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…
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.
This is a film that goes "beyond" going way too far. That's its charm. It spits in the face of detractors of "over-the-top" gore, morbidness, and insanity and takes it to a new level. Its cringeworthy imagery feels refreshing at the same time it is ripping your soul out and making you vomit all over it. Jeffery Combs who previously starred in Re-Animator also Directed by Stuart Gordon plays it calmer in this one. That's not to say that he is calm, but just not quite as wacky as Re-Animator.
The film is as minimal of plot as you could expect, but that's kind of the point. It spends its efforts on other things like, gore, laughs, S & M smut,…
Strangely enough, H.P. Lovecraft’s “From Beyond,” the 1934 short story on which Stuart Gordon’s film is based, doesn’t feature the scene where heroic policeman Bubbba Brownlee grapples with a giant interdimensional worm in a flooded basement while adorned only in bikini briefs. Which is a shame, because his bulge is worthy of at least three paragraphs alone.
But I guess we should all be thankful Gordon’s From Beyond isn’t a faithful adaptation of Lovecraft, since if it was we would lose the pervy Dr. Pretorius, the buckets of blood and slime, the uncomfortable sexual imagery of Crawford Tillinghast’s enlarged pineal gland, and Ken Foree getting eaten by a swarm of angry Dippin’ Dots. In fact, we’d pretty much be deprived…
Stuart Gordon directs this wonderfully bizarre and disturbing adaptation of the H. P. Lovecraft short story. For the most part the specials effects makeups hold up very well (although some not as much as others) and there is a lot of brutal gore throughout. I really like the use of color and lighting when The Resonator was turned on. Jeffrey Combs gives a solid albeit over-the-top performance as the protagonist. Ted Sorel is massively creepy as the film's villain and his transformation scenes are mind blowing. Barbara Crampton in a dominatrix outfit plus Ken Foree. I highly recommend checking this out.
"He's trying to start the resonator... from beyond!"
Well that was certainly a film.
I don't know what to say about From Beyond.
Except Stuart Gordon successfully created a David Cronenberg film.
Director Stuart Gordon reunites a few cast members from Re-Animator (Barbara Crampton and Jeffrey Combs) in another movie based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft and while it may not quite reach the giddy highs that the exploits of Herbert West did, it’s a solid horror that holds up surprisingly well.
Starting off with a very similar short, sharp shock sequence a la Re-Animator, we get to encounter Crawford Tillinghast (played by Combs) as he escapes from an experiment gone awry that has resulted in the death of Dr Pretorius (Ted Sorel). Pretorius was working on an invention known as a resonator that would help to stimulate the pineal gland and show more of that which normally remains unseen all…
THIS IS WHAT SCIENCE FICTION MOVIES SHOULD BE LIKE!!! It's got nutso-futso (in the good way) ideas, Jeffrey Combs being crazy, and Ken Foree being super tough. Barbara Crampton is great as a scientist who briefly gets into S&M in a way that's understandable. It's my favorite movie about the pineal gland.
First time viewing this bizarre, yet hilarious, body horror flick, and I have to say, the seriousness in which Jeffrey Combs approaches the material with is the film's highlight. As is the case with most Lovecraft film adaptations, the image we can conjure up in our imaginations is far scarier than anything that can be produced by latex effects. But director Stuart Gordon does a good enough job making the effects standout--it's cheesy but it's earnest, and it's always nice to go back and see horror effects that are tangible rather than shitty, coldly-produced CGI.
Of course science just can't leave well enough alone in a film like this, and Gordon's thesis is that we as humans have no ability…
Da Lovercraft, un horror che mette a segno più colpi, seppure
nella parsimonia degli effetti speciali.
Il finale è veramente "terrorizzante".
I've never been really into horror movies. I'll watch them, sure, but often I don't see the point. It's near impossible for me to get caught with jump scares and the like. I've just seen too many films. But that's not where From Beyond goes at all. No, From Beyond is a nightmare. It feels like you're stuck in a dream gone horribly wrong and there's no escape, bar the pause button. Every scene is weird and uncomfortable and nothing is quite right. It's quite the accomplishment.
And it has Barbara Crampton in leather dominatrix gear. If I hadn't have been 10 at the time I would have had a massive crush on Barbara Crampton.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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