From Beyond the Grave 1974

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Bolt the door, lower the lights and settle in for a stylish five-episode supernatural shocker possessed of a shivery all-star castand drenched in evil. Welcome to Temptations Ltd., a decrepit antique shop whose unwary customers get more than they bargain forfrom the wily proprietor (Peter Cushing).

Starring:
Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael
Runtime:
1 hour 38 minutes

From Beyond the Grave

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Genres Science Fiction, Horror
Director Kevin J. O'Connor
Starring Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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119 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Pundit VINE VOICE on 30 Oct 2007
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Down an unassuming little side street lies an unassuming little shop, called Temptations Ltd.
It is advisable upon entering this shop to be honest, and not to lie or cheat the proprietor, no matter how much you may be tempted! For if you do, something life threatening, or at least life changing will happen to you.
Shoplifting here carries a very high price indeed.
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With this interesting and highly original premise, I think what follows are some of the best Horror short stories ever committed to film.
"The Gate Crasher" - a rather blood thirsty tale, in the literal sense, with David Warner and involving an Antique Mirror. One of his friends has the idea of holding a seance in the same room as the mirror, a very bad idea.
"FEED ME....BLOOD".
"An Act of Kindness" - a man with an unhappy married life tries to impress a down on his luck army veteran, by stealing an important medal from Temptations Ltd. A very bad move, which leads to severe family discord.
"The Elemental" - Ian Carmichael plays a fastidious and devious civil servant, who cheats Cushing out of the full price of a snuff box by substituting a cheaper price tag for the real one. As Cushing amusingly says as Carmichael's character leaves the shop. "I hope you enjoy snuffing it".
"The Door" - A young couple purchase a 16th century door, one night the young man opens the door and finds not the stationery cupboard that should be there but a mysterious blue room. And the room's owner isn't the kind of person you would like living next door to.
Interweaved between these stories are scenes of a dodgy looking character attempting to enter the shop, but hurrying away everytime a customer enters, he ends up getting the Point.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ess. on 31 May 2008
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A startling cast of eerie British eccentrics gather together for a delirious slice of quaint gothic. A solid roll-call of weirdness conspiring to chill and thrill in a darkly humorous, deadly shiver-some collection of short stories by R. Chetwynd Hayes and transferred to the screen by the excellent Amicus Productions.

'FBTG' is a portmanteau movie (ie, it's divided into segments), a cinema sub-genre whose horror strain was begun in the UK with the (still) genuinely scary 'Dead of Night' in 1945.

Peter Cushing (with an extra-ordinary accent: faintly Yorkshire..but anyone's guess.) plays the laconic owner of Temptations Ltd; a side-street antique shop into which a desperate array of cheats and criminals venture for a 'deal', but each deservedly ends up on the losing end of their particular terrible transaction.
Each customer is as tricky as they come and try to rip old Cushing off, but each finds adjusting his price brings a greater price of its own.

The opening gory story sees the brilliantly sinister David Warner conning old Peter into selling him a mirror for a tenth it's worth and finding out, far too late, it wasn't the wisest course of action he's ever taken. Something nasty and demanding lives in the mirror, and it needs blood to facilitate it's transmutation to the real world.
Warner is excellent as a Poe-type figure descending into madness; trapped in his corpse-strewn apartment, compelled constantly to spill blood for the thing in the mirror.
'Alice Through the Looking Glass' this tale certainly ain't.

Twitchy Ian Bannen's in the next story (remember him in the Peter Collinson/babysitter-in-peril thriller - 'Fright'?
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. West on 4 Nov 2008
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Bought this about 2 years ago and if I ever need frightening I will always put this on, this compilation has 4 stories all interwieved by the excellent Peter Cushing as the owner of an antique shop ,
The first story has David Warner buying a mirror and finding a ghost in the mirror from the past wanting dead bodies to eat a 5/5 story for me ,brilliant.
2nd story stars Donald Pleasence, Diana Dors and Ian Bannen, this involves Ian Bannen pretending he`s a war hero and has weedelling his way into the affections of Pleasences real life daughter Angela with dire consquences.
Story 3 is the worst where Ian Carmichael is haunted by a sort of invisible gremlin,this one is why i`ve given this review 4 stars.

The last story is where the saint (Ian Ogilvy) has bought a door and along with it brings another ghost/zombie, again another 1st class story.
I would recommend this to anybody.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 26 Aug 2008
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Amicus is a film studio that made their name from making portmanteau movies such as this. That is several small morality tales with an interlinking back story. The first film they made in this style was the excellent Dr Terror's House Of Horrors, and this was their final effort, and also the best one in my opinion.
Peter Cushing plays a sinister shopkeeper of a seedy old Antiques shop,not the strongest back drop for the stories to be set. Fortunately, all the stories are so strong that this matters little.
First off we meet Edward Charlton(David Warner) who purchases a haunted mirror from the shop, the occupant of which, is very demanding. Next up, we come to hen pecked Christopher Lowe(Ian Bannen) who seeking respect outside the marital home where he gets none, steals some war medals from the shop, to impress an old soldier selling matches on the street. Lowe is then introduced to the soldiers daughter, who offers him happiness, but at what price?
Then we meet Reggie Warren(Ian Carmichael) who buys a snuff box, swapping the price with another to cheat the shopkeeper. Travelling home on the train he is informed by a wacky medium, wonderfully played by Margaret Leighton, that he has an elemental on his shoulder. The only course of action seems to be an exorcism. Finally, William Seaton(Ian Ogilvy) buys an ornate door from the shop, a door that turns out to be a gateway to another room inhabited by a wicked alchemist who kidnaps Seaton's wife. All bar one of the customers attempt to cheat the shopkeeper. Will any survive? Well, you'll have to watch to find out.
All four stories are excellent, the second a remarkable piece of urban nightmare, the third is of a more humourous slant, but is still very enjoyable.
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