From Beyond the Grave

From Beyond the Grave

Director: Kevin Connor, Wendy Allnutt, Tommy Godfrey, Ben Howard

Cast: Kevin Connor, Wendy Allnutt, Tommy Godfrey, Ben Howard

     
 

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The multipart From Beyond the Grave features Peter Cushing as the owner of a sinister antique shop. Utilizing the various artifacts in his establishment, Cushing metes out retribution to customers who try to bamboozle him. The quartet of horror playlets included herein are "The Gate Crasher," "An Act of Kindness," "The Elemental," and "The Door"; all originally

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The multipart From Beyond the Grave features Peter Cushing as the owner of a sinister antique shop. Utilizing the various artifacts in his establishment, Cushing metes out retribution to customers who try to bamboozle him. The quartet of horror playlets included herein are "The Gate Crasher," "An Act of Kindness," "The Elemental," and "The Door"; all originally appeared in short-story form in Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes' The Unbidden. The British cast includes David Warner, Donald Pleasence, Ian Bannen, Diana Dors, Nyree Dawn Porter, Ian Carmichael, Ian Ogilvy, Lesley-Anne Down, and Margaret Leighton. This Amicus production was also released as Creatures and The Creatures from Beyond the Grave.

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The last of the Amicus anthologies is a fun, old-fashioned example of the form. From Beyond the Grave's collection of tales aren't likely to shock or surprise the seasoned horror fan, but their sense of craft and often witty style are likely to win those fans over. Kevin Connor directs the stories with plenty of gothic flair, giving them a deep-dish sense of atmosphere that is aided by Alan Hume's gorgeous, moody cinematography and a delightfully spooky musical score by Douglas Gamley. Even better, the film has a wonderful cast full of genre vets who give the material their all: Peter Cushing is a delight as the slyly witty antique shop owner, while Donald Pleasance and David Warner bring plenty of menace to their respective tales, each in their own unique way. That said, the biggest scene stealer of the film may be Margaret Leighton, who delivers a hilarious performance as a batty old spiritualist. All in all, From Beyond the Grave is an entertaining example of the horror anthology that is likely to please fans of old-fashioned horror filmmaking.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2011
UPC:
0883316397176
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
25,850

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wendy Allnutt Pamela
Tommy Godfrey [The Door]
Ben Howard [The Door]
Marcel Steiner "Face"
Ian Bannen Christopher Lowe
Ian Carmichael Reggie Warren
Peter Cushing Proprietor
Diana Dors Mabel Lowe
Margaret Leighton Mme. Orloff
Donald Pleasence Underwood
Nyree Dawn Porter Susan Warren
David Warner Edward Charlton
Ian Ogilvy William Seaton
Lesley-Anne Down Rosemary Seaton
Jack Watson Sir Michael Sinclair [The Door]
Rosalind Ayres Prostitute, Edward's First Victim

Technical Credits
Kevin Connor Director
Derek V. Browne Camera Operator
Allan Bryce Special Effects
Maurice Carter Art Director
Raymond Christodoulou Screenwriter
Robin Clarke Screenwriter
John Dark Associate Producer
Bert Davey Art Director
Douglas Gamley Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
John Hilling Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Hume Cinematographer
John Ireland Editor
Max Rosenberg Producer
Neville Smallwood Makeup
Milton Subotsky Producer
Simon Wakefield Set Decoration/Design

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