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Every Once in a While a Horror Film Becomes a Classic. In 1931 Frankenstein. In 1932 Dracula. In 1968 Rosemary's Baby. in 1974 The Exorcist. This year it's... See more »
An anthology of four short horror stories revolving around a British antique shop and its mysterious owner. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ian Bannen ... Christopher Lowe (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")

Ian Carmichael ... Reginald Warren (segment 3 "The Elemental")

Peter Cushing ... The Proprietor

Diana Dors ... Mabel Lowe (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")

Margaret Leighton ... Madame Orloff (segment 3 "The Elemental")

Donald Pleasence ... Jim Underwood (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")

Nyree Dawn Porter ... Susan Warren (segment 3 "The Elemental")

David Warner ... Edward Charlton (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher")

Angela Pleasence ... Emily Underwood (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")

Ian Ogilvy ... William Seaton (segment 4 "The Door")

Lesley-Anne Down ... Rosemary Seaton (segment 4 "The Door")

Jack Watson ... Sir Michael Sinclair (segment 4 "The Door")

Wendy Allnutt ... Pamela (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher")
Rosalind Ayres ... Prostitute - Edward's first victim (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher")
Tommy Godfrey ... Mr. Jeffries (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher")
Ben Howard ... Burglar
John O'Farrell ... Stephen Lowe (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")
Marcel Steiner ... The Face (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dallas Adams ... 2nd young male new flat owner (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher") (uncredited)
Michael Crane ... 2nd Workman (segment 4 "The Door") (uncredited)
Shaun Curry ... 1st Workman (segment 4 "The Door") (uncredited)
Helen Fraser ... Guest (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher") (uncredited)
Scott Fredericks ... Man at Seance (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher") (uncredited)

Brian Hall ... Man on Phone (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Dubbed Marcel Steiner / Dallas Adams (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher") (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Kevin Connor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
R. Chetwynd-Hayes  stories
Raymond Christodoulou 
Robin Clarke 

Produced by
John Dark .... associate producer
Max Rosenberg .... producer
Milton Subotsky .... producer
Original Music by
Douglas Gamley 
Cinematography by
Alan Hume 
Film Editing by
John Ireland 
Production Design by
Maurice Carter 
Art Direction by
Bert Davey 
Set Decoration by
Simon Wakefield 
Costume Design by
John Hilling 
Makeup Department
Mibs Parker .... hair stylist
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Production Management
Teresa Bolland .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Graham Easton .... second assistant director
John Peverall .... first assistant director
Vic Smith .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Vic Simpson .... construction manager
Sound Department
Peter Handford .... sound mixer
Peter Keen .... sound editor
Nolan Roberts .... dubbing mixer
David Stephenson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Derek V. Browne .... camera operator (as Derek Browne)
Mike Frift .... camera focus
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ruth Knight .... wardrobe mistress
Music Department
Douglas Gamley .... conductor
Other crew
Penny Daniels .... continuity
Andy Armstrong .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Creatures" - USA (reissue title)
"The Creatures" - USA (poster title)
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97 min | Spain:94 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) (2007) | Canada:14A (Ontario) (2007) | France:12 | Norway:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) | USA:PG (certificate #23736)

Did You Know?

Although the film was granted a '15' certificate for video in 1987 by the BBFC in the UK, there is no evidence that Warner Home Video actually released this film on any media in the UK until the DVD release in 2007. Indeed, the film was once slated to form part of Warner's 1995 UK 'Terror Vision The Crypt Collection' with a proposed release date of 30 October 1995 quoted in some release catalogs inserted into the collection's earlier releases but this release never materialized until in 2007 it was released in the UK on DVD.See more »
Continuity: In "The Elemantal" scene when the mans wife is scratched by the elemental, we see claw marks on her shoulder, which have disappeared by the time they are in bed laterSee more »
[last lines]
The Proprietor:O dear. The love of money is the root of all evil.
[bell from shop door]
The Proprietor:Ay, customers, come in, come in. I'm sure I have the very thing to tempt you. Lots of bargains. All tastes catered to. Oh... and a big novelty surprise goes with every purchase. Do come in... any time. I'm always open.
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Beware the Pleasances!, 14 December 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

In good old Amicus-Anthology tradition, debuting director Kevin Connor presents a nice variety of three just above average horror stories and one really terrific one. "From Beyond the Grave" certainly wasn't the production studio's best omnibus effort (that honor goes to either "Asylum" or "The House that Dripped Blood"), but it has a splendid ensemble cast (including eminent British names like Donald Pleasance, Peter Cushing, Ian Ogilvy, David Warner, Ian Carmichael,… ), a neat wraparound narrative and an overall pleasingly sinister atmosphere. All separate tales begin in the same location, namely an obscure and hidden antique shop manned by Peter Cushing. The customers at this shop then become the protagonists of the segments, and the attentive viewer quickly figures out that their own personal fate will also depend on whether or not they are honest human beings. The bought items (an army medal, an ancient mirror, a snuff box and even an medieval door) aren't necessarily essential objects in the tales, though. The first story stars David Warner ("The Omen") as an obnoxious man who becomes possessed with a murderous spirit homing in his recently purchased antique mirror. The plot of "The Gate Crasher", as this story is called, is quite mundane but it boosts a handful of grisly set pieces. The third story is a rather comical referring to "The Exorcist", with Ian Carmichael being possessed by an invisible and hugely hyperactive elemental critter (whatever the hell that may be) that is attached to his shoulder. The exorcism scenes are incredibly over-the-top and the segment isn't really meant to be scary. The fourth and final story was a bit too tacky in my humble opinion, but it nonetheless has awesomely grim scenery (the room, the portal, the axe…) and the beauty of actress Lesley-Ann Down. I'm deliberately saving story number two for last, as it is by far the most superior installment of them all. Most credit here must go to Donald Pleasance and his real-life daughter Angela, for their genuinely uncanny performances as the overly friendly yet obtrusive pair of low-class street merchants who gradually 'take-over' an unhappy married man. I can't reveal too much about the plot, but the performances of Donald and particularly Angela Pleasance truly send cold shivers down your spine. Recommended!

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