[[caption-width-right:338: Making the Hellmouth a place of fear and terror long before Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer came along]]

'''''E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilą ''''', known in English as '''''The Beyond''''' or '''''Seven Doors of Death''''' is a 1981 [[SurrealHorror surrealist]] [[ExploitationFilm exploitation]] horror film directed by Creator/LucioFulci, loosely based on the works of Creator/HPLovecraft and Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith.

Set in [[TheBigEasy Louisiana]], the film opens in 1927 with a painter named Schweick painting a vision of Hell in the basement of the Seven Doors Hotel when a lynch mob breaks in and murders him with quicklime, believing him to be a warlock. Shifting to the "present day", a young woman from New York named Liza Merril (Catriona Maccoll) has inherited the hotel and is renovating it. The activities of the contractors open the [[HellGate Gate of Hell]] the hotel is built over. Mysterious deaths and incidents ensue, with Liza and a local doctor encountering a mysterious blind girl who wants them to leave the hotel, a mystic tome called the Book of Eibon that supposedly contains the answers to the nightmare at hand, [[SpidersAreScary face eating tarantulas]], Schweick's ghoul, and eventually the rising dead. It ends with the two passing into the afterlife, which is [[TheNothingAfterDeath depicted as a blank gray wasteland littered with corpses]].

The film is one of four films by Lucio Fulci involving zombies, and the second film in his unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy (the others being ''Film/CityOfTheLivingDead'' and ''Film/TheHouseByTheCemetery''). [[MindScrew The plot is quite muddled and incoherent, with little explanation offered for anything at the end]]. Fulci said himself that he did not intend for it to be coherent; it was merely supposed to be [[RandomEventsPlot a succession of surrealist images]].

Though he originally intended it to be a HauntedHouse film, [[ExecutiveMeddling executives insisted he add zombies to make it more profitable]] due to zombie movies being the rage at the time. The film has since became a cult classic for its surrealist imagery, the {{Gorn}} that got it on Britain's infamous VideoNasties list, and for its [[SpecialEffectsFailure amateurish special effects]].
!!This film provides examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion: The Blackest Heart Media graphic novel, released in 1999 expands upon the backstories of the characters. In particular, Plumber Joe is a child molester who was also carrying on an affair with Martha. Also, Liza's backstory is explained as well.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: There's a sign saying "DO NOT ENTRY."
%%* BMovie
%%* TheBigEasy
* BoomHeadshot: Dr. [=McCabe=] manages to get a couple of headshots at some zombies. And then he has to shoot a ghoul that grabbed Liza's face. Dear '''GOD'', the results. [[http://www.bloodygoodhorror.com/bgh/files/promos/fulci%20lives%201.jpg Click through with extreme caution...]]
* BottomlessMagazines: Subverted; knowing that people would question his character shooting what appeared to be unlimited ammo from his gun, Creator/DavidWarbeck stealthily did some improv during in one scene (in the elevator of the hospital) where he reloads his gun... [[ArtisticLicense by dropping ammunition straight down the barrel]] (a lateral move, so far as realism goes).
* {{Corpsing}}: [=MacColl=] grins at Warbeck's above mentioned gun joke.
* CosmicHorrorStory: Probably the best way to explain [[MindScrew what the heck's]] [[SurrealHorror going on]].
* DownerEnding: Everyone sadly succumbs to the horrors of the house.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: As the story goes, they were added solely due to ExecutiveMeddling.
%%* ExploitationFilm
* EyeScream: The film features two eye gouging scenes, first done by hand coming from a hole on a wall.
* GainaxEnding: Where exactly the two remaining survivors end up in is hard to say.
* {{Gorn}}: It's what's in front of the camera when Lucio Fulci's ''behind'' the camera.
* HellGate: One is accidentally opened, causing the house to slowly become cursed.
* LovecraftOnFilm: Actually, Clark Ashton Smith on Film.
%%* MindScrew
* TheNothingAfterDeath: Fulci said the corpse-laden gray wasteland might be how the afterlife would appear to an atheist.
* SpidersAreScary: A bunch of demonic tarantulas appear out of nowhere and proceed to eat an unconscious man's face.
%%* SurrealHorror
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Book of Eibon.
* TrustMeImADoctor: Said word-for-word by Dr. John [=McCabe=].
* [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]]