From Beyond the Grave (1974)
Director: Kevin Connor
Main Stars: Peter Cushing, Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael, Donald Pleasence
Storyline: Four short stories that are all related to items from an antique shop.
Review: Came across this little film when on a hunt for some Hammer Production films that I have not seen or own. I had no idea that it was four short stories similar to the Creepshow idea (probably stolen from this idea) which to me is a downfall. I’m not a big fan of these types of films, so yes we are starting negative. The four stories come with the titles “The Gate Crasher”, “An Act of Kindness”, “The Elemental” and “The Door”.
“The Gate Crasher” is the best one of the whole bunch which is not saying much. This involves a haunted mirror and man who has to kill to feed the ghost that is trapped within it.
“An Act of Kindness” is a strange story which involves an ex military man’s medal and a man gets caught in lie around being a war vet. This is the second best story of the movie.
“The Elemental” is the dumbest of them all it is about a snuff box with an invisible elemental that haunts a man’s shoulder.
“The Door” is another one that was boring, where a man buys an ancient evil looking door that opens to another plane.
Rating: I had high hopes for this film after the first two stories and then it just fell very flat. It’s too bad as I’m a Hammer Film fan but this one was just lame and boring towards the end.