Young Elena has been a prisoner her entire life, her world consisting of four stark white walls and a single window. On the other side of that window is Doctor Barry Nyle. Is he Elena’s salvation or her tormenter? Will she ever be free to live a normal life? And what, pray tell, is the exact purpose of the mysterious glowing pyramid at the center of the institute that contains them both?
Beyond the Black Rainbow is a psychedelic head trip of the highest order, born of the pre-teen fantasies of writer-director Panos Cosmatos as he browsed through early 1980s Canadian sci-fi and horror VHS tapes that he would never be allowed to rent. Cosmatos captures the aesthetics of an era eff ortlessly while fusing those influences into something bold, visionary, and entirely his own.