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".
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.
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 enjoyed From Beyond quite a bit. I've seen it a couple of times over the years but last night was genuinely shocked at some of the more gory moments. In one of the Blu-Ray's many sweet featurettes, Stewie 'gooey' Gordon explains the classification board figuratively castrated his movie and after, thankfully, finding the offending film snippets 30 years later, his movie literally has its big hairy balls back with this stunning Directors Cut edition. Amen to that brother!
Barbara Crampton looks fantastic, Jeffrey Combs looks like hammered shit and Ted Sorel, well, he just looks like The Thing's ugly sister. It's no classic to be sure, but for a fun, inventive, 80's prosthetic mad creature feature, From Beyond is…
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…
Really, deplorably, hilariously awful.
Now most of you out there may know what neon looks like, but if anyone is curious as to what neon feels this should be stop number 1. The Combs/Gordon combo is still as unbeatable as it was in Re-Animator with Combs all awash in nervous energy, while director Stuart Gordon tries to outdo Thing-era Carpenter (he doesn't succeed, but it's fine).
Fun and campy take on H.P. Lovecraft with great gore effects and good performances.
Totally crazypants Stuart Gordon sci-fi/horror flick, with incredible performances by the whole (small) cast, not to mention the special effects crew. Jellyfish monsters, brain-penises... what's not to like?
Not sure why Stuart Gordon isn't afforded the same level of respect as Carpenter and Cronenberg - is it because his films are a little more trashy (OK, a lot more trashy), a little more difficult to read serious themes and allegories into? Either way, like Re-Animator, this is a Lovecraft adaptation for the '80s: full of camp, fun makeup gore effects, kinky leather outfits, and a deliciously hammy Jeffrey Combs performance.
In brief: I genuinely really liked it. Loved it, in fact. Particularly during the first hour or so, it was just fucking brilliant. Jeffrey Combs, Ken Foree, Barbara Crampton and Ted Sorel are extremely good value. The special effects and the body horror / sexploitation is just done marvellous. So blackly comic but with a really terrifying concept behind it. From Beyond is one of my favourite discoveries of the year so far.
Gordon gives Lovecraft a kinky, slimy, laser-y '80s makeover with variable results, but has showstopper moments and fun leads.
literally what even was this movie
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest." Top two-hundred is definitive. Only 1940-2015.