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From Beyond (1986)

From Beyond (1986)

Country: USA

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.

7/10 Beers!

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Dagon (2001)

Dagon (2001)

Director: Stuart Gordon

Main Stars: Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Merono

Storyline: A boat accident leads a young couple to a small fishing town in Spain. They discover the town is under the power of ancient sea god known as Dagon.

MV5BMTM3ODY5MjA0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTMwMzA0MQ@@__V1_SY317_CR51,0,214,317_Review (Spoils): Four friends take a long overdue vacation to Spain where they reach rough weather and get smashed into some rocks. They end up in a small town creepy town called Imbocca and the husband Paul (Ezra Godden) has visions of a beautiful black haired and green eyed mermaid.

During Paul and Barbara’s (Raquel Merono) stay for help they notice the people of the town are strange and the place is not all that clean.  Here we learn that the people of the town are not human but strange mongrel folk of the sea that worship a god known as Dagon. The visitors get captured and held prisoner for the dark god by the strange people of the town. In the confusion and the escape he encounters the mermaid woman who is really a priestess of Dagon they plan to sacrifice Barbara to the dark Cthulu god. Can he rescue her in time or is there even a bigger darker secret involved.

Being a huge Dungeons and Dragons fan I ate this film right up. The film was interesting and the acting was not so bad. Sure some of the effects were cheesy but overall it was not a bad film. You cannot go wrong when you have the cthulu involved.

Rating: If you like a dark story and enjoy fantasy with your horror this film is for you. If you’re a H.P. Lovecraft fan you have to see this as the movie is based around his book. So grab your own favourite watery brew and raise praise to Dagon!

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6/10 Beers!

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Castle Freak (1995)

Castle Freak (1995)

Country: USA

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.

MV5BMTUyMzQ3MjU5MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTI0NTYzNQ@@__V1_SY317_CR7,0,214,317_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.

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6/10 Beers!

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Re-Animator (1985)

Re-Animator (1985)

Country:  USA

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.

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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!

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8/10 Beers!

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