Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010 film)

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Scene from Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010 film)...


Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.


  • Release Date: 2010
  • Country/Language: Canada, English
  • Genres/Technical: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Art/Experimental
  • Setting: 1970s cult compound or Dreamlands
  • Runtime: 1 hr 50 min
  • Starring: Eva Bourne, Michael Rogers, Scott Hylands
  • Director: Panos Cosmatos
  • Writer: Panos Cosmatos
  • Producer/Production Co: Chromewood Productions
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, Nudity, Sexual Situations)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not exactly a "Lovecraftian" film in the sense of being based on any of Lovecraft's work or containing references to his creations, though some viewers may find the location and atmosphere suggestive of Lovecraft's work (an "Eldritch Location" film).

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Michael Allen at 28 Days Later Analysis (link) - "Beyond the Black Rainbow is more focused on creating an impression rather than telling a linear storyline."
  • Cliff Evans at A Lifetime in Dark Rooms (link) - "You get the sense that this is something at its end, a dying thing kept barely alive for one purpose, and what that purpose is and what it has taken to achieve it are only hinted at..."
  • S.R. Jones at Martian Migraine Press, (link) - "...Lovecraftian to the core... It should be noted that Beyond the Black Rainbow is a glacially paced film.... Thankfully, it is so well-crafted visually, and the skillful intensity of the actors... makes it a psychedelic slow burn that’s quite enjoyable... a film that leaves a lot open to interpretation, and provides no easy answers, which as far as I’m concerned is another black feather in it’s Lovecraft cap...."
  • Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (1/5 Stars) (link) - "...Beyond the Black Rainbow feels like a piece of deconstructionist art – where the popular symbols of a previous era are taken by an artist and used divorced of any context. What we have is a film that is all look – all psychedelic light shows and antiseptic futures – that sits in service of precisely nothing beyond the look itself."
  • Cody Yoder at It All Happens in the Dark (B+) (link) - "The final image that closes out the film and the implications it leaves us with are haunting."


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Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.


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