When Magnolia Pictures sent over a clip for us to premiere from Beyond the Black Rainbow, the only thing I could think after watching it was, "Wow, I messed up." I had the opportunity to see the film last year at Fantastic Fest, and despite all the strong buzz it got (our own Peter Martin's called it a "heady, healthy trip into the unknown"), I wound up missing it at the festival. This clip from the film makes me deeply regret that.
Most impressive about that, though, is even after watching this clip, and reading the synopsis and watching the full trailer (both included below), I still have no idea what Panos Cosmatos' film is actually about-- and I love that. I do know one thing for sure though: I NEED to see this movie. I honestly have no idea what I'll be getting myself into, but Beyond the Black Rainbow hits theaters May 18th and after watching this clip, I can feel it calling to me, demanding that I see what other awesomeness it has in store.
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. Cosmatos was born in Rome in 1974 to the late Greek movie director (George Cosmatos) and a Swedish experimental artist mother. He spent his early formative years traveling all over the globe before settling in Canada. In 1981, the family lived for a year in Mexico where exposure to the strange local interpretations of American pop culture had a profound and lasting effect on his creative life. Growing up in the isolated suburbs of Vancouver Island during the 80s, he obsessed over the minutiae of heavy metal, fantasy art, and science fiction horror films, which he still does to this day. He then immersed himself in the underground art and music scenes making short films, album covers and music videos with a burgeoning group of influential and ground breaking artists. Pantos currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Here's the full trailer: