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.
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…
From Beyond (1986), dir. Stuart Gordon:
Slither (2006), dir. James Gunn:
It all makes sense.
Now I just need to see Society.
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.
Classic 80's sci-fi/body-horror from director Stuart Gordon.
Loosely based on the H.P. Lovecraft tale, a mad scientist creates a machine that opens up a door to a parallel universe inhabited by various nasty's.
A typically brilliant over-the-top performance from Jeffrey Combs and scream queen Barbara Crampton of Re-Animator fame, and a slew of excellent make-up and creature effects make this a classic watch.
Stuart Gordon's follow up to Re-Animator doesn't work quite as well for me, but it's still a superior work in the genre. It's fun, but not funny, and it doesn't have the memorable characters this time around. Overall, the tone and pace just never hit that perfect pitch that Re-Animator did. But it does have one thing that Re-Animator doesn't, and that's a major dose of sexuality mixed in with the bizarre, and very effectively disgusting monster stuff.
It adds up to something that's very creepy at times, and I liked it a lot. It's got a bit of Cronenberg body horror going on too that is delightfully nasty. It may not be up to the gold standard set by Re-Animator, but this is still about as good as these movies get.
The visual effects alone are worth a watch. This, plus brilliant performances from Combs, Crampton and Foree make Stuart Gordon's second H.P. Lovecraft adaptation an incredibly enjoyable romp that plays somewhere between Re-Animator and Hellraiser.
I think by this point Barbara Crampton must be contracted to get naked in every film she's in but we also get a crazed Ken Foree in his underpants too for our sins. The sexual aspects of From Beyond seem needless and tacked on but it never detracts from the overall phantasmagorical feast of frightening fancy.
Well, you have to see this one to believe it. It must be one of the most gruesome films out there in case of special effects, a lot of effort was put into that and it shows. Practical effects are still awesome! Jeffrey Combs is his usual self and he rocks as Crawford!
If your looking for a 80 minute 80's horror gorefest, this is it!
Stuart Gordon's second Lovecraft-inspired picture, From Beyond, is quite a treat for fans of 80's horror. Gordon brought back favorites Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), throwing in a nice performance by the likeable Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead) with John Carl Buechler (director of Troll and Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) providing special effects work.
Based on the people involved in the film you probably already know whether you'll like it or not. It isn't a life-changer, but if you're looking for some cheesy, bizarre fun this movie may be just what you need. The current DVD/Blu-Ray release by Scream Factory is fully uncut, restoring several minutes of footage and complemented by some great extras, including new features and interviews and a commentary track with the director and cast.
Re-visited a film I hadn't seen in over a decade. The plot is paper thin and the acting is hit and miss even though it has a few genre legends in it. The practical effects are really good in it and haven't aged too badly. Only worth a watch if you like old school horror with decent effects.
Also has a really cool poster.
From Beyond, which reunited the director, writer, producer, lead actor and actress and much of the cast and crew of Re-Animator, doesn't have quite the name recognition or huge cult of the earlier film, but it's just as great and, I think, a bit more fun. This is largely thanks to the opportunity the story gave the special effects artists to go way over the top - while Re-Animator was all talking heads and rampaging intestines (not that I'm complaining), From Beyond's plot, which revolves around a machine that allows its users to peek into another dimension, makes room for mutating humans with putty-like flesh, flying eel monsters and out-of-control pineal glands that protrude from characters' foreheads, bringing the phrase…
Cheesy as hell, but the practical effects are lovely.
Watched the scream factory bluray - excellent presentation.
i've been thinking about from beyond and hellraiser all day and why the whole driving force behind both has never sat well with me, despite being an avid consumer and sometimes proponent of sex n death & pain n pleasure in the genre, and i think i finally figured it out--it's bc of both films' relationship to sex and their shared idea of the ultimate masochistic pleasures of hell are entirely tethered together. it seems like such a minor bone to pick considering the material, but like, i just want the pleasure of hell and all it entails (hideous transformation and grotesque monstrosity at every turn, mostly) without an uncomfortable (and male-centric) devotion to sex.
both films are situated firmly in…
Words cannot describe how disturbing and hilarious From Beyond still is in 2014. I remember the amazing cover art of the VHS in my local video store and being intrigued - how glad am I that I waited.
The version available up until now was a severely (rightfully so) MPAA Approved Rated R version, and it wasn't until a considered lost print was discovered that they were able to add in a whopping 5 minutes of trims and cuts (not even whole scenes, just cuts!). If you haven't checked out Shout Factory's new Bluray restoration, I strongly recommend buying it NOW, smoking your finest green herb and enjoying the ensuing mania of head-boners, monster rape, super comedic acting and killer tictacs. This is by far one of the best endings in a horror film ever.
Superior to Re-Animator in terms of pacing and true horror, From Beyond deserves a place in everyone's perverse gooey heart.
- Under the Skin
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- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-632 are not ordered yet.
- The Seventh Victim
- The Devils
- Carnival of Souls
- The Perfume of the Lady in Black
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…