From Beyond (1986)

James / October 23rd, 2012

Description: Monster Madness 80’s-A-Thon! James reviews From Beyond (1986). Humans are such easy prey.

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  • FNHot

    October 23, 2012 at 2:03 am

    great review!

  • zengie

    October 23, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Love this one!

  • nick

    October 23, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Don’t forget the schizophrenia angle!

  • zengie

    October 23, 2012 at 2:11 am

    We rented this till the tape got all [email protected] up..

  • capnmorgan5150

    October 23, 2012 at 2:19 am

    My pineal gland is acting up again, lol.

  • October 23, 2012 at 2:31 am

    LOL! It’s funny that you reviewed this movie today, because I had just ordered this movie on amazon! It should be coming soon! Great review James!

  • majikman19

    October 23, 2012 at 2:52 am

    good review

  • diddymuck

    October 23, 2012 at 3:28 am

    You failed to mention (but did show a part of the scene) the sucking out the brain through the eye socket moment preceded by our hero eating a huge tumor taken from a disposal bucket.

  • Ftmch

    October 23, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Just watched this movie yesterday, funny coincidence!

    I still say you should do a small review of Zombies Ate My Neighbors for SNES.

  • testmonkey6k

    October 23, 2012 at 4:22 am

    I remember seeing this as a kid, it was such a bizarre and gross movie. I didn’t learn who Lovecraft was until I was much older. It’s a shame there aren’t many good Lovecraft movies, as far as I know. I think Reanimator, In The Mouth of Madness, and The Mist would be the closest to doing a good job with his type of story. I do hope that Guillermo Del Toro finally gets to make At The Mountains of Madness, which has been his dream project. Thanks for Monster Madness in October James, they bring back a lot of memories.

  • Nebuchadnezzaurus

    October 23, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Great review. Some of the scenes are very reminiscent (or similar, because they were made in the same time period) of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Speaking of which, I’m really looking forward to James making a review of 2011’s The Thing. Not a remake: check. Many tributes to the 1982 version: check. Reveals what happened to the Norwegian camp: check. Pretty good acting: check. And besides, they were originally going to make practical creature effects, like in the 1982 film, with very impressive costumes and “robots” (there’s a video on YT by Amalgamated dynamics, or ADI – the studio hired to make the practical effects – showcasing the models, which are of insanely high quality and are very realistic) but in the end Universal made the director change all effects to CGI (which to me, still looks pretty good if you’re willing to give it an unbiased look). Some of the models made by ADI still ended up being used in the movie, like the autopsy scene (oop… shouldn’t spoil too much!)

  • October 23, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Never saw this. Looks like I got a new movie I need to check out.

  • komothoes

    October 23, 2012 at 6:20 am

    great review! you need to do the Puppet Master

  • Peron

    October 23, 2012 at 6:37 am

    James, do a Friday The 13th special some day

  • Bloxxie

    October 23, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Cool!! A review in 1 day after!!

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    October 23, 2012 at 8:34 am

    One of the better H.P. Lovecraft adaptations, even better than Reanimator in my opinion. Too bad about At the Mountains of Madness…

  • PhantomExdeath

    October 23, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Yo what the holy fuck?! I gotta watch this movie real soon.

  • juggalo747

    October 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Anybody who grew up in the 90’s (like me, born 1992) will tell you that they know Ken Foree best as Mr. Rockmore from Kenan & Kel. That show was so awesome. Oh yeah, and I just went over to Amazon and bought this less than 30 seconds after the review was over. Thanks.

  • Uncle Meat

    October 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Not only are the door sounds from Star Trek, but Jeffrey Combs is a regular cast member from Start Trek: Deep Space 9! He played three characters, two of them regulars on the show. Though sometimes it’s hard to tell because he wears a lot of alien makeup in the series.

  • Borsuk2

    October 23, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Reminds me of Phantasmagoria 2

  • TaMs

    October 23, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I just noticed that I’ve seen maybe less than 1% of all these movies featured on monster madness. Yes I don’t watch much horror flicks and I’m one of those 90’s kids, but still it’s weird that I haven’t seen these even by accident on tv.
    Excluding the more known ones obviously, invisible man etc. and some that I’ve watched after seeing them on previous monster madnesses. (yeah that’s probably not a real word.)

  • aidan752

    October 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I remeber Jeffrey Combs as The Question from Justice League Unlimited!

  • NoRights

    October 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

    As long as you bring up the Star Trek tangent it’s interesting to mention that Jeffrey Combs who plays Crawford in the movie was on several Star Trek series, probably most notably as Weyoun/Brunt on Deep Space 9

  • NoRights

    October 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Huh. Didn’t see Uncle Meat’s comment when I posted. Either the time it took me to register after the commenting system changed was longer than I thought or I’m slipping :/

  • RobSlowick

    October 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Good review! Can you also review CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH?

  • Maggie1983

    October 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Wow, that is disgusting… Note to self: Do not watch while eating.

    Also, those eel-looking creatures also look like the dream demons from Freddy’s Dead.

  • yags0302

    October 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Hey I don’t know what everybody thinks, but do you think there will be a new AVGN Halloween episode or not. Jw please let me no wat u think.

  • RandyPan

    October 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Next year’s theme should be foreign horror movies, from Italian movies like Suspiria and The Beyond(not to confused with this movie) to Asian movies like Audition and Oldboy.

  • October 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I literally just finished watching this movie, just because this review totally piqued my interest. Definitely silly in some parts, very bloody, very awesome.

  • October 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    That Monster kinda mind me of movies like THE FLY and THE THING this movie Remakes have the some special effects as this movie I think

  • Harken_X

    October 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    DAMN that’s some insane morphing effects there! Makes me think of William Birkin in Resident Evil 2, even if the game came 12 years after this film.

  • willyp

    October 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Is that the killer from Candyman?

  • dansims

    October 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I saw that one just after Re-Animator, which is a classic, so i was a little bit disapointed…But its one of the rare movies that are inspired by Lovecraft, so…I hope one day Del Toro will finaly shoot is adaptation of At the mountains of madness, which i give a harm to see the scenario…I re-read the novel recently and i dont see how you can make a movie of it…

  • AxBunny

    October 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I commented on the Re-Animator review the other day and recommended this. I can’t help but wonder if this is just coincidence or what. I watched From Beyond the other day while eating a pizza. My dvd has a scene that was supposedly cut originally where it shows Dr. Pretorius on a tv whipping a woman. There’s one part of the movie where the blond lady finds a leather outfit in a closet. Once she puts it on I almost forget about the monsters!

  • hammerhorrortexas

    October 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    @Harken_X, your dead on. That disgusting morphing effects reminded me of William Birkin in Resident Evil 2 as well. Maybe the game developers were inspired by this movie, ha ha ha.

    Nice review james/Mike

  • LordJason1986

    October 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    awesome. purely awesome. from the effects it looks like if Frankenstein meets The Thing. I can sort of see where the final monster from the recent 2011 The Thing came from. although I personally call The Thing 2011 a remake and a psudo-prequel for not connecting with the original too well and this movie did far better than the 2011 Thing. hell even the original 1982 Thing is far superior. this is a perfect example of why more and more people rather prefer practicle effects over digital effects anyday , and I’m one of them. I will definatley look into seeing this film on dvd. awesome job as always James. and I hope to see more Monster Madness before Halloween.

  • Firethorn43

    October 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I always notice when movies have timers that actually don’t go off in real-time. They typically go off in 60 seconds but they can take 3-4 minutes of the running time. I guess it would be pretty tough to cram all of the clips of what is happening into 60 seconds.

    They could have tried to just make the timer the same amount of time the scene takes, but that specific amount would seem too random.

  • October 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Probably my favorite of the Lovecraft adaptations, probably because Lovecraft’s work is only the prologue in this movie. Otherwise, an amazing movie… visceral and terrifying.

  • October 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Funny, I was debating between watching this or Dolls, but I watched Dolls instead.

  • Firx

    October 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Yeah, wonderful special effects and Mr. “It’s soooo delicious!” make this film. So many “pretty good” movies, even the self-consciously B ones, would step over into awesome territory if only the director or producer would only hire a plot consistency monitor instead of a coffee gopher.

    I’ve always been a Lovecraft fan and a classic spook tale fan in general, so I wanna share this: Lovecraft was probably inspired a little by Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 short story “Green Tea,” in which a clergyman is haunted by a crazy demon monkey. The demon monkey was there all along, but it couldn’t screw with the guy until he broke down the barriers of perception by studying the occult in conjunction with the consumption of a certain beverage. This same demon monkey is also the inspiration for Chris’ tormentor in Family Guy.

  • Iron65

    October 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    What fucked up and disgusting movie!!! but this one looks pretty good!! Also i wish I had that machine, I mean control hormones, fuck yeah I’m rich!

  • DarkSouske

    October 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    That is some of the most fucked up shit I’ve ever seen…I am intrigued.

  • fmdof

    October 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    thanks for doing this one. It’s a great movie, and my girlfriends personal fav. Anytime stuart gordon directs and HP lovecraft story, with Jeffery Combs and Barbra Crampton, its pure gold. Like Reanimator and Castle Freak.

  • thecorduroysuit

    October 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    This movie terrified me as a kid. And I mean terrified. I had nightmares for years after seeing it. I had never up to that point in my life seen anything so visually repulsive. I was only used to seeing “horror” movies like Silver Bullet and Cat’s Eye. I guess I had never truly been scared by a film before, so i do owe the film that, which is something I feel I’ve lost over the years. I have such vivid memories of Combs’ character eating out of the bucket of brains exclaiming “it’s delicious.” And the scene where the Pretorius monster tears the girl’s shirt off revealing her breasts has been lodged in my brain…possibly for another reason 😉 Great review James.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 25, 2012 at 4:44 am

    It’s kind of like The Thing but more pink and slimey. Nasty. By the way, the Praetorius monster sounds like Frank Welker. I wonder if he played it.

  • angryrider

    October 25, 2012 at 6:18 am

    At least you didn’t spoil the ending where the chick who got head in the Reanimator did something quite bizarre.

    I saw this movie early in the morning on or something and it was just effing weird.

  • LeyLey

    October 27, 2012 at 5:58 am

    I like to eat while I watch Monster Madness. I can’t start the show without a snack!
    Too bad that I’ve never seen this movie while growing up, looks very nostalgia worthy.

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  • Dark Pythagoras

    October 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    As soon as I saw Combs say “Bit off his head like a gingerbread man”, I immediately stopped the review and hunted this film down. It’s Great, its got everything an 80’s horror flick has to offer. Thank You James for showing me something else I hadn’t see before.

  • ATLANTA-BOY-1985

    October 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm


  • Xircuits

    December 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    This movie disgusted me soo much as a kid. But I loved it just like I loved The Fly and The Fly II. This may be too much, but could you do a review on The Leviathan and Night of the Creeps?? The doctor monster sort of reminds me of a mish mash of the Leviathan creature + Slither creature…but the wormy things in Slither remind me of Night of the Creeps! Went off into the deep end right?

  • dartrixs

    April 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Is it just me or does James do a perfect 80’s narration voice

  • Rick

    April 13, 2013 at 10:55 am

    By accident I rented this movie when I was like four because it was behind a Godzilla movie I was trying to rent and it SCARED THE FUCK OUT OF ME!

  • gutterboy

    May 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Brian Yuzna producing, Stuart Gordon Directing, a great team. If you like this you might also want to check out Re-Animator, Beyond Re-Animator, Dagon (my favorite), and Society (Yuzna directed this one).

  • Miles Siegfield

    March 3, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Was this a ‘joke’ or did someone change the video?

    • T S

      March 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      I’ve noticed some odd shit. In a previous monster madness, some jackass set the Inframan video to private so now people have to watch the ripped version on a random YT account.

      Cinemassacre you’re drunk, go home.

  • March 20, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Where’s the review? Who is this fuckshithead in the bathroom?

  • Rick

    March 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Um…the video must’ve gotten misplaced when they changed the video players again ’cause…that ain’t From Beyond…

  • Bob Saget

    April 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Where is the review?

  • March 27, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Jeffery Combs is one of my fav actors
    and always imagined Him and Bruce Campbell in a movie together would be like the Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee movies.

  • Gary Williams

    June 13, 2015 at 5:56 am

    The creature in this movie really reminds me of G-Birkin from Resident Evil 2.

  • Brandt Hackwith

    September 22, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Yo James, Mike, Bootsy,and any1 else at cinemassacre. I would sincerely love to become a protege to you guys. Everything you guys do is great, even the fuck ups. I’m 28 and live in Illinois, but have employment, albeit part time. I would sincerely save money if you guys even gave me an inkling I could be an apprentice filmmaker/writer/producer/editor. Totally woould Love to take over as much of monster massacre as possible if you’d let me. Anyways, my email is [email protected] send me something. no1 else will….

  • Jacob Boeve

    September 29, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Awesome movie and Barbara Crampton is never a bad sight

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