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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.

Director:

Stuart Gordon

Writers:

H.P. Lovecraft (short story), Brian Yuzna (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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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 ... 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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Everything is alive... and hungry. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Was filmed in Italy with an Italian crew in order to save money. Gordon says that the film would have cost $15 million to make in the United States, whereas the foreign production enabled him to hold costs to approximately $2.5 million. It was shot on a soundstage called Dinocitta just outside Rome. Dinocitta was originally constructed by Dino DeLaurentiis, but was seized by the government for nonpayment of taxes, and then sold to Empire Studios. See more »

Goofs

When Bubba tackles Crawford and they fall down the stairs, for a brief moment just before they hit the landing "Bubba's" face is shown (from the camera at the top of the stairs), and it is obviously a stunt double. See more »

Quotes

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

Prior to the Monsters HD channel airing of the film and the subsequent DVD and Blu-ray releases, the home media releases before 2007 contained the censored R-rated cut which removed the following:
  • Katherine being molested a few seconds longer by Pretorius.
  • Dr. Bloch taking 14 seconds longer attempting to remove the pineal gland hump from Crawford's forehead.
  • A longer scene of Crawford eating the brains in the morgue.
  • Additional footage of Crawford sucking out Dr. Bloch's eye and spitting it out onto the floor before then sucking at her socket.
  • The ambulance driver's death by three blows to the head instead of just one.
  • A brief shot of blood graphically spurting as Katherine bites off Crawford's pineal hump.
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Campy and cheesy at times but spine tingling all the way thru
20 April 2002 | by ElvesBrewSee all my reviews

This is done by the same crew that gave us ReAnimator and while it follows in the same tradition of camp, cheese, and corn, "From Beyond" offers something more. There is sexier sex from Barbara Crampton, fresh from the Young and the Restless daytime soap. It is hard to decide if it is her Femme Fatal or her Black Leather Dominatrix that is the sexier. She does them both so well. Jeffery Combs gets a true starring role in this time out and offers much more depth to his reluctant hero character. His mentor/adversary Dr. Pretorius, played by Ted Sorel, is the essence of perverse genius. The special effects are also more intense and a step beyond anything else you're likely to have seen. Especially the battles between Pretorius and Combs' character, Crawford Tillinghast. With all the tongue in cheek humor, the campy sets and costumes, and the cheesy dialogue there still lies a truly spine tingling and disturbing storyline beneath it all. This movie could have easily been just another campy horror film but the terror of perversion makes it so much more.

This film disturbs and entertains, excites and amuses a unique vision unlike anything else.


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$514,417, 26 October 1986

Gross USA:

$1,261,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,261,000
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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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