Wednesday, July 2, 2008

From Beyond

From Beyond (1986)

Ranking: Yes
Trashiness: Moderately Trashy

Granted, just about anything would seem like a real party and a half after Nightbreed (I watched these two back to back), especially at one in the morning jacked up on caffeine. Not that I'm a caffeine head. One cup of tea is enough to get me seriously hyper. But it did tickle me.

About a pervy scientist (Ted Sorel - character name Dr. Pretorious. Which I'm going to take as a Frankenstein reference) who invents a machine which activates some brain gland. This gland allows people to see all the unspeakable horrors of the next dimension (the horrors being somewhat reminiscent of The Thing. IOW, made of latex and covered in goo). Basically a haunted house type story, at least until Jeffrey Combs grows a third eyeball and starts running around eating peoples brains. His 'third eye' doohickey actually looked a lot like what Marilyn Chambers had growing out her armpit in Rabid.

Anyway, I haven't read the original text, though I assume they took a few liberties when adapting this film. The soft core bondage stuff is kind of a giveaway. Not that I really give a shit.

Um. It was pretty silly. Noy as goofy as Re-Animator, but still ridiculous. Jeffrey Combs is so frigging intense.

And, because it was bugging us so damn much, Mr. Blue looked up Ken Foree and he was the cool guy from Dawn of the Dead. I recognized him from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3. How lame is that? I guess it's a pretty good indication I need to watch Dawn of the Dead again.

So not a great film by any means, but a pretty entertaining way to spend an evening. Especially after sitting through Nightbreed.

I just liked the like "It bit his head off. Like a ginger bread man". That still amuses me even though it's been over a month since I watched that movie. Heh heh heh.

Wee hoo.


Directed by: Stuart Gordon. Written by: Dennis Paoli based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft. Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, Ted Sorel, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Bunny Summers

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