Pros: Performances, Dialogue, Effects, Story, BDSM
Cons: Minor Pacing and Editing Issues, Censorship
If you read Lovecraft, like Re-Animator, love Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton and have a great sense of humor, From Beyond is your bag.
This movie, adapted from a dark and mystery filled tale by H. P. Lovecraft, is a supernatural thriller with more chops than many of the horror movies of the 80's. While the film is dated at times by costumes and technology, the intensity of the story and the characters involved surpasses even today's popular standards. Jeffrey Combs portrays a doctor's assistant who has witnessed a horror so terrifying that he questions his own sanity. A machine that stimulates second sight or "the sixth sense" is tested in an attic laboratory with nightmarish results. What follows is an investigation involving Combs' Crawford Tillinghast, a psychiatrist, a detective and the horror FROM BEYOND. Questions surface that will frighten and shock the average audience. What really happened to Dr. Edward Pretorius? What is the Resonator and what are its effects on the human brain? What is It?
This is a very fun film for open minded fans of the horror genre. I enjoyed the cast's performances on screen. The story is full of horror, sex, and gore. Since the film is from the mid 80's the effects pale to current standards but, the message and intent of the movie are clear and each scene delivers its own charm. Some parts are shocking and others are laughable. This movie has ups and downs and is a fantastic roller coaster ride for the senses.
This movie is highly recommended for fans of H. P. Lovecraft, Stuart Gordon, Sam Raimi, John Carpenter and admirers of Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, and Ken Foree.