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Human Experiments (also known as Beyond the Gate) is a 1979 American horror film directed and co-produced by Gregory Goodell.[1] It stars Linda Haynes, Geoffrey Lewis, Ellen Travolta, Aldo Ray, Jackie Coogan and Lurene Tuttle. This film earned its notoriety for being targeted by England's Director of Public Prosecutions during the video nasty furore in the early 1980s. Although it was listed on the first "video nasty" list issued by the DPP on July 4, 1983, the film was never prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act[3] and had originally been given an uncut (now defunct[4]) X rating by the BBFC for theatrical release in 1979.[2]

Human Experiments
Human Experiments 1979 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGregory Goodell
Produced by
  • Gregory Goodell
  • Summer Brown[1]
Screenplay byRichard Rothstein[1]
Story byGregory Goodell[1]
Music byMark Bucci[1]
CinematographyJoão Fernandes[1]
Edited by
  • Barbara Pokras
  • Jon Gregory[1]
Pyramid Entertainment[1]
Release date
  • 1979 (1979)
Running time
78 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States



Rachel Foster (Linda Haynes) is a country singer travelling alone through the United States. She resists the advances of lecherous bar owner Mat Tibbs (Aldo Ray) and in her hurry to leave town, she accidentally wrecks her car. Looking for assistance, she finds what appears to be an abandoned house - but after stumbling inside the place, unbeknownst to her, she discovers that, in fact, it's the scene of a grisly multiple homicide perpetrated by a young boy. Simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time, she's railroaded into a women's correctional facility by the prurient bar owner's brother Sheriff Tibbs (Jackie Coogan) as well as falsely charged with the murders, the innocent musician finds herself at the mercy of prison psychiatrist Doctor Kline (Geoffrey Lewis) who has insidious intentions up his sleeve. Evidently it doesn't take Rachel long to realize that something is greatly amiss. The prison is also hiding a dark secret from the public eye when some female inmates inexplicably go missing without a trace. Kline has some radical techniques for "curing" criminality, and after a failed escape attempt she undergoes his 'treatment' and completely loses her mind.


Home videoEdit

Scorpion Releasing released the film on Blu-ray in 2018, featuring an audio commentary track with director Greg Goodell.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Human Experiments (1979)". British Film Institute. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Human Experiments". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  3. ^ Morris, Marc; Wingrove, Nigel (2009). The Art of the Nasty. Godalming: FAB Press. p. 36. ISBN 9781903254578.
  4. ^ "The X Certificate". British Film Institute. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Scorpion Releasing: Remastered Human Experiments Prepped for Blu-ray". February 6, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018.


  • Martin, John: The Seduction of the Gullible: Curious History of the British "Video Nasties" Phenomenon. Nottingham: Procrustes Press, 1993, page 206. ISBN 9780952251002

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