Gordon wound up following up 'Re-animator' with another H.P. Lovecraft adaptation which tested the limits of the MPAA with its extreme body horror. Barbara Crampton excels here with strong support from Ted Sorel and Jeffrey Combs. Sick and twisted material that is certainly for not all tastes but well worth seeking out for the horror maven. This unrated cut certainly surpasses the '86 release cut.
Gordon's followup to Re-Animator isn't nearly as comical or entertaining, but it's much stronger in its story and creative visuals, despite the characterization being as two-dimensional. The subtext of lust and pseudoscience being equivocal to danger and addiction is more dimensional, while From Beyond isn't as effective in what it sets out to do as Re-Animator's smart-ass approach, the intention is much more mature.
From the cold opening to the final frame, this is just pure madness. The dialogue completely ignores the psychosexual elements and instead deals with them in a weird visually exclusive subtext that's possibly even more disturbing. The character arcs are uncommonly extreme and totally welcome. Not just a b-movie horror, there's definitely something else lurking beyond our initial perception. Grotesque and unsettling.
A gooey and icky creature fest with a lean and effective script, a game cast and a clear sense of where everything is going. It might not be high brow filmmaking on any sort of level but the sheer craziness on screen and determination of the film makers has to be admired.
Humans have a hard time conceptualising the mystical in cinema. This certainly does an excellent job of achieving the physical manifestation, but is severely underwritten when it comes to the thought process. It's a minor gripe when the film is this fun, with astonishing FX, excellent colour palette and willing cast. I wish I had this when I was 12.
La historia va así. Una máquina será capaz de activar la sensibilidad neuronal hasta un nivel desconocido. Esto abrirá puertas a lo sobrehumano. Tres personajes serán engatusados por esta creación que va perturbando sus mentes activando en ellos un lado oscuro e incluso erógeno. Pero también es el hombre que fue atrapado por la máquina, uno que dejó de ser cuerpo para ser monstruo. Esta película era para Cronenberg.
*Slight spoilers* I'm almost surprised Re Animator has a stronger cult following than this, its not the most intellectual horror film but its still probes at some really interesting ideas mainly the dark side of sexual exhilaration but whats amazing is it does while throwing in giant worms and brain eating. And few horror films turns its 'final' girl into a lunatic so effectively. Must see for horror fans.