From Beyond title

Tag Line : Humans are such easy prey.

From BeyondAnother H.P. Lovecraft adaptation by the same team who gave us Re-Animator. Featuring Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton from that film, along with Ken Foree from Dawn of the Dead.

In this, Combs plays a character named Crawford Tillinghast, who's working for a mad scientist named Edward Pretorious (Ted Sorel). Together they've created a machine, which rather resembles a collection of giant tuning forks, that allows them to see into another dimension. Unfortunately, this dimension is populated by these rather unfriendly giant maggot creatures, which come out and attack Dr Pretorious.

Crawford destroys the machine, but of course the police don't believe his story and think him responsible for the doctors death. Resigned to a mental institution, his Psychologist Dr Katherine McMichaels (Barabra Crapmpton) seems to think he's telling the truth, and so together with the detective in charge, Leroy Brown (Ken Foree), they all go back to the late scientists house to try the machine out and see if he's telling the truth (you can sort of guess what's coming).

Anyway, it turns out that the machine also affects your mind, which leads to some very strange scenes indeed. Combs's character grows a third eye which keeps popping out of his forehead on a stalk, Barbara Crampton ends up getting her kit off (again) and parading round in some rather fetching bondage gear. Dr Pretorious turns out not to be dead at all (I wont say how) and there's an extremely dodgy scene were Ken Foree, dressed only in his underwear, is wrestling with this giant worm in the flooded basement after the machine is left running too long and the strange creatures start invading the household.

Overall this isn't a bad film, the humour is a touch darker and there's some nice gore scenes, however it isn't a patch on Re-Animator, although to be fair they are 2 totally different types of film. In my opinion, worth watching even if just to see Barabara Crampton parading round in her scanties (again).

Overall Marks : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate Tag Line, "Everything is alive...and hungry".

  • When Dr McMichaels (Crampton) is reviewing Crawford's (Combs) file she says he was educated at Miskatonic university. This was a production joke as Miskatonic University was the setting of Re-Animator.

  • Dr Bloch, played by Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, was named after author Robert Bloch who wrote Psycho.

  • Ken Foree also played Peter in Dawn of the Dead. His other genre credits include "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3",  and "The Devils Rejects".

  • Ted Sorel also appeared as Phil in "Basket Case 2".

  • The film was trimmed in the US in order to get an R-rating, which heavily toned down the blood and violence.

  • The UK cinema release was the same as the cut US R-rated version. However for its subsequent UK video releases the film was cut by a further 10s to remove the scene where the mutant Pretorious rips open Dr McMichales' (Barbara Crampton) nightclothes and molests her.

  • The Japanese and Hong Kong DVD's claim to be uncut, however they are in fact the same as the pre-cut US R-rated version.

  • The footage trimmed from the directors original cut of the film was subsequently lost and so a full uncut version was never originally released. However, in early 2005 the missing footage was re-discovered by MGM studios, who contacted the director and subsequently set about reconstructing the full uncut version. This was finally released on US DVD in 2007.

Extra Info.

Cast & Crew.

 

 

Video Clips.
MP4 format.

Theatrical trailer (4.00MB).

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