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…
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.
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…
10th film in my "50 Films in October Challenge (not hooptober)"
Oh my days, this frankly pisses over reanimator. It's rank really really rank, so rank I couldn't take my eyes off the screen and I am up at 3.15am writing this review because I wanted to finish it before bed. I feel like this has everything I could ever want in a horror film. Maybe this will be my favourite horror film after hellraiser.
Great fun from the Re-Animator team. It hasn't dated particularly well fx wise but it shows great imagination.
Film #2 in my 31 Days of Horror
I'd always vaguely assumed that Stuart Gordon had followed up directing Re-Animator (1985) by directing the two sequels but that was in fact Brian Yuzna.
Instead Gordon made this, another H. P. Lovecraft adaption, again starring Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton (with Yuzna in writing and producing roles).
The opening scenes could almost have been the finale of a more restrained version of this tale but it is merely the stepping stone that sets up a schlocky Sci-Fi/BDSM/Body Horror.
I had fun with this. The central concept is neat, the story is streamlined, the themes intriguing, the practical effects entertaining, and it's pacing and under 90 minutes run time means it flies by.
I now need to seek out Gordon's other Lovecraft films; Castle Freak (1995) and Dagon (2001).
Bonkers neon tinged madness as icky practical effects and kinky shenanigans combine as portals are opened to places no portal should be opened to.
Ken Foree running about in his pants is nearly as shocking as the gore.
A promising opening 15-20 minutes should set From Beyond up perfectly to carry on where Re-Animator left off, instead the film never really gets past that First Act feeling as it meanders along. It looks great in its HD remaster though, lots of Suspiria-esque lighting and Ken Foree in the tightest y-fronts you've ever seen.
Re-Animator is my favorite horror movie of all time, so as you might expect, I was just so happy that this movie existed and I finally got to watch it. A much more enjoyable HP Lovecraft adaptation than the truly awful Dunwich Horror I watched the other day. Jeffrey Combs is, of course, Jeffrey Combs (perfect). Some very nice gore effects.
Oh, one more thing: if you are sensitive to scenes of forced psychiatric hospitalization and electroshock therapy, be aware. The way everyone in the movie discusses schizophrenics is also just kind of icky.
Up there with The Thing and Society in terms of masterfully disgusting practical effects, and Stuart Gordon's directing is reliable as always, but Dennis Paoli's screenplay is stupid in all the wrong ways. Robot Jox may be a dumber idea, but it has an appropriate internal logic and performances to match. Nobody here does anything for any reason beyond the plot demanding them to do it, a failure emphasized by how little plot there actually is to progress through, and the bad (obvious, unlikely, or just dumb) dialogue is not helped by the Gordon Gang's strangely-off performances. The only Gordon film that I haven't enjoyed so far.
Another great Lovecraft inspired movie from Stuart Gordon to love. It's beyond gross and perverse and fast-paced to boot. Some of the effects are obviously a bit dated, but it doesn't make it any less enjoyable.
I also have to confess that I love that Crawford and Bubba don't take advantage of Catherine when she kind of 'loses it'. I just like when that plot device isn't always used. I think Gordon realizes what can make a character truly unlikable.
I kind of wish there had been a sequel. There are so many possibilities for the resonator!
Watched and reviewed recently, so nothing new to say. The sight of Bubba, knife drawn, running down the stairwell in his undies is a highlight, as is every moment of the satisfyingly extreme body horror. Has any character looked in a worsen shape than Crawford Tillinghast by the end of this movie? No one comes to mind..
From Beyond is a great, mid level, little 80's gore flick, that due to its brief runtime and many excellent visuals is always worth a quick poke!
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