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…
Wonderful low budget horror film that clocks in at sub 90 minutes, which is just perfect.
'From Beyond' excels at its body horror, especially in the final (and strongest) act, but unfortunately even at 80 minutes, it feels a little too padded out; it takes 30 minutes for anything to really get moving. There's some interesting exploration of human sexuality (alongside some BDSM shaming), but at points it's a tad generic and ultimately 'Re-Animator', with its black comedy alongside its elements of science fiction/horror holds up as the stronger and more memorable film. Wonder how I'll react to 'Dagon'?
The gruesome, effect laden climax isn't as much gory and inventive fun as Gordon's Reanimator but From Beyond is still a remarkably entertaining Lovecraft adaptation with suspense and camp thrills to spare.
Holy mother of god is this movie weird. I liked Re-Animator so much, and have heard so many things about this movie over the years that I figured I had to check it out. And while I'm certainly glad I did, I'm curious how this movie achieved the staying power that it has.
Is it the creature effects? Because they're cool, and actually kind of hard to look at at times, which is impressive in its own right, but none of the designs stick with me like the creatures in The Thing or even Re-Animator. Is it the themes? Because I'm not even entirely sure what they are other than a loose look at madness and obsession. You could throw…
Try watching this one when you're high. Holy shit!
A breathtaking, gloriously gory experience that doesn't exactly seek to explore the deeper meaning of human consciousness, but is way too fun to care.
Back in the early/mid-90s when I was getting into movies and REALLY getting into horror films, this was one of my first "discoveries." The cover art really drew me in and when I saw "from the creators of Re-Animator" at the bottom it was an instant rental. I fell in love from the get go and shared it with all my friends, none of which had seen or heard about it. I even ended up buying that rental VHS when the store had a sale; somewhere I still have it.
Anyway, great movie, fantastic special effects, and a career best performance from Barbara Crampton (and hey, Jeffrey Combs is excellent too). A couple years ago I wrote about From Beyond during a Stuart Gordon appreciation week over at my blog. Check out that full review here:
I had never seen this film before, and unlike Re-Animator, has never been on my radar. Which is strange since I am a huge horror fan. Top notch production values and special effects, but has none of the heart or the fun of Re-Animator. Still, I'm glad I purchased the Blu-Ray.
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" (as well as some of my…