From Beyond, directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), is loosely based upon the short story of the same name by H.P. Lovecraft, though it has little to nothing to do with his famed Cthulhu Mythos.
Doctors Edward Pretorius and Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs) have built a massive, mad-scientist-looking machine in their country mansion called The Resonator. The Resonator, when turned on, stimulates the pineal glands of those persons within the electromagnetic field surrounding the machine, thereby granting them the ability to perceive a plane of existence that overlaps with our own and the many strange and ghastly creatures within. As awesome as that sounds, trust me when I say, it is not.The catch is, when a person’s pineal gland is stimulated, those aforementioned creatures gain the ability to perceive their presence as well, and they don’t take too kindly to human beings.
From Beyond is hands down the craziest, most creatively messed up horror movie I’ve ever witnessed. From beginning to end, Stuart Gordon and company continually outdo themselves with flying fish monsters, sadomasochistic melting men, swollen pineal glands that pop out of your skull and have a mind of their own, brain eating, and on, and on, and on. Seriously, by the end of this movie, you’ll be both exhausted and exhilarated by every horrifying and, yes, hilarious scene.
The creature effects are incredible—reminiscent of John Carpenter’s The Thing, only slimier and more over-the-top (as impossible as that sounds). The cinematography is beautiful with its abundance of bright pinks, reds, and greens. And don’t forget this incredible line of dialogue: “It—bit—off—his—head…like a GINGERBREAD MAN!”
Trust me when I say, From Beyond is a movie that, once you’ve seen it, you’ll never be able to forget it. And that’s a good thing. Unless you hate awesome horror movies, in which case…I guess it’s a bad thing?