Film (1986). Taryn/Empire. Executive producer Charles Band. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Dennis Paoli, loosely based on "From Beyond" (June 1934 The Fantasy Fan) by H P Lovecraft. Cast includes Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon and Ted Sorel. 85 minutes. Colour.
With three of the same leading players, the same production team, and one of Lovecraft's fringe sf stories as its original, this is effectively a sequel to Re-Animator (1985), and was made as a direct result of that film's success. Lovecraft's idea was that stimulating the pineal gland might open a window to another Dimension peopled by Monsters. The film adds an element of sexual stimulation to that (psychiatrists in bondage gear, etc.), a not unreasonable reading of Lovecraft's lurid but repressed imaginings, but the main variation is the glee and (occasional) wit with which the disgusting monsters from beyond are set into action. Though an undergraduate-style exercise in Splatter-Movie bad taste, From Beyond is less gory than Re-Animator. [PN]
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