From Beyond (1986) | Stuart Gordon’s deranged Lovecraftian body horror

From_beyond_SlipFollowing Arrow Films’ restored release of Brian Yuzna’s Bride of Re-Animator, here’s a look back at his 1986 horror weird-o-fest, From Beyond.

Humans are such an easy prey
When two scientists, Edward Pretorius (Ted Sorel) and Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs), invent a device that can expand the powers of the mind, they unwittingly open a door to a parallel universe inhabited by grotesque beings with an insatiable appetite for depraved sensorial experiences.

From Beyond (1986)

Having drawn on the warped imaginings of HP Lovecraft for their cult hit Re-Animator in 1985, director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna supped from Lovecraft’s universe the following year, and ended up turning his 1934 short story From Beyond into a Day-Glo monster melange oozing with slimy hybrid creatures (part-puppet, part-animatronics) that could be suitable companions to David Cronenberg’s Brundlefly (The Fly also came out in 1986).

While Gordon and Yuzna’s body horror doesn’t reach the giddy tongue-in-cheek heights of Re-Animator; From Beyond is a gross-out sensual delight that becomes something altogether new if you watched it as being a really bad acid trip.

In 2013, Second Sight put out Blu-ray edition in the UK. Aside from the pristine print, the release hosted a delicious array of bonus features, including interviews with director Stuart Gordon, writer Dennis Paoli and actress Barbara Crampton, featurettes on the film’s editing, music and (my favourite) special effects; plus an illuminating commentary from Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna and actor Jeffrey Combs.


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on April 29, 2016, in Horror, Must See, Must-See and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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