I’ve never heard of director Panos Cosmatos but I’ll tell you what, the trailer for this upcoming sci-fi piece, Beyond The Black Rainbow is mighty sweet! It says absolutely nothing about the actual plot, teases with a series of unbelievably cool retro-science fiction imagery hearkening back to a time in the 80’s when a box on the video shelf needed nothing more than a good illustration to hook a rental. The movie’s website claims that it’s “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.” Consider me sold. That unbelievable analog synth soundtrack is a winner as well.
Want more? Check it: Deep within the mysterious Arboria Institute, a disturbed and beautiful girl (Allan) is held captive by a doctor in search of inner peace. Her mind controlled by a sinister technology. Silently, she waits for her next session with deranged therapist Dr. Barry Nyle (Rogers). If she hopes to escape, she must journey through the darkest reaches of The Institute… but Nyle wonʼt easily part with his most gifted and dangerous creation.
Individuals tuned to the social turmoil of the Reagan 80’s and the collective hangup on defeating communism with nuclear weapons in the night made 1983 to 1986 a really weird time to be a kid. Particularly, a kid growing up on shadowy dystopian science fiction and late shows proudly displaying poor production values in movies desperately trying to siphon some of that Mad Max cash that was so abundant in a society desperately trying to come to terms with the significant possibility that we all might die at the same time. Burned to a crisp instantly if we suffered the misfortune of living in and around a major population center, a Strategic Air Command base or a missile silo. Bravo Panos Cosmatos. Bravo. Now bring on the full feature, please!