Fantastic Fest Presents

High for the Holidays: BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW

Director Panos Cosmatos
Year 2010
Starring Eva Allan, Michael Rogers and Scott Hylands
Rating R
Run Time 110min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Young Elena has been a prisoner her entire life, her world consisting of four stark white walls and a single window. On the other side of that window is Doctor Barry Nyle. Is he Elena’s salvation or her tormenter?Will she ever be free to live a normal life? And what, pray tell, is the exact purpose of the mysterious glowing pyramid at the center of the institute that contains them both?

BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is a psychedelic head trip of the highest order, born of the pre-teen fantasies of writer-director Panos Cosmatos as he browsed through early 1980s Canadian sci-fi and horror VHS tapes that he would never be allowed to rent. Cosmatos captures the aesthetics of an era eff ortlessly while fusing those influences into something bold, visionary, and entirely his own.

Michael Rogers delivers a mesmerizing performance as Barry Nyle, hiding a layer of obsession and…something else…beneath his cold and clinical exterior. But as gripping as Rogers is, the world that Cosmatos creates is the real star, the visuals providing a truly immersive experience matched by the original score composed by Black Mountain’s Jeremy Schmidt entirely on vintage analog synthesizers. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em and just let it all wash over you. (Todd Brown)

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