From Beyond

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Overview

The production team responsible for the twisted cult classic Re-Animator -- including director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna -- returned the following year with this equally depraved perhaps more so follow-up, based once again and very loosely on the pulp-horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Also returning to the fray is Jeffrey Combs, here playing the mild-mannered Crawford Tillinghast, apprentice to the dangerously obsessed Dr. Pretorious Ted Sorel and co-inventor of an enigmatic and ominous-looking ...
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Overview

The production team responsible for the twisted cult classic Re-Animator -- including director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna -- returned the following year with this equally depraved perhaps more so follow-up, based once again and very loosely on the pulp-horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Also returning to the fray is Jeffrey Combs, here playing the mild-mannered Crawford Tillinghast, apprentice to the dangerously obsessed Dr. Pretorious Ted Sorel and co-inventor of an enigmatic and ominous-looking device known as "The Resonator" -- a machine designed to stimulate the vestigial sensory apparatus contained within the human pineal gland. Such stimulation allows participants to "see" the slimy creatures which occupy a dimension parallel to our own, but with some chilling side effects -- the first of which being that the interdimensional vision works both ways. When a powerful sentient force devours Pretorious and assumes his consciousness, Tillinghast panics and destroys the Resonator -- soon to find himself in a padded cell, accused of his mentor's murder. Called to the case are Dr. McMichaels Barbara Crampton, another Re-Animator alum and amiable cop Bubba Brownlee Dawn of the Dead's Ken Foree, who escort Tillinghast back to the shattered laboratory in an attempt to corroborate his deranged account by re-creating the experiment. Their attempts are all too successful, and the Pretorious-thing emerges to take control of the reactivated Resonator and draw the others into its hideous realm. Also called forth are the participants' darkest sexual desires -- another interesting by-product of pineal stimulation -- and, in Tillinghast's case, an uncontrollable urge to devour human brains. Just when it seems it can't get any weirder...it does. Gordon explores this demented scenario with relish, allowing nearly every scene to go completely over the top into surreal mayhem while retaining the dark brooding sense of menace characteristic of Lovecraft's work. It's not likely, however, that the author's dignified upbringing would have explored the psychosexual dimensions of the premise -- at least not in the kind of detail seen here. All manners of perversities abound, accompanied by the wizardry of four dueling special-effects studios and the rich, creepy score by Richard H. Band, bringing the film to a literally explosive climax and a chillingly poetic final shot.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary by Director Stuart Gordon and the Cast ; New Interviews with Barbara Crampton; The Director's Perspective Featurette; The Editing Room: Lost And Found Featurette; Interview with Composer Richard Band; Photo Gallery; Storyboard-To-Film Comparisons with Introduction
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Stuart Gordon, From Beyond's demented horror-visionary director, seems to be a kindred spirit of H.P. Lovecraft. Not that his adaptations of Lovecraft's works are especially faithful to the author; indeed, there's a lot that the writer wouldn't recognize or approve of. But Gordon is that rare breed who truly finds inspiration in another creator and uses that inspiration to craft a film that captures the essence of that creator while still being totally and uniquely his own. The result is gory thrill ride of a movie. It's definitely not for everyone, especially not for those who are squeamish or who place a high value on restraint of any kind. But for those who like their horror films dripping in blood, ooze, and every other kind of gloppy liquid imaginable, and who welcome creepy explorations of sexual desire, Beyond is a total winner. And Gordon has the good sense, in the midst of all this, to keep things humorous in a macabre way, of course. Indeed, even at its scariest -- and it can be quite menacingly frightening -- Beyond is fun. The special effects, crucial to this kind of film, are very well done; even when they're clearly artificial, they seem appropriately so. And the manner of acting is exactly what is called for, with special applause for Jeffrey Combs and Ted Sorel. Surreal, crazy, and more than a little gross, Beyond is a trip -- and those who appreciate it will want to take it again and again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2013
  • UPC: 826663138825
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Bonus DVD
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,920

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeffrey Combs Crawford Tillinghast
Barbara Crampton Dr. Katherine McMichaels
Ted Sorel Dr. Edward Pretorious
Ken Foree Bubba Brownlee
Bunny Summers Neighbor Lady
Bruce McGuire Jordan Fields
Del Russell Ambulance Driver
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon Dr. Roberta Bloch
Dale Wyatt Paramedic
Karen Christenfeld Nurse
Andy Miller Patient in Straitjacket
John Leamer Shock Technician
Regina Bleesz Bondage Girl
Technical Credits
Stuart Gordon Director, Screenwriter
Mac Ahlberg Cinematographer
Albert Band Production Manager
Anthony Barnao Casting
Angee Beckett Costumes/Costume Designer
Roberto Bessi Producer
Giancarlo del Brocco Makeup
John Carl Buechler Special Effects
Robert A. Burns Set Decoration/Design
Charles Band Executive Producer
Bruce Cohn Curtis Associate Producer
Remo de Angelis Stunts
Anthony Doublin Special Effects
Mechanical & Makup Imageries Makeup Special Effects
Giovanni Natalucci Production Designer
John Naulin Special Effects
Dennis Paoli Screenwriter
Lee Percy Editor
Richard H. Band Score Composer
Mark Shostrom Special Effects
Brian Yuzna Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- From Beyond
1. Can't You Feel It? [4:37]
2. Disturbance [3:04]
3. Main Title [2:03]
4. Insane Asylum [5:31]
5. Enlarged Gland [2:53]
6. Nothing To Fear [5:45]
7. Kinky Sex [:59]
8. The Resonator [2:08]
9. Back From The Ded [1:52]
10. Scientific Method [3:27]
11. Controlled Experiment [3:26]
12. Throwing The Switch [4:09]
13. Fantasies [5:05]
14. From Beyond [2:25]
15. Easy Prey [3:12]
16. You're My Patient [4:13]
17. Brain Food [2:30]
18. Just The D.T.S [3:31]
19. Battle With Pretorius [3:16]
20. Crazy [1:19]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- From Beyond
   Play Movie
   Chapter Selection
   Bonus Features
      Multiple Dimensions - A Look At The Film's Extensive Make-Up & Creature Effects With Special Effects Creators John Buechler, Anthony Doublin, John Naulin, And Mark Shostrom
      Paging Dr. Michaels - An Interview With Actress Barbara Crampton
      A Tortured Soul - An Interview With Actor Jeffrey Combs
      An Empire Production - An Interview With Executive Producer Charles Band
      The Director's Perspective - Interview With Stuart Gordon
      The Editing Room: Lost And Found - Gordon Stuart And MGM Restoration Team Interview
      Interview With Composer Richard Band
      Photo Gallery
      Trailer
      "Storyboard To Film Comparison"
         Introduction
         Appearance Of Dr. Pretorious
         Death Of Bubba
         Hospital Escape
         Katherine Frees Herself
   Audio Setup
      Audio Setup
         5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
         2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo
         Director And Cast Commentary
         Commentary With Screenwriter Dennis Paoli
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On/Off
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Crazy Good Fun for Gordon/Combs Fans

    If it's a marriage of camp and gore you're after, search no further than Gordon's classic From Beyond. Made after the success of Re-Animator, director Stuart Gordon brings back Barbara Crampton and Jeffrey Combs for another HP Lovecraft film. This film did not see the strong cult following that their first endeavor captured, but is still a 'must see' for fans of the cast's works. It's one of my favorite Lovecraft-adapted films, it's story is absurd, and it's visuals both shocking and revolting! Get your friends together for a viewing of this classic horror flick!

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