I felt it only made sense to contribute to Splattery September this week.
When it comes to horror – and especially 80’s horror – there aren’t much better pairings than Stuart Gordon and H.P. Lovecraft. ‘Re-Animator’ is certainly a cult classic that has stood the test of time. And after seeing reviews about it – and after Scream Factory had announced that the title had gone out of print – I was anxious to see what the fuss was about.
‘From Beyond’ is about a pair of scientists who create a device that allows anyone standing within range of it to see into the sixth dimension through their pineal glands. They propose that we are constantly surrounded by interdimensional beings that we simply cannot see or interact with (a theory which I believe in, but that’s for another time). And after the machine is deemed a success, one of the scientists is pulled into the dimension.
As the other scientist (played by Jeffrey Combs) is being questioned on his disappearance, Dr. Katherine McMichaels (Barbara Crampton), demands to be shown the device. And when they are within its vicinity, it gives off a lustful aura that hypnotizes and commands those nearby to use it, driving them towards the brink of madness as the original Dr. attempts to make contact from the other side.
This film is a hell of a lot of fun. Full of the goopy, gory mayhem you’d expect from this team, but it doesn’t quite hit the bonkers levels of ‘Re-Animator’. It’s almost more restrained, but it doubles down on the goop and the kinky themes.
‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra