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…
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,…
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.
Ken Foree teaches us the answer to the age old question of what to do when you've got 5 dumplings but only 3 plates.
Two scientist build a machine that opens your third eye, makes you horny, & (for the two scientist) changes your physical being.
Fresh off (1985) "Re-Animator",director Stuart Gordon teams back up some of the actors to make a less comedic and way more gloopy film. I originally saw this one (I'm guessing) in '88 or '89 on VHS. Didn't think it was as good as "Re-Animator" never watched it again. My loss. This was so much fun. The Scream Factory BluRay is super clean. The colors and sound are spot on with zero drop. Jeffery Combs, Barbra Crampton, & Ken Foree should of teamed up for other movies.
The visual effects are at times, stunning. My memory of Barbra Crampton's scenes with the bandage gear on were over the top and borderline X-rated. What a memory I have. While I still find her sexy,you could show this on tv these days. Track down the BluRay,it's worth it.
Another excellent adaption of the work of HP Lovecraft, standing alongside Re-Animator from the same crew, this is a spectacular effects showcase with some great performances, stellar lighting, and overall well-rounded production on all fronts.
When Jeffrey Combs opens the door to the mad scientist's bedroom and it's filled with bondage gear, you know you're watching a good movie.
FROM BEYOND could have been just as good as RE-ANIMATOR, maybe even better, if there was a better script. The special effects are on point. The movie accomplishes a lot with atmospheric light and goop. The moral corruption these characters experience from peering into an unknown world is an interesting idea. The way it devolves into a simple manner of being a monster who eats people's brains is... disappointing.
I accidentally watched part of this thinking it was an episode of Unsolved Mysteries when I was like 8, so I thought this was a true story and it scared me so bad.
Stuart Gordon's second best Lovecraft adaptation.
As much over-the-top gore and slime as Re-Animator, the previous Stuart Gordon film, but not done as gleefully. Has its moments.
A bloody, slimy, goopy, gooey, disturbing, hilarious, suspenseful, unpredictable, creepy, bizarre, creative, imaginative, well-acted, wild and wooly ride from most of the same team that unleashed the wonderful RE-ANIMATOR on the world just the year before. And the new Scream Factory Blu Ray looks and sounds amazing!
Decent enough fun. Quite enjoying these daft 80s horrorish comedies.
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Dancer in the Dark
- Life Is Beautiful
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
- 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…