From Beyond (1986) | Stuart Gordon’s deranged Lovecraftian body horror
Following 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.
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.
Posted on April 29, 2016, in Horror, Must See, Must-See and tagged Brian Yuzna, From Beyond, Horror, HP Lovecraft, Jeffrey Combs, Must-See, Second Sight Films, Stuart Gordon. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.