Beyond The Black Rainbow
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Set in the strange and oppressive emotional landscape of the year 1983, Beyond the Black Rainbow is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. From the producer of "Machotaildrop," Rainbow is the outlandish feature film debut of writer and director Panos Cosmatos. Featuring a hypnotic analog synthesizer score by Jeremy Schmidt of "Sinoia Caves" and "Black Mountain," Rainbow is a film experience for the senses. -- (C) Magnet

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's much to admire about Panos Cosmatos' directorial debut, but the end result is admittedly not for all tastes."
‑ William Goss, MSN Movies
"Much of the time, watching Beyond the Black Rainbow is accompanied by head scratching, but perhaps that's the point of this trippy outing."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Part Cronenberg, part Bava, and part De Palma ... It's a film that manages to feel both new and long-forgotten at the same time."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"If you follow the muddled spacy film's logic throughout, you deserve a merit honor badge for devotion to service beyond the call of duty."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a twisted version of 2001: A Space Odyssey which takes place in a psychological torture chamber rather than in the whole of the universe"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The movie looks like it was lit by lava lamps, scored on Moog synthesizers, written between bong hits and acted underwater. None of this is meant as praise."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Close-ups of a needle penetrating gnarled toes and a mutant slathered in what I choose to believe is bittersweet chocolate make as much sense as the scary drawings of angry vulvas hiding in a drawer."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The rich and strange debut of Panos Cosmatos throbs with style and portent, which proves a winning combination even if it is somewhat light in the narrative department."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Nothing much happens in this experimental-type science fiction horror film. What little does happen is at a slow-motion snail's pace."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The product of a fevered mad auteur... May prove to be one of the more rewarding and disturbing film experiences in many a year."
‑ Witney Seibold, CraveOnline
""Beyond the Black Rainbow" has a doomy, dreamy, druggy, draggy feel that's impressively sustained - until it becomes oppressive, then pointless, then laughable."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"This would-be cult classic is the movie equivalent of gazing at a lava lamp for nearly two hours."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Audiences who appreciate oddball first efforts from talents such as Lynch (Eraserhead), Cronenberg (Shivers) and Jeunet (Delicatessen) will be thankful."
‑ Simon Foster,
"If 2001: A Space Odyssey had an evil twin masquerading as a horror film, this would be it. Beyond the Black Rainbow culls from untold volumes of film history even as it delivers its own uniquely brilliant freak-outs."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"While never quite dull, 'Beyond the Black Rainbow' doesn't achieve all the chills it's capable of."
‑ Dan Lybarger, KC Active
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