Box art for Beyond the Black Rainbow

Beyond the Black Rainbow

  • Rated R

independent, special interest

Held captive in a specialized medical facility, a young woman with unique abilities seeks a chance to escape her obsessed captor.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Close-ups of a needle penetrating gnarled toes and a mutant slathered in what I choose to believe is bittersweet chocolate make as much sense as the scary drawings of angry vulvas hiding in a drawer.

- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Friday, May 18, 2012

Rotten: Add two more stars here if zoning out to weirdo-dreamy, '80s public-access TV with a synthesizer soundtrack is your idea of midnight fun.

- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rotten: Much of the time, watching Beyond the Black Rainbow is accompanied by head scratching, but perhaps that's the point of this trippy outing.

- Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, Thursday, June 7, 2012

Audience Reviews

2 stars

There are three movies that I have watched in my lifetime that I can honestly say, I have no clue what it was about, and you really need drugs to understand. "Muholland Drive", "Tree of Life", and now "Beyond the Black Rainbow" make up a trilogy of movies that will scramble your brain, leave you scratching your head, and when it's over say "Why did I watch this?" This is some psychedelic horror/drama about a crazy Dr. with a patient who has mind powers, I think. I don't know really, you just need to watch for yourself. I saw the trailer for this last month on a show called "Nothing but trailers" and thought it was the weirdest/craziest trailer I ever saw, and had to watch it. Well, I watched, and I'm still left with zero answers. The only reason I give this 2 stars is because there are 2 things about this movie I really did like, and fans of horror movies will like(won't understand, but will like). The score is probably the scariest music you will ever hear in a movie, and it's all synthesizer type music that will literally give you chills. The second, the Dr. is the creepiest character I have seen in a long time. People tend to fear what they don't understand, and in that regard, he is one scary mofo. You may not get anything in this movie, but you will be creeped out by him, I promise! If you want a movie that will creep you out, then check this out, just don't expect to know what is going on, or understand any of it. If you do get it, please hit me up and let me know, because I didn't get it at all, and I usually get these types of movies.

- fb100000145236770, Friday, July 20, 2012

2 stars

I could not do spoilers on this film if I wanted to - I could barely follow it. I suspect that was the whole idea of it. There were things I liked about it - I liked the look of the film, it had a very 70's feel (though it is a recent movie), I think it was set in the past, but not even sure on that, quite honestly. I kept thinking all the way through, this would make a good music video! As a movie, though, excruciatingly slow with no real payback at the end. You will likely have more questions than answers. Movie looks great and liked the soundtrack, but it's a long and frustrating two hours.

- romy861, Friday, June 8, 2012

3 stars

Like a wet dream of Jodorowski, Cronenberg, Lynch and Kubrick's 2001 combined into one, with a distinctive creepy sci-fi movie vibe hailing from the 70s Russia. It's pretty wonderful to look and listen to while it lasts and has a creepy aura surrounding the odd narrative but I'd be lying if once the novelty is gone, it overstay's it's welcome. And how soon the novelty will start to disappear will depend a lot on the type of viewer for sure.

- piranhaa72, Tuesday, October 16, 2012