The 7 Doors of Death Version of the Beyond

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  1. Grim

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    Title says it all. This is basically my holy grail of alternate cuts that I have yet to find anywhere. I cannot believe that the tape hasn't been transferred and uploaded at some point in the past 30ish years. I would just buy the Thriller video tape, but I'm not shelling out $200 for curiosity's sake. Does ANYONE know of a source to view this cut? The boredom of COVID stay-at-home is wearing on me and this would give me something to view and dissect for a bit.
     
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    I could be wrong, but I'm sure it's on DVD.

    I was at a used DVD store (remember those?), and a group of people were actively seeking out bad horror films, and someone grabbed the 7 Doors DVD. I told them I hadn't seen THAT version, but that it was a re-edit of a good horror movie called The Beyond. They actually had a copy of The Beyond, and I showed them to compare.

    EDIT: A quick trip to E-bay found this: https://www.ebay.com/p/3356634?iid=...6nrVxiC8_3500sfj1H8G-PnjkOxmYSUAaAvITEALw_wcB
     
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    I had that DVD! It actually is the full uncut version with a crudely inserted “Seven Doors of Death” title card. I was very disappointed.
     
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    I looked up some of the DVDs on Ebay and one of the users specified that this version was 9 minutes shorter than The Beyond. Here is the quote from 2009:

    "the 7 doors of death

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE- Fulchi is probably my favorite italian director ( it's close next to rgento and the Bava's) but this is his gem, in my opinion. Zombi is fantastisc as well- but of the gates of hell trilogy- this is in my opinion the best all arond, i only wish i had gotten ' the beyond' instead- this version is 9 minutes shorter that the remastered ' beyond' rehaul, i may just have to have both copies :)"

    Also the back cover of the DVD lists the run time as 80 minutes which would make it a cut version if that is accurate. I don't own this version of the movie but we are getting differing information.

    Here are the newspaper clippings from when the film was released in San Diego as well as the U.S. one sheet poster.

    Beyond  lobby Newspaper Ad.JPG Beyond   (one sheet).JPG
     
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    Holy crap is it really going for that much? I should dig through my parent's attic and see if my copy is still there!
     
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    Yeah I've seen good condition copies go anywhere from $150-200. Cash in on that!
     
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    The drive-in theaters in those ads are still open!

    The rest are gone. I think the longest lasting was the UA Glasshouse. I saw Jackie Brown there, so it was in operation as late as 1997. As for the "Casino Theater", well that explains why the downtown Ghirardeli store has a movie marquee on the outside: https://www.google.com/maps/@32.712...342&pitch=0&thumbfov=100!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en
     
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    I have a DVD marked as 7 DOORS OF DEATH that a friend bought me as a joke . It looked like a solid port from a laser disc or DVD. Never watched it all so I don't know if it was cut or not. I first saw it the cut version on the old Thriller Video VHS. The titles on that were rather crude and from memory looked like a door slowly opening.
     
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    Other than the Santee Drive-In I've been to all the other theaters. I grew up in Mira Mesa which is where I had to sneak in to see movies like Maniac, The Thing, and American Werewolf in London. Those were good times.
     

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