Based on an H.P. Lovecraft tale, From Beyond brings exactly what you expect from said author.
A genius scientist is experimenting with a resonating device, stimulating the pineal gland of the human brain. The pineal gland is the home base for the human sex drive, and once the gland has been stimulated by the resonator device, things get a bit….weird. Soon, we are catching glimpses of an alternate dimension, one that exists on the same plane as our own, both planes invisible to each other, without the stimulated pineal gland in play.
First and formost, From Beyond is gore for gore’s sake. Chances are, if you’re watching this, that’s what you’re therefore, so you’re good to go there. Second, H.P. Lovecraft films are always ALWAYS strange, ethereal, and out there. From Beyond doesn’t dissapoint there either.
The stand out of the film are the performances by Jeffery Combs and Ken Foree, both stalwart horror vets. With something akin to 5 H.P. films under his belt, Jeffery Combs is an expert to the genre, and pulls off the slowly slipping into insanity twitchiness superbly. Ken Foree, the story’s standard tough guy cop, fills in the movie with a fair number of laughs, and treats is simply with his appearance. What discerning horror fan doesn’t love some Ken Foree? (Note: Not to say that Barbara Crampton put in a bad performance here, but the highlight of her screen time was her leather dominatrix suit and stilletto heels donned post Pineal Stimulation, and hey, T&A’s just as important to a horror flick as anything else right?)
In the end, a solid if not bizarre story angle, some solid gore effects, and some top notch acting on the part of Ken Foree and Jeffery Combs gives us what we’re looking for. A fun and slimy time at the movies, having fun cringing at the gooey parts, jumping at the shocking parts, and cheer for the blond librarian looking chick in leather sex gear! (Another Note: While I am a Ken Foree fan, I really don’t need to see him in bikini briefs again. Ever. I mean it.)
4 librarian dominatrix out of 5
No full review for Dazed and Confused this time. A classic movie, that I dearly love mind you, but I had to throw this one up, just because I watched it on E! TV and the redub’s to cover up the swears are just hilarious.