Directed by: Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator)
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon
The Thursday Horror Picture is revisiting Stuart Gordon’s From Beyond for the simple fact that Saturday is Justin Souther’s birthday and he picked it. Well, that’s reason enough, but it’s a good choice anyway — and it’s been a while since it was shown. When it was first run here, I wrote: “Stuart Gordon’s follow-up to Re-Animator (1985), From Beyond (1986), reassembles some of the earlier film’s cast and once again goes to H.P. Lovecraft for its source material. This round, Gordon came up with a movie that was more faithful to its source — within Gordonian limits. Snipping a few seconds of gore (now restored) managed to barely get the film an R rating. The results are fun and impressive, but fall just slightly shy of the full-tilt craziness that made Re-Animator such a preposterous delight. That’s not to say that this tale about a mad (and kinky) scientist (Ted Sorel) creating a machine that opens a portal to another—and very nasty—dimension isn’t crazy and quirky. It’s just not as crazy as its predecessor. The presence of Jeffrey Combs (in standard pint-sized Tony Perkins mode) and Barbara Crampton (at one point in dominatrix togs) is certainly a plus, as is the presence of 1980s cult figure Ken Foree.”
Full review here: http://avl.mx/px
The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen From Beyond Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.
In Brief: Stuart Gordon’s slightly more mainstream (very slightly), somewhat more serious second film is another take on a work of H.P. Lovecraft. In this case, it’s actually a fairly close approximation of — and expansion on — the source material. OK, so it’s doubtful that the prudish Lovecraft would have cared for the film’s kinkier elements, but he’s not in a position to complain now. It’s not as wild as Re-Animator, but it’s still a lot of splattery fun.