Friday, 22 February 2013

Horror Review: From Beyond (1986)

Scientists create a resonator to stimulate the pineal gland (sixth sense), and open up a door to a parallel universe.

When watching a movie based on a H.P. Lovecraft story you know your brain is in for an exercise of your perception of reality and that is no different with "From Beyond".

The H.P. Lovecraft story on which the film is based is only seven pages long, umpteen movies have been based on many short stories from writers such as Stephen King, Clive Barker and more but for me this film is a near perfect example of how to do it properly.

The casting is excellent, we have fan favourite Jeffrey Combs whom I've always said is a perfect match for Lovecraft's work just like Price was to Poe and he shows that in this release. There's also "Dawn Of The Dead" star Ken Foree who never disappoints and puts in another solid performance.

We also have Barbara Crampton who I've always thought was somewhat overlooked in the genre. Funnily enough studio executives opposed to her casting as 'Dr. McMichaels' because they thought she was "too young to be believable as a psychologist". Director Stuart Gordon, however, insisted that Crampton be cast, and she was.

The film is greatly directed by Stuart Gordon and Richard Band supplies a fantastic and atmospheric score, but the one thing that has always amazed me is the amazing special effects. BIG kudos to the effects and make up team who brought us some amazingly creepy and realistic looking effects.

"From Beyond" is a fantastic 80's film and one of my all time favourite releases based on H.P. Lovecraft's work alongside "Re-Animator". I highly recommend watching this, just don't take any mind altering drugs beforehand, you won't need them anyway.

If you want to see the "From Beyond" trailer then just click on the video below:

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Dr. Bloch is named after Robert Bloch, the author of the novel upon which "Psycho" was based and a friend of writer H.P. Lovecraft.

Dr. Pretorious's character is named after Dr. Septimus Pretorius, Henry Frankenstein's former teacher, who seduces Henry to the dark side.

The address on the house is 666.

An opening scene in which Dr. Pretorius hammers a nail through an unwilling female's tongue was excised.


  1. Robert Bloch once said something that Stephen King has been quoting (with credit) for years: "I have the heart of a young boy. It's in a jar on my desk." From Beyond is a wonderful, and fearsome film. It's a shame that Gordon never did much worth talking about post-Re-Animator and From Beyond. His use of prosthetics rather than digi (as it was filmed before it was available) shows true grit. Oh, and if it's okay to plug, here's my horror review site:

  2. I completely agree with you, he was a true talent that never really got recognition until years later. No problem with plugging your blog, always happy to spread the Horror