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From Beyond The Grave [DVD] [1973]

Wendy Allnutt , Rosalind Ayres , Kevin Connor    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Wendy Allnutt, Rosalind Ayres, Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael, Peter Cushing
  • Directors: Kevin Connor
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,307 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



From Beyond the Grave is an anthology film adapted from four short stories by R. Chetwynd-Hayes, strung together under the pretext of an antique dealer who owns a shop called Temptations Ltd. and the fate that befalls his customers who try to cheat him. First up is "The Gate Crasher" with David Warner who frees an evil entity from an antique mirror; then "An Act of Kindness" featuring Donald Pleasence; followed by "The Elemental;" and "The Door."

From Beyond The Grave was the directorial debut of Kevin Connor who would go onto become a modest name in genre cinema. It was actually one of Connor’s best films and he demonstrates exceptional directorial style. Particularly good are the seance scenes in the first episode where Connor conducts some inventive 360-degree pan shots with a candle that explodes between a flickering flame and a jet in the foreground. The murders in this segment are vividly staged, with Connor creating some marvelously sinister images of David Warner standing about in bloodstained clothes and a totally wrecked apartment. --Sally Giles

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Horror starring Peter Cushing. In a small antique shop in the East End of London an old proprietor (Cushing) promises a surprise with every purchase. These are the stories of four of his customers and their horrifying surprises. 'The Elemental' and 'The Gate Crasher' tell of two individuals who attempt to cheat the shopkeeper and meet gruesome deaths. 'An Act of Kindness' tells a bizarre, gruesome tale of true love between the daughter of an ex-service man and an unhappily married man. In 'The Door', a couple buy an antique door, which opens to an elegant, but evil, drawing room that must be kept alive by human sacrifices.

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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful
By Armchair Pundit VINE VOICE
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.
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.
"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
4.0 out of 5 stars "I 'ope You Enjoy Snuffin' It.." 31 May 2008
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compendium of horror 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Death by Temptation 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good
Published 2 months ago by michelle fillingham
5.0 out of 5 stars No NL subtitles but good movie
Its a very good movie but why not the region 2 subtitles?
Een goeie film maar weeral geen ondertitels in het nederlands
Published 4 months ago by Richard Meert
5.0 out of 5 stars HORROR STORIES
Published 6 months ago by markus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic horror!
To be honest this is a DVD I have been after for such a long time, I remember watching it when I was younger and when I met my husband it was one of our favourites. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Bird
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film BUT...
The film is fine but the soundtrack, as with so many of these great old 70's films, needs to be cleaned up to bring it up to modern class. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Twells
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Amicus
For me this just nudges Tales from the Crypt out from the top spot among Amicus portmanteaus, although it's a close-run thing. Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. M. M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie classic portmanteau horror from Amicus
Peter Cushing stars in this chilling (if dated) entry in Amicus' series of 1960s and 70s portmanteau horror movies, as the sinister owner of a mysterious antiques shop, visited by... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie anthology but no masterpiece
The problem with From Beyond the Grave (one of Amicus' better anthologies) is that it has two stories that are basically the same out of its four on offer. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good no excellent service would use again
no issus and great to find an old classic kept me awake all night
the old are the best
Published 22 months ago by Mrs Sandra Spendley
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable Amicus horror
I love this Hammer Horror-esq Amicus made film. Peter Cushing stars as an eccentric antique shop dealer. Everytime you rip him off something bad will happen to you. Read more
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