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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…
The creature designs and effects are great, better than Re-Animator's (and Barbara Crampton does good work with the expanded role) but its not quite as funny, fun or well paced.
That tagline though, goddamn.
Check out my full Exhumed Films: The Empire Pictures Marathon list to read about the rest of the films, the Q&A's with Dennis Paoli and Daniel Griffith, as well as find links to all the trailers and commercials that were screened between films.
This was my second viewing of From Beyond, and even with the added layers that the film's writer, Dennis Paoli, added at the Q&A after the screening, I'm still not crazy about this movie. It sort of feels like Hellraiser meets The Brood, and I think generally I'd rather watch either of those movies before watching this. That's not to say this isn't a good film; I think it's rather good, with a lot to unpack, some…
The nastier, less comedic and more serious counterpart to the outrageous goof that is Reanimator- From Beyond takes basically the same crew and gives it another go. Maybe less memorable and lasting than Reanimator, but while it's happening it's enthralling. Maybe the best movie of yesterday's #exhumedfilms #empirepicturesmarathon .
Highly disturbing and featuring some brain-melting effects. A terrific sophomore feature from one S. Gordon.
I've seen this movie twice, both times at late night marathon screenings - and as such I've never stayed conscious for the whole thing. I'm confused, therefore, as to why the lead actress ends up in fetish gear halfway through. Though of course, that's the least of the film's bizarrities.
Some great effects and a brilliant soundtrack. Visually it was nice too, especially when there was a pink tinge to things, very easy on the eye.
Whilst the slasher craze was in full boom, Gordon and Yuzna refused to follow suit and created batshit crazy films like this and Re-Animator, thank the Lord they did.
Ken Foree proves once again he is a bad muthafucka.
Some great visuals, but it's not really my thing.
Things go arse up when a very carnal man with an insatiable appetite for fanny harnesses a scientist's technology (designed to communicate with parallel dimensions) in order to penetrate the mind.
Very slimy and very cheeky, this belter knows precisely how ridiculous a man running about in his pants is.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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