From Beyond (Unrated Director's Cut)
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You really have to love the work of Stuart Gordon, and moreso now that it comes complete to you in a form you haven't been allowed to see.
For the longest time this item was only available in the US on VHS, and even then it was available only in chopped up variations that made you want to wince. The same can be said for the versions that appeared on bootlegged DVD - there were qualities issues that abounded, terrible dubbing issues to contend with, and there were also the irregularities that seemed to occur depending on what version you had. This was a sad fate considering this was one of the Gordon "big three," too, and the idea that such a good Combs movie could be overlooked seemed almost impossible. Lately rumors began to surface about a DC of the movie, though, and the suicidegirls did an interview that confirmed that the movie would be coming out. So, it took 21 years for someone to see the point in that, but after 21 years you have a DVD feature of one of Stuart Gordon's better films - and one that he did in the height of HPL remakes and j. Combs stardom.
So, what does it mean to have a director's cut of the movie.Read more ›
When Dr. Katheryn McMichaels discovers Pretorius' assistant Crawford Tillinghast who was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, incarcerated in a mental hospital, she remands him into her custody to recreate the experiment. Together with cop Buford 'Bubba' Brownlee, the dimension is opened and they are greeted by a nude and subsequently malformed Dr. Pretorius who takes a strong liking to Katherine - both to her horror and ecstasy, for it seems the process also enhances sexual sensitivity as well, and she is awakened to her primal self.
Considering the procedure is largely experimental yet, the scientific method of trial and error is employed to disasterous results, as various creatures who range from eel-like beings to huge worm-like monsters are attracted to the massive electro-magnetic vibrations, and eventually overcome the participants. Pretorius is himself a transmutating beast who attempts to absorb Tillinghast and Katherine, until they eventually barely escape with their lives, though Tillinghast is dramatically effected by this encounter as his pineal stem emerges from his forehead like a "third eye", through which his psychic abilities are amplified, but is also afflicted with an insatiable hunger for brains.Read more ›
Nothing could be further from the truth.
I'm disappointed that even fans familiar with Lovecraft or "B" films don't catch on that the over-the-top performances are intentional. Think about the semi-formal dialogue, usually among highly educated turn-of-the-century (20th, that is) scientists and college students who populate Lovecraft's pulp-fiction stories where he got paid by the word. You'll find that the language in this movie has the feeling of being lifted right out of these stories. It would be impossible for even Val Kilmer or Gary Oldman to make these stilted conversations flow smoothly. Yet, as one watches, he or she realizes that he has fully accepted the characters and their motivations. That's the ingenuity of it, to give it that pulp fiction feel that a modern reader gets when he first samples one of these stories (and the "B" movie is film's answer to pulp-fiction). Yet, it must be done with a straight face or it will fall apart into a mindless, unfunny parody like "Attack of the Killer Tomatos" (I present the campy "B" movie as a separate category from outright horror-comedies like the excellent "Evil Dead 2", or "Dead-Alive"). While some vainly search for humor in the outrageous goings on, they don't realize that they aren't seeing the forest because of the trees.Read more ›
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THE STORY: Follow up to the wildly over-the-top excess of RE-ANIMATOR. Director Stuart Gordon taps another H.P. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hose Knows (aka Jinzo Ningen)
I was in a state of HIGH ANXIETY the entire movie. Several times during the night I was almost positive my pineal gland was stimulated and that I was going to evolve too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by baby bear
After seeing Reanimator as a child, I had to check out the follow up directed by the same guy and starring two of the leads from that movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike Clor
I love this film I wish they would remake this film the special fx would be great !!!!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was led to H.P. Lovecraft through letters written to him by Robert E. Howard whom I loved reading, when I learned they corresponded I started reading H. P. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leo Hott
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|Nail pounding scene?||
According to Stuart Gordon, that scene was not in the 'MPAA Trims' reel that turned up allowing them to make this Director's Cut version. It's presumed permanently lost.
Dec 6, 2007 by Blake A. Washer | See all 4 posts
|This version vs. the 'Dragon' version.||
Yes it is worth getting this version. The transfer is better than the Dragon DVD. The Dragon DVD is also actually the theatrical version. I know the Dragon version also contains an interview with Stuart Gordon & Brian Yuzna. But the director's cut from MGM is obviously the way to go ;)
Jan 24, 2008 by The Whatever Dude | See all 2 posts
|remakes sometimes work||
I haven't seen all horror originals and remakes but I will say that I definely loved the Dracula with Keanu and Winona! I totally agree that the two Exorcist prequels just plain SUCKED! I didn't particularly like the original Fog so I have no hopes for the remake. I didn't know there was a remake... Read More
Oct 2, 2007 by TechnoMachinima1996 | See all 4 posts
|Bluray is coming||Be the first to reply|
|From Beyond -really silly cover art||Be the first to reply|
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