Posted on October 3rd, 2008 in A Horror A Day, Brick Prior, Movies by Brick Prior

Question for you:

Why do birds suddenly appear every time that you’re near?  One would say that (just like me), they want to be close to you, but, in all honestly, I know the real deal.

THEY WANT TO KILL YOU.

Why do you think that every time you walk somewhere (and I know you walk places, you don’t drive everywhere, do you?  What do you have against walking anyway?) there are all those damn pigeons around?

THEY’RE GOING TO GO FOR YOUR EYES FIRST.

Yes, I know that they’re just rats with wings, but that’s a horrid way to go- getting pecked to death by rats with wings!  Think about it!  That’s worse than drowning in a river of spit!  That’s almost worse that getting mauled to death by spiders (don’t worry, we’ll cover that later in the month)!  Beware the birds… especially the pigeons!

Just remember- the next time you’re out and about, the birds want to kill you.

On with Day 3! 

TODAY’S FILM:  H.P. Lovecraft’s From Beyond

When ranking the films that Stuart Gordon, Jeffery Combs, and Barbara Crampton worked on together, no one gives a shit about Castle Freak- it always comes down to this particular movie and Re-Animator (which will be covered tomorrow).  In my opinion, Re-Animator actually turns out to be the "kinder" movie of the two, as this film as absolutely no humor at all.  Yeah, you laugh at the silly lady in the curlers and her dumb ass dog at the beginning, and you laugh at Ken Foree as he says the same shit you’d probably say in a situation like this, but as a whole, the movie isn’t played for laughs.  As far as Gordon’s Lovecraft adaptations that I’ve seen (these two movies and Dagon, which could not make the list this year… or so I want you to believe), this is pretty much the darkest one.  There’s no compromise here- it’s generally fucked up, and revels in the grue, discomfort, and just straight up sickness.  Raw eyeballs for dinner, anyone?  The optical nerves go down like linguini!  Mmm mmm, bitch!

If you dig horror films, it’s definitely one for your collection.

THE TRAILER


THE RECAP, BRICK PRIOR STYLE

Before I begin, a word from my sponsor:  sometimes, I "act things out".

Dr. Edward Pretorius and Crawford Tillinghast have been working a long time on the Resonator, a machine that would allow mankind to see things in the fifth dimension, opening up a whole new world to discover and explore.  Unfortunately, whenever you turn the Resonator on, squirmy little creepy slug things from said dimension can see and attack you.  Pretorious and Crawford find this out first hand once they fire that bad boy up, as an unknown monster chomps on Pretorius’ head.  Crawford bails, going crazy in the process, and is locked up in the local hospital for evaluation.  He’s pretty much a lost cause until Dr. Katherine McMichaels takes an interest in him and plans to go back to the house in order to figure out what the hell is going on.  Tillinghast is pretty much forced into the deal thanks to McMichaels’ insistence and the fact that she has an ex-football player turned cop named Bubba backing her up… and from there, things go from bad to worse. 

Needless to say, even after the rantings from Crawford Tillinghast: The Crazy Dude, they fire the Resonator up.  Folks get all sorts of horny due to the "stimulation of the pineal gland", and one of those damn flying squiggly slugs shows up to take a bite out of Bubba’s arm.  Oh, and Dr. Pretorius returns all sorts of naked and slimy and squishy, morphs into one of the monsters from Feast.  Before he can take a bite out of Bubba, Crawford does the smart thing by shutting the machine off, which causes Pretorious to disappear.

SPOOOOOOOOKY.

After this, they never turn on the Resonator again, and live happily ever after… SIKE!

Over breakfast, shortly after the incident with the dead drippy doctor from the fifth dimension,  our heroes discuss the pros and cons of staying in the house and trying to figure out the phenomenon behind the Resonator and its findings. 

Pro:  FIFTH DIMENSION FULL OF DAY-GLO FLYING SLUGS… PLUS BOTH THE MEN AND WOMEN GET HORNY, WHICH LEADS TO SEX.  EVERYONE LIKES SEX EVEN IF THERE ARE DAY-GLO FLYING SLUGS INVOLVED.

Con:  FIFTH DIMENSION FULL OF DAY-GLO FLYING SLUGS THAT WILL KILL YOU EVEN IF YOU’RE ALL HORNED UP AND WANTING TO SKEET SKEET SKEET SKEET SKEET ALL OVER THAT ASS, SON.

So, they sleep on it, but the Resonator suddenly turns on, bringing Katherine out of her slumber.  She heads upstairs, Tillinghast heads up as well, and because they’re all horny and stuff, they make out… but guess who breaks that tongue-wrasslin’ shindig up?!

Dr. Pretorius!

Tillinghast bails, leading Bubba to tackle him down a flight of steps, and Katherine almost becomes an extra in a American live action version of TENTACLE BEAST MAN FROM HELL.  What does that mean?  You figure it out, because we don’t condone that nonsense ‘round hnyah!

Bubba and Tillinghast figure out that they need to head to the basement, unfortunately a giant mutant shitslug is waiting for them.  Bubba runs off to grab a knife, but the damned thing chomps on Tillinghast’s head and torso for a bit until Bubba figures out that they cut the power.  Said power is cut, Tillinghast is all chomped on, scarred, and bald, and everyone’s emotionally fucked up for life.

Allow me to interject here, because I know what would have saved them from the get go.

Bubba should have been wearing pants when all this went down.

Let me explain.

If you take a look at page 86 in the "How To Survive Invasions From The Fifth Dimension When A Bunch Of Stupid People Turn On The Fucking Resonator Handbook", it reads:

"When there are creatures in the basement, fight them only if you are wearing pants."

WEAR PANTS WHEN FIGHTING EVIL CREATURES, EVERYONE. YOUR SLEEPING BRIEFS WON’T DO.

Back to action!

They lay Crawford up in the bondage room (forgot to mention: Pretorious liked to whip chicks and tape it), but Katherine’s still feeling all sorts of residual pineal gland effects and says to herself, "Hey, lemme put on this leather outfit so I can walk around with my ass hanging out and strut my stuff!" so she does exactly that, opting to violate Crawford in his sleep.  Bubba catches her in the act and gives her the "I seent this shit on tha streetz, youse a goddamn junkie" speech, and she gets all ashamed and whatnot because, hey- sometimes, it’s not nice to jack people off while they’re all bitten up and sleeping.  It fucks with the recovery process.  Two broken arms?  Yeah, I can dig it.  Bitten up by some shitslug, bald, and with a fucked up pineal gland?  Leave me the fuck alone, I want to grow some hair back and remember a time when I wasn’t bit by a shitslug.

So, it’s Afterschool Special time in the bondage room, but Pretorious says fuck that and crashes the party.  Everyone runs upstairs, the goopy Doc (not our Doc, he’s a mensch and would NEVER be all goopy and turn into TENTACLE BEAST MAN) summons a bunch of flies to attack Tillinghast and Katherine, when Bubba uses his brainpan (before it goes squish) and turns the flashlight on the flies to get them off of his buddies since they’re attracted to the light.   Unfortunately, because he is black and his name isn’t Roger and this isn’t Night of the Demons, the Resonator shocks the flashlight out of his hands, and it "magically" turns on Bubba" which means that Bubba gets eaten by flies, which is worse than getting eaten by pigeons.

The authorities get involved, and Katherine and Crawford get hauled back to the local hospital- Katherine’s a mess, so she’s up for shock therapy (this was the Eighties, remember that), and Crawford gets left by his lonesome.  His pineal gland takes this opportunity to bust out of his forehead, which leads to a fun scene of him eating specimen brains on the floor.  A nurse walks in on him, he momentarily comes to his senses before his pineal gland says "FOOD! ME WANT!" so he gets all shithouse crazy, sucks out the nurse’s eyeball, and then slurps on her brain through her empty eye socket.

Would you rather him suck her brain out her nose?

Don’t answer that.

Tillinghast escapes, chomps on a few more people before stealing an ambulance, and heads back to the house, while Katherine also escapes, gets her A-Team van (complete with a bomb in a back) and heads back to the house in order to blow it up.  She gets caught by Crawford, who is in full horndog pineal gland mode now, but she bites the pineal gland off (Jeffery Combs stated in the From Beyond DVD commentary that it looked like there was a dog dick coming out his forehead), and she heads upstairs to blow the Resonator and the whole joint up with the bomb.

But!

Dr. Pretorius is having none of that!

Crawford, pineal glandless and somewhat sane, saves the day, taunting the goopy Doc to come after him, which while buy Katherine some time so she can set the bomb.  Crawford lures the Doc downstairs, but he summons the shitslug thing and promptly bites our hero’s head off.

So, with that downer happening, our girl Kathy is fucked in more ways than one, right?

Wrong!

In the longest two minutes and thirty seconds a timer on a bomb ever announced before it exploded, Pretorious goes after Katherine but is stopped by an emerging Crawford, who is now a part of the fifth dimension.  They tussle, rassle, bite, scrape, evolve and de-evolve, buying Katherine enough time to jump out the window as the bomb explodes.  She breaks both her legs in the two story fall (her kneecaps are literally hanging off her legs in the final couple of shots), and is reduced to a gibbering mess, screaming "HE ATE HIS HEAD!" as we smash cut to black.

I don’t know about you, but I need a drink.

BRICK’S FINAL THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

So, yeah- I dig this film a lot.  It’s dark, when it comes down to it, and it has one of my favorite movie endings of all time (right up there with The Prestige, The Mist, and the original Night of the Living Dead).  I’m a sucker for practical effects as opposed to computer graphics, so being able to see classics like this remastered on DVD is always a treat.  If you’re a horror fan, From Beyond has it all, so if you’re planning on throwing a Halloween viewing party, I recommend putting it on the list.

Just keep the horny people away from your party.

They might get… ideas.

TOMORROW

H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator!

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I'm happy that you enjoy it!  Here is Day 3!
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This is awesome.  This is making me want to bust out some old zombie movies and take a mental health day.  Maybe next week!

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