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From Beyond (1986)

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A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

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Stuart Gordon

Writers:

H.P. Lovecraft (short story), Brian Yuzna (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeffrey Combs ... Crawford Tillinghast
Barbara Crampton ... Dr. Katherine McMichaels
Ted Sorel ... Dr. Edward Pretorius
Ken Foree ... Bubba Brownlee
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon ... Dr. Bloch
Bunny Summers ... Neighbor Lady
Bruce McGuire Bruce McGuire ... Jordan Fields
Del Russel Del Russel ... Ambulance Driver
Dale Wyatt ... Paramedic
Karen Christenfeld Karen Christenfeld ... Nurse
Andy Miller Andy Miller ... Patient - Strait Jacket
John Leamer John Leamer ... Shock Technician
Regina Bleesz Regina Bleesz ... Bondage Girl
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Storyline

Dr. Edward Pretorius and his assistant, the physician Crawford Tillinghast, have developed the Resonator, a machine to stimulate the sixth sense through the pineal gland. When Crawford activates the apparatus, he sees creatures flying in the air and he summons Dr. Pretorius. The experiment goes out of control and Dr. Pretorius refuses to turn off the Resonator. Meanwhile their neighbor calls the police, and when the police officers arrive, they see Crawford trying to escape from his house and Dr. Pretorius beheaded. Crawford is sent to a mental institution under the supervision of the sadistic Dr. Bloch. However, the prominent psychiatrist Dr. Katherine McMichaels requests the custody of Crawford and Detective Bubba Brownlee that is investigating the case stays with them. Katherine goes with Crawford and Bubba to see the Resonator and turns the machine on. Dr. Pretorius returns in a mutant shape and attacks them, in the beginning of a gore night with weird life forms. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Everything is alive...and hungry. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,261,000
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Production Co:

Empire Pictures,Taryn Prov See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Studio executives opposed the casting of Barbara Crampton as Dr. McMichaels because they thought she was "too young to be believable as a psychologist". Stuart Gordon, however, insisted that Crampton be cast, and she was. See more »

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When Crawford first tests the machine for Katherine and Bubba, it is obviously still night time, but a short time later when he turns it off there are rays of sunshine pouring through the window as if it is late morning. See more »

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Buford 'Bubba' Brownlee: This guy was into some weird shit.
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Humans are such easy prey!
30 September 2001 | by KillMe666See all my reviews

This film is without a shadow of a doubt, the best film ever - believe! Pure twisted weirdness that pummels you into submission, without ever letting you catch your breath. Starring the great Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), as the unfortunate Dr. Crawford Tillinghast who is assisting his superior - Dr. Edward Pretorius in creating a resonator with the intent to stimulate the pineal gland in a dormant part of the brain (to create a sixth-sense). Unfortunately, things don't go as planned (it would be pretty boring if they did!) and Dr Pretorius gets his head bit off ("Like a gingerbread man!") after weird slimy creatures start to appear while his sidekick gets away from the house but is blamed for the death and put into an asylum. A very sexy doctor - Dr. Katherine McMichaels accompanied by a Shaft wannabe - Leroy 'Bubba' Brown ("I'm the LAW here!") remove Crawford from the institution and back to the dreaded house to recreate the experiment and prove Crawford's innocence, needless to say, Crawford is a bit miffed about leaving his cosy straitjacket and; relative safety.

There are GREAT lines (especially from Combs) - "Alright! Come and get me...EUNUCH! This time I'm not running away!", gross-out effects aplenty - heads being twisted off, killer bees that reduce their victim to a bloody, boney mess, and just look at how Dr Pretorius slowly changes into something vile;

Crawford - "My God Edward, what have you become?"

Pretorius - "Myself!"

Pure genius.

I love this film, I really do. If not for the fact that there is never a moment of boredom, the fact it has a real Lovecraftian sense of dread, or the way it manages to come off looking like some kind of acid trip, then just to see, Barbara Crampton in full S&M gear.

Oh, the movie was filmed using some sort of pink filter, which just adds to the weirdness. Did I mention how great it was?

See it (wo)man, just see it!


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