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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 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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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 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 14 November 2017
Pulled in by all the reviews in horror/film mags; big mistake. Typical silly plotless Italian splatter with ridiculous effects. Saving grace was it's unintentionally funny in places.
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on 10 December 2014
If you like horror films this is one if you not seen it i would recommend you have in your collection, though an oldie, it is a chiller wont spoil the details only to say the tale surounds the "BRAIN" more frightening than scary buy it and see!?
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on 11 January 2017
Great quality product and arrived very quickly
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on 19 February 2016
Crystal clear with seamless lost workprint footage reintegrated
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on 20 October 2017
Received on time, in fact a day before, and very happy with my purchase.
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