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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  • Jeffrey Combs in From Beyond (1986)
  • Barbara Crampton in From Beyond (1986)
  • Barbara Crampton and Carolyn Purdy-Gordon in From Beyond (1986)

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25 June 2015 | claudio_carvalho
6
| Funny Trash
Dr. Edward Pretorius (Ted Sorel) and his assistant, the physician Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs), 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 (Bunny Summers) 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 (Carolyn Purdy-Gordon). However, the prominent psychiatrist Dr. Katherine McMichaels (Barbara Crampton) requests the custody of Crawford and Detective Bubba Brownlee (Ken Foree) 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.

"From Beyond" is a funny trash produced by Brian Yuzna and Charles Band and directed by Stuart Gordon that works with the cult-actor Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton from the Re-Animator. The result is a gore and gruesome black humor horror movie filmed in Italy to keep the low-budget. In the 80's, "From Beyond" was very creative and unique; in the present days, it has lost part of this impact but still entertains. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Do Além" ("From Beyond")

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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 fifteen million dollars to make in the United States, whereas the foreign production enabled him to hold costs to approximately two and a half million dollars. 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.


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Dr. Katherine McMichaels: Don't you understand? This is the greatest discovery since van Leeuwenhoek first looked through a microscope and saw an amoeba!
Buford 'Bubba' Brownlee: Yeah, but he wasn't down there *with* the amoebas!


Goofs

When Katharine is in the institution for the first time, and she is looking through the windows on the cell-doors, the audio of the man who screams at her does not match with the movement of his lips.


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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