Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Humans are such easy prey.
Scientists create a resonator to stimulate the pineal gland (sixth sense), and open up a door to a parallel (and hostile) universe. Based on a story by H. P. Lovecraft.
I caught this on cable last night and as soon as I finished it I got up, grabbed my keys and went out to go buy the Blu Ray/DVD from Scream Factory because I immediately needed to watch it again with the commentary track.
I loved Re-Animator so obviously I knew I'd really like this one too but I didn't expect to like it this much.
We get a completely different Jeffrey Combs in this movie. This time he's the victim. He's handsome. He's vulnerable. He wears a sweater.
Barbara Crampton plays a psychologist. According to the commentary track they thought she was too young to be this hot shot psychologist so they decided, "eh...give her big glasses." Genius.
As a huge fan of the "Re-Animator" franchise and Jeffrey Combs in general you wouldn't believe how many times this movie was recommended to me. Naturally I had to wait for the right mindset to give this a spin and what can I say, it was a huge success.
Crazy visuals, fantastic make up effects, creeps with tentacles, great performances, sexual undertones and a lot of love for Lovecraft make this one great experience for fans of old school 80s bodyhorror. I had the added benefit of watching this at night which gave it another dimension I wasn't expecting: It creeped me the fuck out. I'm generally nobody who's easy to scare but this had some parts that made me feel mighty uncomfortable. Well done for a movie that's almost 30 years old.
If you're into old school horror movies with dutch angles, atonal music, neon lighting and slimy practical effects, you simply can't go wrong with "From Beyond".
“I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness.”
"The Pineal Gland (also called the pineal body, epiphysis cerebri, epiphysis, conarium or the "third eye") is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. It produces the serotonin derivative melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and seasonal functions. Research conducted by Dr. Edward Pretorius suggests that carefully modulated electrosonic stimulation of the pineal gland can awaken a sixth sense in some subjects, piercing the veil that separates this dimension from the one beyond. Side effects…
As a followup to Re-Animator, it lacks that movie's subtextual/Sirkian magic, but as an exercise in disproving the old adage that "what you can't see will always be more unsettling than what you can," it's marvelous. Ultra-vivid, borderline impossible colors with special effects that somehow manage to one-up those in John Carpenter's The Thing.
Titular line report: Son of a bitch.
The strangest, drippiest, ooziest slice of horror this side of David Cronenberg, Stuart Gordon's "From Beyond" adapts H.P. Lovecraft into a delightfully deranged and slightly perverse piece of work. The small-scale film offers fun, gore, interesting statements on its subject, and jaw-snapping, monstrous mayhem. It is a memorably gooey and effective genre outing.
Beginning with an ill-fated experiment into another dimension, "From Beyond" centers around the scientists trying to recreate the experiment in order to solve a murder. A mix of Lovecraftian inter-dimensionality, madness, and bondage form the narrative soup, serving as a foundation for sly humor and potent, if rubbery, horror.
The production is limited in scale, but it is swift and energetic. Gordon creates a colorful canvas, with…
Wow! What a sci-fi/horror treat. A fucking extravaganza of gore and excellent special effects, with a stellar trio fronting the insanity. From Beyond has been on my radar for so long but I took fucking ages to get round to watching it. Stupid me! It fucking rules.
I've always had a hard time writing reviews for my favorite movies. I can not even begin to know how to write this review. From Beyond came to me when I was first getting into body horror and it has been a favorite of mine ever since. Its crazy pink/purple lighting that, at times, is both amazing and ridiculous, its hammy, but sincere, performances by Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton, and its fantastic special effects work are only some of the reasons why I love this fun schlock. As for the rest of the reasons, I'm afraid they're not something I can put into words. It's like the other world that the resonator reveals: there's something unknown filling up the air of this movie that just vibes with me and my pineal gland. I just know that by the time it's over I still want to see more, feel more!
more watchable than Seaman for the Sega Dreamcast.
just a thought.
Seriously, I did quite love this film.
Stuart Gordon's best??????
Joins the ranks of Manhunter and Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer and a couple others as one of the most underrated films of 1986.
Haha! Oh, man. The special FX in this movie are... just fucking incredible. Why don't they make movies like this anymore? I mean, really?
Perpetually in the shadow of its simpler, funnier older brother, From Beyond only suffers from its association with the better-loved Re-Animator. The same creative team and stars beefed up another skeletal H.P. Lovecraft tale into an '80s-ready cavalcade of rubbery gross-outs and kink-driven ids. Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton are back, this time with Crampton as the ambitious researcher seduced by mad science and Combs as the reluctant experimentee. Combs' colleague Dr. Pretorius (Ted Sorel) built a machine that stimulates the pineal gland, allowing people within range to interact with an overlapping plane of existence ruled by glowing eels and bugs and other slimy, carnivorous creatures. After seeing Pretorius' head chewed off, Combs wants nothing to do with it, but…
With its ultra-gross effects, cheesy-good dialogue, PHENOMENAL turquoise/pink color palette, unexpected BDSM detour, and Jeffrey Combs doing what he does best, this movie is pretty great. It doesn't hold the same place in my heart as RE-ANIMATOR but dang it if it doesn't live close by. Seeing it on 35mm deepened my appreciation, it just looked so good.
For a gore soaked kid like I was this was perfect! Wish I had seen it sooner
I guess I forgot to put I watched this. I did. It was amazing, one of my new favorite horror movies, might be my favorite Stuart Gordon flick. Goopy horror from another dimension!
Alright, I just bought this on blu-ray so I feel it's time to finally review this. I hadn't watched this in like 2 years or something and in that time, no matter how great a movie is, you're not gonna remember it all.
Here we have another great Lovecraft adaptation from Stuart Gordon & Brian Yuzna, with the perfect cast! Who better, then or now, to tramp about the gooey dark of the Lovecraft world other than Combs & Crampton.
I really loved getting to see Barbara Crampton do more this time around compared to just being the nurse girlfriend student a year before. This time she's a sexy doctor out for a mind trip! Living up to her worthy title of…
This is seriously glorious & amazingly fun. (And pretty weirdly sexy, and I think we all know how much I like uncomfortable sexy.) It's also a pretty magickal illustration of what I would describe as a sort of abstracted & non-person oriented sexuality. Like, mind sex without being new age.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…