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on 8 October 2017
Back in the mid to late '80s, this was kind of a big deal. Following on from their triumphant debut 'Re-Animator', creative team Stuart Gordon (director), Brian Yuzna (producer) and screenwriter Dennis Paoli unleashed this rather 'gooey' splatter filled monster epic that promised to outdo the craziness of their previous picture... which it almost does. But lets face it - nothing can truly overthrow the good Dr West and his unique brand of lunacy. Even though they do give it a helluva good try...

We first meet obsessive and slightly unhinged scientist Dr. Edward Pretorius (Ted Sorel) who between kinking it up with a bevvy of local ladies, has plunged his crazy brain into the discovery of a parallel universe where pleasure and pain rule. Alongside his meek assistant Dr. Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs) they both attempt to trip the light fantastic, but when Pretorius is murdered by a creature 'from beyond', Crawford is subsequently accused of his murder... When the local authorities disbelieve his cracked up tale of interdimensional beasties, they turn to psychiatrist Katherine McMichaels (Barbara Crampton) and detective Bubba Brownlee (Ken Foree) for help. Returning to the scene of the crime, they soon discover the secrets of that parallel universe when it is opened up once again allowing all manner of monsters to cross over and torment our trio, with a returning Pretorius intent on taking control of both that dimension... and ours.

Although not as good as 'Re-Animator' there is much to enjoy in this lurid follow up. Director Stuart Gordon has a real keen eye for the macabre laced with dark humor and 'From Beyond' is riddled with it. Lead Combs plays everything extremely straight and at times is genuinely deadpan funny (his 'It ate him... bit off his head... like a gingerbread man!' is a major comedy highlight), thankfully he's ably supported by both Crampton and Sorel who eat up the silly screenplay ensuring the absurdity is delivered with real relish. This H.P. Lovecraft adaptation may not be faithful, but it sure delivers the late '80s gory goods; from a whole heap of ghoulish monsters to the old bout of head ripping - this one's got it all.

This Blu-Ray release from Second Sight is a delight featuring both a brilliant transfer and vibrant audio, rounded off by a plethora of excellent special features: Stuart Gordon talks the movie, an interview with writer Dennis Paoli and Barbara Crampton, the FX of From Beyond, audio commentary with Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Jeffrey Combs and a storyboard to film comparison. All in all, its a slight step back from 'Re-Animator' in terms of Gordon's filmography but taken as a separate entity, it delivers a wonderfully gonzo good time. Highly recommended purchase.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 April 2018
This is actually not a bad attempt at a Lovecraftian themed horror feature, it has many of the Lovecraft themes, ie the unseen world, familiarity with which will make you mad, mad science meddling with the same unseen world, strange parasitic monsters the only defence against which is largely going unnoticed by them as they swim about in the ether.

The story is that of a team of two scientists, experimenting with strange machinery and manipulation of brain chemistry/composition, there is a disappearance, which precipitates an investigation, the investigative team is menaced by the same Lovecraftian beasties and their disappeared query which leads to an ultimate battle. It is a little formulaic and does not contain a lot of surprises, or so I thought, it is one of the classic beginning, middle, ending features but I have to say that I like these sorts of less experimental film features. It is an old film but I dont think it has aged that badly, while it will be readily dismissed as Horror channel or network fare by some I feel it is still deserving of a look.

The effects are a little poor by modern, more recent standards but it does not particularly descend into CGI hell and some more recent, modern features readily do so themselves. Recommended to anyone who is a Lovecraft fan, also to anyone who has seen and enjoyed Necronomicon, another, directly Lovecraftian feature (it actually features Lovecraft himself as a character within story arch which contains a number of other tales).
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on 20 November 2013
Dr. Pretorius has developed a machine called a resonator, it allows anyone within range to see beyond normal reality. Pretorius' assistant, Dr. Crawford Tillinghast, activates the machine and is bitten by a strange creature. Tillinghast begs Pretorius to destroy the machine, but the now insane Pretorius refuses and turns the machine back on. Tillinghast flees from Pretorius' house just as the police arrive, they arrest him and soon discover that Pretorius has lost his head, literally. Tillinghast is then locked away in a mental institution, where brilliant girl wonder, Dr. Katherine McMichaels visits to assess him. After a brain scan reveals Tillinghast has an enlarged pineal gland, Katherine believes Tillinghast is telling the truth and manages to convince her superiors to allow her to return to Pretorius' house with Tillinghast, so she can see the resonator herself and study it. Escorted by Detective Bubba Brownlee, they reach the house and turn on the machine. They are horrified to discover that Dr. Pretorius has entered the alternative reality, and is intent on taking them with him.

Jeffrey Combs is great as Tillinghast, his over the top performance really makes his character fun to watch. Just a year earlier, he starred as Herbert West in the outstanding Re-Animator. I do slightly prefer his performance in that film where he chewed the scenery even more, but he's still brilliant here. Barbara Crampton is really good as Katherine, she also starred in Re-Animator as Megan Halsey. I really liked her in Re-Animator but she's much better here and gets a lot more to do. She looks a little silly early on in the film with her wearing huge glasses, studio executives were against her being cast as she was too young for the role, the glasses were apparently to make her look older. She does however look amazing later in the film and even dresses in S&M gear, a scene that many people claim is their favourite. Combs and Crampton would later star opposite each other again in Castle Freak. Ken Foree is funny as ex-football star, Detective Bubba Brownlee. Foree is best known for his brilliant performance as Peter in George A. Romero's masterpiece, Dawn of the Dead. Foree is fun here and works well as the comic relief. Ted Sorel is threatening as Pretorius, and Carolyn Purdy-Gordon is amusing as Dr. Bloch who could not be more against Tillinghast being released. From Beyond was director Stuart Gordon's second film after Re-Animator, and what a follow up. Many people don't like From Beyond as much as Re-Animator, I personally feel they're pretty much level. Stuart Gordon actually shot the film Dolls first using the same sets in Italy, but due to all the work needed in post-production to work on the doll effects, it was released a year later. The music by Richard Band is superb, Band has provided the music for several of Gordon's films.

Like Re-Animator, From Beyond was also based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the original short story was just seven pages long, so writer Dennis Paoli was brought in to write a screenplay. Paoli has worked regularly with Stuart Gordon over the years, but other screen writing credits are Ghoulies II, Body Snatchers and The Dentist which was directed by From Beyond's producer, Brian Yuzna, who himself made the brilliant body horror film, Society. As good as the direction and performances were, it's the amazing special effects that take centre stage. There's slimy almost see-through slug creatures, big giant worms with loads of teeth, head splitting to reveal an overgrown pineal gland, body parts being lopped off, brain munching, an eyeball sucked out of someone's head so their brain can be sucked through the eye socket, and then there's Pretorius who constantly changes and evolves as the film moves along, becoming more and more grotesque. There's only one instance during the film that the effects look bad where Pretorius sprouts wings, an effect that Stuart Gordon himself has admitted to hating. There's actually not that much gore, though there's still plenty. It's grotesque and gruesome in much the same way as David Cronenberg's The Fly, which was released the same year.

I was hoping for years that From Beyond would get a proper region 2 release, and finally Second Sight stepped up to the plate. This Blu-ray looks terrific, I never imagined I'd see the film so detailed, vibrant and uncut. To my eyes, From Beyond looks fantastic and this is far and away the best the film has ever looked. Not only does it look great, but there's plenty of goodies on the disc as well. There's a really fun and informative commentary with Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna, Barbara Crampton and Jeffrey Combs, though for some reason the box doesn't list Crampton as being on it which is strange. There's a 21 minute interview with Gordon, a 16 minute interview with Paoli, a 15 minute interview with Crampton, a 20 minute feature about the effects, another 9 minute interview with Gordon, a 5 minute feature about the lost footage that was later found, a 5 minute interview with composer Richard Band, a photo montage and storyboard to film comparison. It also has a lovely cardboard slipcase cover.
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on 17 February 2016
Barbara Crampton is outstanding as Doctor Katherine Mc Michaels, at first showing adoring naivete, then gradually degenerating as Pretorius' invention addicts her. Barbara Crampton is amazing in the role. A perverted sense of sexuality drives these characters to extremes. Stuart Gordon always has a great sense of giving character's with real depth, investing them with harrowing psychological damage from the horrors they've witnessed. Great writing from Dennis Paoli, working wonders from H.P. Lovecraft's short story. Jeffrey Combs; Ken Foree and Ted Sorel are all excellent. Superb very gooey and slimy physical effects, which stand up today. Its a pity that Stuart Gordon doesn't make more movies. All the elusive trims are seamlessly included in this uncut, beautifully restored DVD. Also included in this excellent Second Sight and MGM disc you'll be spoiled by the wealth of extras! A commentary track, featurettes and interviews with production staff, including beautiful star Barbara Crampton.
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on 16 October 2014
Perfect movie and uncut version ! I had doubt about the fact that this blu ray had the uncut version but I've just received the answer from Second sight : """" From: info@secondsightfilms.co.uk
Dear Geoffrey,
Our release is the uncut version. The Blu-ray runs at 86 mins, the DVD runs at 82 mins due to the frame rate difference of Pal video. Hope this helps.
Best,
Chris""""""" So enjoy the movie and the many extra's .
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on 24 August 2017
A very quirky, cult horror with plenty of gore and interesting ideas. I was a fan of the director's previous film (Re-Animator) and this has some similarities but overall not as fun. The bonus features are great though, with plenty of interviews and featurettes regarding the censorship the film had been subjected to previously (this blu ray is uncut fortunately).
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on 14 March 2013
l believe this is the same uncut version as when it came out for the first time ever , back in 2010 ( official uncut version by mgm studio ) but the only difference is a korean release , not big deal ! some will be like : the story at the back cover is all writing in korean and l don t like it ! anyway how care ! because the movie himself as a english language in it with or without subtitle ! this is the version to have ! and to be honest with you l never think after so many years that this movie was out of print , that one day this movie will be available on dvd uncut version ! a dream come true !!!!
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on 26 February 2018
Lovecraft would have been horrified if he had seen what they have done to his story. But I like the movie anyway. It is, in fact, one of the more enjoyable Lovecraft adoptions.
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on 18 November 2014
I have read most of Lovecraft's stories, being a bit of a fan of his works. I used to have this film on video and I was pleased to find it again on dvd and add it to my collection. I like Stuart Gordon's films and I enjoy anything Jeffrey Coombes is in. This looks a bit dated now, but I enjoyed watching it, discovering again things in it I had forgotten about.
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on 7 March 2014
I was delighted with this old movie.Yes it is a bit of a strange story lin but the old ones are the best.While it is a bit of a sci-fi fantasy film there are moments in it where it becomes a bit erotic.I watched this many years ago and had forgotten just how much I enjoyed it.I would recommend it if your looking for something different from the more recent movies on the go.
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