Gorillanaut reviews: THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN

Meat, Trains, metaphors involving meaty trains and tunnels



Wow, it’s time for another FINAL GIRL FILM CLUB and this time it’s the gorehound fave,  Lucio Fulchi’s THE BEYOND. One of the many cool things about the Film Club is that this is where I get most of my hate mail, which is actually pretty fun.  So , what is there to say about THE BEYOND that that creepy Stallone kid hasn’t already said? I promise not to use the phrase “hallucinatory masterpiece” or the word “surreal”. Have you noticed that the word “surreal” is pretty fucking overused? I came to that realization when I saw a skank on ROCK OF LOVE describe meeting Brett Michaels as “surreal”. I didn’t see a melting clock anywhere. But back to Fulchi. 

So old Lucio has gotten some respect in the last twenty years, what with the “Fulchi Lives” t-shirts and some nice uncut dvd releases. Seems a lot of the time he has been dismissed as a less arty Argento which, depending on the flick, has some truth to it. But he did work in a lot more genres than Dario and in his defense he didn’t direct MOTHER OF TEARS.  I always considered Fulchi to be  the “Olive Garden of Italian Horror” myself, likening his excess to bottomless salad and unlimited breadsticks. Who doesn’t love that?


Take the next exit, turn left by the house by the cemetary

Take the next exit, turn left by the house by the cemetery

"I can't get BEYOND these unlimited breadsticks!"

"I can't get BEYOND these unlimited breadsticks!"


"WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU, right after this salad!"

"WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU, right after this salad!"

 So there’s an old hotel in scenic Mandeville Louisiana that was built on one of the gates to Hell. It’s twenty minutes away from New Orleans, straight across the Pontchartrain. This really doesn’t surprise me as I grew up in New Orleans and it pretty much is a gate to Hell. As the film begins we see a an artist painting what could best be described as a very bleak Roger Dean piece. Perhaps it was for the darkest YES album imaginable, possibly about a drunk Rick Wakeman murdering Jon Anderson with a hatchet in Pompeii.


"I need the cape or the mellotron won't work"

"I need the cape or the mellotron won't work"



 Liza( Catriona MacColl) inherits the charming property and sets out to start a B & B. People die horribly, including Joe the Plumber. Liza gets advice from a creepy blind chick with a German shepherd. There’s a rule in Italian Horror that German shepherds ALWAYS kill their blind human masters. I can actually only think of two other times this has happened (SUSPIRIA and WILD BEASTS) but that’s enough isn’t it?


"what, me worry?"

"what, me worry?"

Hey remember when tarantulas were still scary and you couldn’t buy them at the mall? Back when you needed tough guys like “Rack ” Hanson to topple their kingdoms? Fucking Animal Planet has de-mystified all the killer animals. The tarantulas in THE BEYOND are pretty cool though, especially the fake biting, squeaky ones. Who knew the Chilean Rose Hair was Satan’s number one arachnid? 


"Hey, can we hurry this up? I got a date with Tiffany Bolling"

"Hey, can we hurry this up? I got a date with Tiffany Bolling"


I love the oozy dripping dead guy tormenting the blind chick but wasn’t she already a ghost? Was her dog a ghost too?  It doesn’t matter I guess.

Always, always,  always put your acids on the top shelf, the rickety top shelf. And always hook up putrified corpses to oscilloscopes just for a laugh.

This movie has some cool set pieces and atmosphere, lots of waterlogged, moldy nastiness. Pretty much like New Orleans itself.

I didn’t like the walking dead as much as the ones in ZOMBIE but they’re still pretty cool. They didn’t seem as hungry but there were lots of them and they shuffle like Tim Conway playing the really old guy on The Carol Burnett Show. So a lot or most of the flick doesn’t make sense but it does convey a sense of dread and decay that is genuine and which is totally lacking in similar “gate to hell” flicks like THE SENTINEL.


FULCHI LIVES! Bob Fulchi that is, in Murderrock, Ok.

FULCHI LIVES! Bob Fulchi that is, in Murderrock, Ok.

So THE BEYOND. Good flick. Watch it, you’ll like it if you even have the slightest idea who Lucio Fulchi is.I would say it’s Fulchi’s SUSPIRIA or at least his INFERNO. Hey, if you like crime pictures check out Fulchi’s CONTRABAND. It might appeal to you gorehounds too. And pick up Stephen Thrower’s book BEYOND TERROR: The Films of Lucio Fulchi. Last but not least, thanks to FINAL GIRL.


Gorillanaut Reviews PUNISHER: WAR ZONE











The Wrong tree, the wrong day…

Komodo Dragons love meat apples, softened by an impact with the ground.

"I Can Haz Fruit picker"

"I Can Haz Fruit picker"


5. People love the Chachi! or actually Heather Thomas and Scatman!

4.People love Kim Jong Ill! If you don’t, you don’t eat!

3. I suppose she will not be denied

2. Everybody loves a Queen Gorilla

1. Connery! The Gun is good!

GALAXY OF TERROR a.k.a. the one with the space maggot that rapes a chick




Legend has it that Russian cinema genius Sergei Eisenstein felt that the pinnacle of film making would not be reached until it was possible to portray the rape of a woman by space maggot and have it be sublimely beautiful. Well, 1981 rolled around and B.D. Clark’s GALAXY OF TERROR reached that pinnacle.

So GALAXY OF TERROR seems to get slammed with the ALIEN rip-off tag pretty frequently but I prefer to see it as a rip-off of SOLARIS. The crew of a space ship goes to some shit- hole planet, possibly Gretna, to investigate something or another. Once they get there they are slowly picked off by their own worst fears materialized. Fortunately for us, one of the women ( thankfully not Erin “Joanie” Moran) has a fear of getting raped by a space maggot. The cast includes Ray Walston, Sid Haig , Edward Albert(No, not the Green Acres guy) Zalman King, Robert Englund and spooky Grace Zabriskie. If you are anything like me, you’ve always wanted to see Erin Moran’s head explode and thanks to B.D. Clark, you can. There are also some other creepy critters and bizarre gruesome deaths that are fun.

The sets and the effects are actually pretty good low budget stuff. There’s a decent amount of gore and even a bit of stop motion creature effects. I know I mentioned the space maggot but I also feel that I should point out that at some point during the rape, the woman appears to be having an orgasm. Shockingly taboo and yet sublimely beautiful. If you need the Gorillanaut rape disclaimer again, it goes something like this: Gorillnaut, The Naked Jungle and their parent company LIMBANI INTERNATIONAL are against rape a lot of the time, but not when it’s a space maggot rapist and done in a way that could be seen as “sublimely beautiful”.



I really like GALAXY OF TERROR. In many ways it seems like the greatest RUSH concept album that was never made put onto film. This cannot be denied especially when the mind bending conclusion of the “You are the Master” finale is reached. Cannot be denied. All in all it’s very much in the Italian knock off genre without being Italian. Sadly, I had to go to Italy to get my dvd which is fine because I was going  anyway.