror film. I really, really did.
|Reach for the sky!|
|Doing? Oh, nothing. Just hanging around.|
|Drive the apocalypse in style|
|Porto dos Mortos has grave pacing issues|
Despite its visual creativity and fine cinematic composition, Beyond the Grave is a chore to sit through. It's not especially scary, and the ambiguous plot elements, mysteries, and occult ideas are like fog: not so easy to grasp as they are to see. Even borrowing extensive material from Stephen King's The Dark Tower series -- my favorite book series of all time -- wasn't enough to keep me enthralled by this indie Brazilian experiment in art house apocalyptic horror/drama.
More than anything, it made me want to read Stephen King's Dark Tower series over again.