Analysis Of From Beyond

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From Beyond released in 1986 is an American horror film based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story of the same name. A short story that 's only seven pages long and Stuart Gordon made great us of that level of creative freedom. So while really good film, I don 't really get an H.P. Lovecraft vibe. I found the story fun, but underwhelming. What really got my attention was characters, visuals and special effects. Which are all fantastic. So again, seven pages long. So I can easily understand the lack of atmosphere that makes me feel H.P. Lovecraft 's hand at play being somewhat absent here.

The film opens with Dr. Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs) of the Miskatonic University, assistant Dr. Edward Pretorius (Ted Sorel) of working on The Resonator.
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With the core cast doing a fantastic job, with their on-screen performances being fluid and natural. In such a strange film it would have been easy to play it campy, and it does once or twice. But, you can tell the actors are taking this job seriously and brought their A game.

But I do have gripes. Mainly it 's the writing, sorry Dennis Paoli. Which is shaky in most place and thin in others. Not to say a story isn 't told here. Because one is and a good one at that. Just looking back, the run time feel empty and I wish the theme of body horror would have been further explored with Crawford 's character. As well as Bubba to be more affected by the effects of Resonator. From Beyond is a good example of a film that could be improved by just a couple more revisions.

Final thoughts, it 's good. Hell I say its great even. Just not outstanding. Parts for sure are, but others not so much. The main cast is fantastic, but the supporting cast is incredibly forgettable. But the question to ask is how does this film work as a horror film? The answer is fantastically. You care for the characters because you can connect to them. So the terror easily translates to you and with the suspension of disbelief you 're there with them and the terrors they encounter.

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