Written by John Edward Betancourt
There are theories out there that suggest that space is not the final frontier. The the building blocks of life that exist in the void beyond our planet have managed to build other things, other worlds and other places. Things we cannot see, things that are around us, suspended in a dimension that may never be discovered.
The idea of multiple dimensions is nothing new in science and science fiction and horror, simply because the realm of possibilities fascinate us. Are there dimensions out there where an alternate version of ourselves exist? Is there an earth out there where the dinosaurs lived? The possibilities are endless really and while there are men of science posing these theories out there, the real work in discovering the worst parts of the universe falls to the horror and science fiction genre, and one film that stands out for its wild ideas of what could be out there was the 1986 horror gem...From Beyond.
Dr. Edward Pretorius believes that man is capable of seeing beyond our world and his newly invented device, the Resonator aims to prove that theory. But his first major test of the device ends in disaster, with his death. His assistant, Crawford is blamed for the good doctor's death and committed to a psychiatric hospital. But a routine medical exam shows changes to his body that cannot be explained and Dr. Katherine McMichaels is now curious as to what Edward discovered and returns to the lab with Crawford, only to find that the Resonator works and what it shows man, should have stayed beyond our sight.
Simply put, this is a surprisingly good horror flick. Loosely based off of the short story of the same name by the legendary H.P. Lovecraft, From Beyond does a fine job disturbing and disgusting the audience. It helps that it is a film filled with horror legends for starters. The iconic Jeffrey Combs is in this, as is scream queen Barbara Crampton and the legendary Ken Foree, and each one of them do an incredible job selling the wild aspects of this story.
But the film goes above and beyond in bringing eerie and disturbing to the table. The special effects are nothing short of awesome and quite frankly, something that at the time I had never seen before and haven't seen since. The creatures that arrive from this secondary dimension are truly the stuff of nightmares, especially what becomes of Dr. Pretorius. I won't say much more than that because...these are effects that have to be seen to be believed.
Either way, this is one you need to see. The scares are top notch, the cast is incredible and this is a movie that will leave you shaking your head to clear your mind of the disturbing events that just played out before you long after the credits have ended.