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From Beyond (1986)




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From Beyond is where eccentric scientist Jeffrey Combs produces such creepy-crawlies as jellyfish, eels, and gland-like creatures. The conduit for these manifestations is a huge glass globe called the Resonator, with which Combs has been experimenting for several months, hoping to discover and harness a new "sixth sense". When Combs invites his mentor Ted Sorel (whose character name is Praetorious, a la Bride of Frankenstein) to witness the phenomena emanating from the globe, Sorel's head is literally bitten off. Accused of Sorel's murder, Combs demonstrates his invention to doubting authorities--whereupon Sorel reappears as one of the Resonator's residue. This occurrence drives the witnesses mad, and then the newly unleashed Sixth Sense really runs amok. Director Stuart Gordon, whose earlier Re-Animator paid homage to the works of H.P. Lovecraft, utilizes a bonafide Lovecraft short story to excellent if gruesome effect in From Beyond.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Dennis Paoli, Brian Yuzna, Stuart Gordon
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On DVD: Sep 11, 2007
Vestron Video

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Barbara Crampton
as Dr. Katherine McMich...
Jeffrey Combs
as Crawford Tillinghast
Ted Sorel
as Dr. Edward Pretorius
Ken Foree
as Buford `Bubba' Brown...
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon
as Dr. Roberta Bloch
Bunny Summers
as Hester Gilman
Bruce McGuire
as Jordan Fields
Del Russell
as Ambulance Driver
Dale Wyatt
as Paramedic
Andy Miller
as Patient in Straitjac...
John Leamer
as Shock Technician
Regina Bleesz
as Bondage Girl
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Critic Reviews for From Beyond

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

...a disappointing missed opportunity that never becomes the fun, fast-paced horror effort that one might've expected or hoped for.

Full Review… | December 31, 2013
Reel Film Reviews

From Beyond is just as unnerving now as it was in 1986. A boldly ambitious work of cinematic terror.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Aisle Seat

The tone is so ludicrous and deadpan that it practically invites a late night audience to laugh as well as scream.

Full Review… | September 16, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for From Beyond

It grows tense and mysterious with excellent special effects and make-up while always holding our interest, but in the last half-hour it goes completely astray and over the top, losing its direction and becoming a hilarious mess with an insane climax.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


A pair of mad scientists develop a device that activates the pineal gland, allowing them access to the "beyond." This is an obvious attempt by director Stuart Gordon to repeat the formula that worked so well in his debut, RE-ANIMATOR---R-rated update of an H.P. Lovecraft idea starring Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton---but it lacks the black comedy, outrageousness and originality that made the early film a hit.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

Stuart Gordon has made a terrific film with Re-Animator continues that streak with From Beyond, another film based on the works of H.P Lovecraft. The result is a highly entertaining film that delivers a unique viewing experience. Brilliantly acted by a cast comprising of some of the most memorable names in horror, this film definitely is a thrill from start to finish. This is a shocking, horrifying film with great gore effects that is sure to please the most die-hard gore hound. Stuart Gordon has always been a top-notch director in the genre and with From Beyond, he solidifies his reputation as one of the best directors in the genre. This is a well crafted Sci Fi horror film that has hints of the body horror genre. Stuart Gordon's understanding of the horror medium. The plot is terrific and there are some great performances by Ken Foree and Jeffrey Combs who make the film worth seeing. Stuart Gordon keeps the ball rolling with memorable gore effects that really stand out. This is a sick film that relies on gore and surrealism elements that add to the film's story. This is among the best of 80's horror. The film is also one of best films by Stuart Gordon who helmed Re-Animator and that's saying something. This is a riveting picture that is a bloody good time from start to finish. If you love Gordon's work on Re-Animator, then this film is for you. Brilliantly constructed, directed and acted, this is horror at its finest, and a film that shouldn't be passed up.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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