From Beyond (1986)
Director: Stuart Gordon
Main Stars: Jeffery Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Bunny Summers
Storyline: A bunch of scientists built a Resonator that allows whoever near by it see beyond normal perceptible reality. Once it is open terrible life forms appear to attack mankind.
Review (Spoils): Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffery Combs) and Edward Pretorius (Ted Sorel) worked together on a Resonator and once it started to finally work all hell broke loose. Flying eels from another dimension started to attack and before you knew it Pretorius was killed but was, he? Crawford got taken away for being nuts and Dr. Katherine Mc Michaels (Barbara Crampton) decides to listen to him and have him re-done exactly what he did. This opens the dimension yet again and it also shows what has happened to Pretorius.
The plot for this film is very simple and it should be as the main part of the film for the audience is the crazy special effects. This film is loaded with them so much that I cannot even begin to start to list the scenes. When Stuart Gordon, Jeffery Combs and Barbara Crampton are together you do know that you do not have to doubt the film period. If you have no idea what I am talking about then you better redo your watching list of what is really horror. The characters yes is basic and not overly written in development, but you have Combs playing the strange yet lost scientist and Crampton with her style coming to the rescue or at least trying too. The film screams classic Stuart Gordon with tons of over top special effects and goo coming from all different things and directions.
This film gives lots of slime goo, heads splitting, lots of melting and stretching skin, flying eels, classic 80s electricity effects (you know what I mean), Barbara Crampton topless, weird head antenna that kill, Barbara Crampton in stockings (yummy), melted and torn apart bodies, not much blood but lots and lots of strange lamprey creatures and the many forms of Edward Pretorius. So much special effects I cannot get into the all details.
Rating: Wanna watch a classic special effects film that is over the top and fun? Then this is the one for you. Stuart Gordon held back nothing when it comes to both his main characters of Jeffery Combs and Barbara Crampton in this film. This gold when it comes to classic 80s horror films of weirdness and it was just wanted, I needed and love.
Would You Rather (2012)
Director: David Guy Levy
Main Stars: Brittany Snow, June Squibb, Jeffery Combs, Sasha Grey, Robb Wells, Enver Gjokaj
Storyline: A young woman is desperate for money to help her younger brother. She signs up for a game hosted by a sadistic rich man.
Review (Spoils): Young Iris (Brittany Snow) is hungry for money as she needs to look after her younger brother. She does a interview and passes and takes up the interest of getting dressed up and heading to a rich man’s estate to play “Would You Rather” for money. While is there and other guests join she starts to mingle with a few people and we learn that there is a room full of different individuals that all would like to be rich. As they al, sit at the table they are introduced to the sadistic Shepard Lambrick (Jeffery Combs) who starts the game. Who has the guts to last till the end?
First off, I love Jeffery Combs, so this was going to be good in my head from the get go. Brittany Snow is good looking, and I was interested in her character and than add Robb Wells from Trailer Park Boys and the classic legend herself Sasha Grey! How the hell is this going to be bad? Yes, the film does have a bit of Saw feel to it, but this was a gem that I could not stop watching.
The film was not long which worked very well and got right to the point. Combs rocked as the sadistic asshole that you just wanted to hate. Shepard Lambrick is someone I would love to see again in a sequel. We have tons of awkward gore and blood. People hurting each other for the greed of cash, such as drowning, electrocution, whipping, eye slicing, stabbing with ice picks and even a small bomb taped to hand. This film has it all !!!
Rating: This film is damn good, and I recommend everyone to check it out if you haven’t as it is little horror gem that I was not aware of. Just wish they didn’t type cast Sasha Grey and her death a little more graphic but anyways …. Check out this Film! The ending is worth it!
Beyond Re-Animator (2003)
Director: Brian Yuzna
Main Stars: Jeffery Combs, Tommy Dean Musset, Jason Barry, Elsa Pataky
Storyline: Hebert West is back from jail and now works as an assistant as he continues with his experiments of bringing the dead back to life.
Review (Spoils): Crazy Hebert West (Jeffery Combs) has been serving 15 years in prison for his crimes in the past films. While there he was continuing his mad experiments on rats bringing them back to life while a prison MD named Dr. Howard Philips (Jason Barry) asks him to become his new assistant. Howard falls in love with a young journalist named Laura (Elsa Pataky ) and while this is continuing as usually West’s experiments go out of control.
Bring on the gore yet again for this one in the series. The Re-Animator series has never lacked on the blood, gore and zombie stuff and like the others it has lots of humour and does not take itself serious. Jeffery Combs yet again impresses as his by far best character in his horror career and the special effects are actually real good for the budget they had. Brian Yuzna did a great job with this film and it reminds me a bit of Peter Jackson’s Dead/Alive which is a great thing.
Rating: When you have a rat-fighting-penis scene then you know you have accomplished something in horror. It is great to see Hebert West back on the screen as this is one of the best when it comes to horror series. Plus we have hottie Elsa Pataky!! So let’s drink to that crazy Hebert West!!!
Castle Freak (1995)
Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffery Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jonathan Fuller, Jessica Dollarhide
Storyline: A blind daughter visits a castle that they inherited. They soon learn they are not alone in the building.
Review: A couple (Jeffery Combs, Barbara Crampton) and their blind daughter (Jessica Dollarhide) inherited a castle and when they decide to visit it they are greeted with noises, smashed items and the daughter keeps claiming that she has a visitor at night. Through time staff gets murdered and it all leads to an abused child (Jonathan Fuller) that is left to die in the castle’s basement who is now a savage madman.
The movie flows in a slow pace which is a good thing here as it keeps the gothic and dreary feel. The acting is top notch for a film of this type and the gore is over the top. The freaks make-up and special effects are very well done and you can see the savage of the beast when he gets hold of the prosecute (nipple biting anyone?). The real question is the film is, is the Freak a victim himself?
Rating: Over the top gore, lots of sexual tension, pretty decent acting and Stuart Gordon what is there not to like about this film? Of course this not a classic but it is a pretty decent film for direct to video and is a must see for any horror fan.
Bride of the Re-animator (1989)
Director: Brian Yuzna
Main Stars: Jeffery Combs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, Kathleen Kinmont
Storyline: Dr. Herbert West is back and this time he wants to create the perfect woman from dead tissue.
Review (Spoils): Dr. Herbert West (Jeffery Combs) and Dr.Cain (Bruce Abbott) are working on creating life from dead tissue by using tissue from wounded soldiers. Lt. Leslie Chapham (Claude Earl Jones) figures out something is up when body parts start going missing. During which Dr.West gets rid of the snoopy Chapman and brings him back with the serum. This leads to Gloria’s death, they use her head and the heart of Meg (Kathleen Kinmont) and other parts of women to make the new type of woman that represents his past girlfriend.
This is a great sequel to awesome film. Lots of gore and blood and fun just like the first film. Once again Jeffery Combs does an awesome job as the mad doctor and even are even graced by the beautiful Fabiana Udenio. This film did remind me of the classic Frankenhooker but yet better.
Rating: Another Re-animator classic film for the series. Not as great as the first film but I love the way the horror and the comedy mend together to make a classic series. Drink up for the bride!
Director: Stuart Gordon
Main Stars: Jeffery Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
Storyline: A medical student and his girlfriend become involved in an experiment that involves bring the dead back to life.
Review (Spoils): Herbert West (Jeffery Combs) is a mad scientist who is working on a formula that can bring the dead back to life. Unfortunately he has not mastered the glowing formula. He rents a room from another student named Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) and drags him into his madness. In this they re-animate a dead cat, multiple dead people during a testing result, zombie mania, zombie bodies holding talking heads and even moving body parts. Oh and the dean’s daughter Barbara (Barbara Crampton) is involved as Dan is dating her in secret.
This movie is very entertaining and it is always fun to come back too. The gore is there, the comedy is there and the storyline is a zombie version of Frankenstein. Jeffery Combs is a great actor and becomes a memorable horror character of Herbert West and hats off to him for his skills in this film and thanks to Stuart Gordon for creating such a fun series.
Rating: If you’re a horror fan and you like a side of comedy with it…this is a must see. I place this film right up there with Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive. This is zombie fun at its best and this is beginning of the demented mind of Herbert West. Got to love the dead cat scene!!! Bring on the beers for this one and add some green glowing food colouring for more fun!