Intriguing, bizarre and visually stunning first clip arrives for dark sci-fi ‘Beyond the Black Rainbow’

Director Panos Cosmatos’ incredibly dark sci-fi, Beyond the Black Rainbow, is a film I am literally bursting with excitement to see. Reviews from festival screenings have been extremely positive, and judging by the full length trailer released in February, we are in for one hell of a ride with this.

A brand new clip has been released as the film hits limited cinemas in the US, and we have the clip here for you to enjoy. It is two minutes of mind bending weirdness, and the wonderful score reminds me of the early Italian Giallo horrors. The visuals are breathtaking, yet very simple, and look like the sci-fi of old where CGI hadn’t been invented yet. The atmosphere reminds me a little of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the fact nothing really makes sense in the clip also makes me think of 2001. The clip is very interesting, and it is refreshing to see a film brave enough to not spell everything out for the viewer. I have a feeling Beyond the Black Rainbow is going to be something very very special. Sadly there are still no release details for here in the UK.

Check out the full length trailer here


Beyond the Black Rainbow, written and directed by Panos Cosmatos, is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. Cosmatos brings a bold, Kubrickian vision to the screen in stunning detail in this sci-fi fable of a young woman imprisoned in an experimental laboratory and the enigmatic scientist who is her captor. Set in a futuristic 1983, Elena finds herself held against her will in a mysterious facility under the watchful eye of the sinister Dr. Barry Nyle. Pushed to her limits, Elena is left with no choice but to navigate an escape from her labyrinthine prison, in the process revealing its hidden secrets.

At once creatively futuristic and hypnotically retro, Beyond the Black Rainbow evokes the spirit of classic 1970s and 80s science fiction films through its vintage-inspired chromatic cinematography, elaborate set pieces, and an authentically retro sci-fi score composed entirely on analog synthesizers by Black Mountain’s Jeremy Schmidt. With all the makings of a cult classic, Beyond the Black Rainbow is sure to absorb viewers in its unique dystopian futurescape and marks the trippy, exciting debut of a promising new talent in the science fiction world.

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.

By Matt Wavish

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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