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From Within (After Dark Horrorfest III) (2008)

Steven Culp , Adam Goldberg , Phedon Papamichael  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steven Culp, Adam Goldberg, Jared Harris, Thomas Dekker, Elizabeth Rice
  • Directors: Phedon Papamichael
  • Writers: Brad Keene
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P9N99O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,822 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A rash of suicides hit the small community of Grovetown, causing fear and panic among local residents. As those around 18 year old Lindsay continue to die gruesome deaths, she begins to distrust everyone and suspects she will become the next victim.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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A small town is afflicted with a rash of suicides. Beginning with a young man who shoots himself in front of his bewildered girlfriend, and continuing on to her, and on and on to anyone who is near the latest victim. A Christian girl named Lindsay is trying to make sense of these tragedies but is beset by the other affliction the town suffers, and that is the extreme religious views of its mega-church. Convinced the deaths stem from a local "witch" family, Lindsay's boyfriend Dylan leads the effort to first intimidate, and ultimately kill them off. Lindsay has to choose sides - devotion to the town's faith, or helping the boy whom the town is gunning for.

FROM WITHIN is one of the last of this year's 8 Films To Die For that I watched, and it's certainly one of the most polished. Acting is flawless, as is direction, cinematography, and, for the most part, writing. The story is coherent and follows a logical progression. And, it delivers plenty of chills along the way. In short, it has what most of the other films didn't have.

I do have two slight issues with the movie. The first is the fact that, chilling as it is, the bulk of the films scares are lifted almost directly from other films. You have the creepy girl with the hair covering her face, or the girl appearing in the TV, or the cheap After Effects shot of the sudden black-eyed demon face. The film also suffers from having THE BROKEN in the same festival this year, both films drawing heavily on mirrors and reflections attacking people. But, though these effects are lifted from other films, they are still employed very well here - the movie delivers plenty of great creep-out moments, even if they are familiar.

The only other issue I have is in the broadly stereotypical portrayal of extreme religion.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of After Dark Horrorfest III April 19, 2009
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In my opinion, this latest series of films in the "After Dark Horrorfest" series is much better than their predecessors, and "From Within" continues that trend. The film is a cross between "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "The Grudge," with elements of revenge and a curse. The movie takes place in a small town, where so-called Christian zealots hold cult-like sway over many of the people, with one notable exception: a family of wiccans (for lack of a better term). In an event prior to the start of the movie, a woman was burned alive because the religious townspeople suspected her - without any real evidence - in the death of a child. Events are soon set in motion, resulting in a curse being placed upon the town for their evil and unjust act. The film is really worth a watch, and the end has a really good twist!

The acting isn't too bad for a lower-budge movie. Thomas Dekker, from "The Sarah Conner Chronicles," is one of the main actors in the film.

There are some stereotypes (ignorant, hypocritical, over-zealous Christians as well as the ever persecuted wiccans) used in the film, but I don't think that they detract from the film too much. Again, if you liked "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "The Grudge" or just movies about vengeful spirits and curses, then this is a good film to check out. Enjoy...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Wicked Will Be Punished January 11, 2009
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"From Within" isn't all that successful as a horror movie, or even as a regular movie. It is, however, often times very interesting in its approach, shifting back and forth between a commentary on religious tolerance and a vengeance fable that pulls no punches regardless of denomination. It's interesting and problematic, because by the end of the film, the Godless pagans look just as guilty as the fundamentalist Christians. In other words, I no longer could determine which side represented good and which side represented evil. Maybe that's the point of this film: That religion is dangerous no matter what god you happen to pray to. Or maybe it has nothing to do with attacking any particular religion; maybe it's just a way to make the overused idea of supernatural forces wreaking havoc seem original.

Whatever. What I know for sure is that, even though "From Within" had some genuinely engaging moments, it still didn't quite live up to its potential. Consider the fact that it takes place one of those small Southern towns where the vast majority take faith in God a little too seriously; while effective as a plot device, the truth is that we've seen too many horror films about communities with frightening mob-like mentalities. There's also the fact that religion is generalized to the point of turning virtually everyone into a caricature. The only neutral character is a teenager named Lindsay (Elizabeth Rice), who seems to recognize that, in spite of her own faith, people should be allowed to worship as they see fit.

The story: A string of deaths are plaguing the God-fearing town of Grovestown.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy installment for J-horror fans October 8, 2010
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From Within has a pretty standard premise: small town with a dark secret unjustly murders a woman for witchcraft, witch takes revenge, townsfolk fall apart as their dark secret is unveiled and foolish teenagers pay the price.

From Within plays with preconceived notions of who is wrong and right in the debate over fundamentalism by sprinkling forthright characters with dark secrets...and dark characters with dark secrets too. Nobody's innocent. Not Aidan (Thomas Dekker, Mr. John Connor himself) the goth pretty boy whose brother Sean (Shiloh Fernandez) committed suicide in front of his girlfriend (Rumor Willis), nor Dylan (Kelly Blatz) the son of a preacher man. With Lindsay (Elizabeth Rice) in the middle, they form a peculiar love triangle that's not particularly convincing, as Dylan comes off as nothing more than a pious robot. It's hard to conceive that he and Elizabeth had a relationship at all.

The other characters, including Lindsay's boozy stepmother Trish (Laura Allen), her redneck boyfriend (Roy Adam) and the always-smiling Pastor Joe (Steven Culp) are all just about as awful as you might expect. Christian fundamentalism is portrayed as just as ugly as alternative religions like Wicca. It's not the mask of religion that's the problem, according to director Phedon Papamichael, it's what people are really like on the inside. And with the exception of Lindsay, everyone is petty, vindictive, and self-centered.

But this is a horror film with a curse at its center, and From Within doesn't disappoint. The ghosts all appear as dead, animated doppelgangers of their future victims, providing a fun "guess how they're gonna die" game for the audience that has echoes in
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great B horror film
Very good for a after dark horrorfest movie, probably one of the best among the annual collections. Good concept, story moves fast enough and remains interesting, effects aren't... Read more
Published 9 months ago by redfish001
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for atheists
I just watched the film and I have to say just one thing: amazing. It's been a while since a film moved me so much like this one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Wolfgang Muellner
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
Has you guessing right from the start of the film. Slow in a few spots but the ending is really a twist!
Published 11 months ago by Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
Just different enough to be worth watching. My wife enjoyed it as much as I did, as did our 15 year old granddaughter.
Published 11 months ago by Shawn E Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great all around
Fanatical religious town searching blindly for someone to blame for things they have no answers to. Grabs your attention from the beginning and doesn't let go until the credits... Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Vasquez
1.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078
Ever since the release of movies like the Grudge and the Ring, a decade ago, we have been flooded with these similar movies and aren't you tired of them by now? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Todd Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this movie
I thought this movie was very good. Great plot, good actors, and kept me entertained the whole way through. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Angie
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for all
I like slasher films, so I enjoyed the sometimes creative way they killed people. ("THAT's gotta hurt.") It kept me entertained.
Published 12 months ago by Maureen Shea
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I enjoyed this movie a lot. It's not the same kind of story line that most movies are based on. It kept my interest
Published 12 months ago by Pugbaby
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper, creeper
Awesome take on the small-town, curse theme! Can't imagine how I missed this one the first time around. The director and production house are on my new watch list.
Published 12 months ago by J Hap
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