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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

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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:

From Beyond See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,261,000
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Company Credits

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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Trivia

The Resonator sound effects were later sampled in the song "Intergalactic" by the Beastie Boys. See more »

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In the opening scene the windows of the first floor in Dr. Pretorious' house are shattered. A little later in the movie, when the team arrives again at the "crime scene", it is clearly visible, that the window classes are still unbroken. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Edward Pretorius: Humans are such an easy prey.
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was uncut by the BBFC (though the print submitted was the MPAA-edited R-rated version). The UK Vestron video releases were cut by 10 secs by the BBFC and edited a scene where Katherine's breasts are molested by the transformed Pretorius. See more »

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Something is lacking from this sci-fi horror
29 November 2010 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Despite the undoubted talent in front and behind the camera From Beyond was a disappointment to me. Director Stuart Gordon was of course responsible for the earlier Re-Animator, which was also an adaption of an H.P. Lovecraft story. It, therefore, seemed like From Beyond would be a winner, especially when two of the principal actors from that film returned here, namely, Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton; with the welcome addition of Ken Foree of Dawn of the Dead fame. Sadly, for some reason, things just never seem to truly take off and the film never really catches fire.

As I said before it does follow the template of Re-Animator. Even so far as casting Combs as a serious minded scientist dabbling in dangerous science but also in its use of great sticky 80's special effects. They are rather good it does have to be said. I just don't think they were incorporated into an interesting enough narrative. The wicked humour of Re-Animator was for the most part missing here, which I think worked to this movies detriment. The best moment for me was when Barbara Crampton kitted herself out in bondage gear and went slightly nymphomaniac on us. A little bit more of this and I might have been more generous with my final assessment but overall for me From Beyond just never kicks into first gear. It isn't a bad film as such but has to go down as something of a misfire when you consider the personnel involved.


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