Occasionally I get the privilege of coming across a film and director the revitalizes my love of Indie cinema. “Beyond The Grave” is such a film and Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro is that director. The film is a beautiful fusion arthouse action thrill ride with just the right mix of character exaggeration, melodrama, effects and story that totally flips a subgenre’s often redundant script. “Beyond The Grave” follows a vengeful police officer, “Officer”, who searches for a possessed serial killer in a battle of the not-so-good versus absolute evil, in a devastated post-apocalyptic world where the rules of reality are transformed by magic and madness. The film stars Rafael Tombini, Álvaro Rosa Costa, Ricardo Seffner, Amanda Lerias, Luciana Verch and Leandro Lefa.
The story takes an almost graphic novel’s approach to creativity with the characters almost over-the-top, stoic personalities, a back drop of earthly chaotic badlands and plenty of adventurous bravado. Normally the subject matter explored in “Beyond The Grave” would come across as “been there-done that” however the visional brilliance of de Oliveira Pinheiro’s way of telling the story makes everything seem fun and fresh. There are elements of Sergio Leone, Tarantino and Hong Kong influences within “Beyond The Grave”, that are more atmospheric nods to other’s in this subgenre of action/horror, but de Oliveira Pinheiro brings so much originality to this film that his unique talent cannot be denied. “Beyond The Grave” is just one of those films I feel in love with the minute I hit play! I am calling it neo-western/bairro.
The effects, style and soundtrack utilized in “Beyond The Grave” bring some lighter, black comedy and humor to the story that allows de Oliveira Pinheiro to tell such a strong, brutal tale of unforgiving life/death/hell in “Beyond The Grave” that otherwise would have been too intense for the average viewer. It all just comes together as some live action, thrill kill wasteland, graphic novel piece of awesome. The film is subtitled for English viewers so be warned if you go to watch the film (I personally love subtitles over voiceovers). “Beyond The Grave” really is a fun, off-beat, arthouse film that showcases a true talent with Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro. This is cult cinema at it’s future best and will go on to become a classic cult film-I just feel it with this film. Can’t wait to see what else de Oliveira Pinheiro has in store.