Alternate titles : Horror House 2, La Casa 5, House 5 - El Regreso, Ghosthouse 6, Vingança das Bruxas

Tagline : "The evil one has come, to take the souls of the young"

Beyond DarknessA priest, Father Peter (Gene LeBrock), moves his family into a new home. But is surprised when his superior, Reverend Jonathon, rings him up the following day to ask if he's experienced anything "strange" since moving in.

Needless to say, it isn't long before ghostly goings on start to occur. The daughter's rocking horse starts rocking all by itself. The window flies open and blasts them with gale force winds. The radio turns itself on, despite being unplugged and starts playing weird music. Then, a kitchen cleaver comes to life and starts chasing them round the house.

If all that wasn't enough, ghostly zombies suddenly appear and attack the children, grabbing their young son and dragging him through a hole in the wall, back into their own realm.

As it turns out, the house was built on the site where a group of witches were burned at the stake centuries ago, and they're out for revenge. Enlisting the help of a fellow priest, Father George (David Brandon), who has has had dealings with witches before, they attempt to exorcise the evil spirits from the house and rescue his son.

Guess he shouldn't have moved his family into the same house that was used in "The Beyond" (1981).

Directed by Claudio Fagrasso (the "Troll 2" guy) the title should not be confused with the 1979 film "Beyond the Darkness", which was an entirely different film. This was released as a follow up of sorts to "Ghosthouse" (1988) and "Witchcraft" (1988) though plotwise has nothing to do with those films. Ripping off "The Amityville Horror" (1979), "Poltergeist" (1980) and even "The Exorcist" (1973), this is another low budget horror, typical of the sort of films that Italy was churning out during the late 80s.

It's worth a watch and to be fair, it's certainly no worse than some of those Amityville sequels, but it's not exactly ground breaking.

Overall Marks : 5/10.

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