Detective Davis Tillinghast is a modern day Sherlock Holmes, using his keen intellect and powers of deduction to solve the cases no one else can … until now. A series of bizarre and seemingly impossible mutilations have him stumped, the only tenuous clue leading back to the laboratory of his estanged brother Crawford, a crazed genius obsessed with inter-dimensional physics. Crawford has invented an instrument that hyper-stimulates the pineal gland of the brain, making visible the many thousands of parallel universes that occupy our space/time continuum. But unbeknownst to him this machine is also empowering creatures from other realities, giving them the ability to “drift” – travel between dimensions. Davis discovers that a “drifter” has been causing the random mutilations and sets out to destroy his brother’s machine. In the process, Davis is exposed to a vast amount of the machine’s energy, turning him too into a drifter.
Banshee Chapter, written and directed by Blair Erickson, is a new take on the H.P. Lovecraft story “From Beyond”. And while the story has been told in numerous ways over time, this latest entry is actually quite entertaining.
Anne is a journalist whose friend James has gone missing after taking the experimental drug dimethyltryptamine-19 – which has been part of government studies under Project MKUltra. MKUltra is an actual human research operation that ran from the early 1950s until 1973. It studied ways to manipulate the mental state of human beings and alter brain functionality. Of course, DMT-19 expands the mind to a point in which other worldly beings can then enter. Yes, the drug turns the human brain into a receiver of sorts, which is connected to a radio transmission that is being picked up on – most strongly in the desert. The transmission is a non-human voice reading a series of letters and numbers that make no sense – until the climax of the film. READ MORE
Director Stuart Gordon has always been one of my favourite genre filmmakers. Overall his body of work contains a versatility and wild imagination I’ve always gravitated towards. Re-Animator still remains as the highlight of his career. Gordon’s follow-up, From Beyond arrived a year later. It’s as good of a sophomore film as one could ever hope for. Like Re-Animator, it’s a H.P. Lovecraft adaptation. From Beyond manages to be even more demented.
It’s about another obsessive scientist Dr. Pretorius (the wonderfully unhinged Ted Sorel), his assistant Crawford Tillinghast (the always engaging Jeffrey Combs) and “The Resonator”, a machine designed to stimulate the brain’s pineal gland which in turn opens ups powers of the mind. Like all mad scientists in movies, they go too far and unleash creatures from a parallel universe, as well as turning Pretorius into a deformed, hideous monster. When it comes to Lovecraft, no one handles his material better than Stuart Gordon. As grotesque as the film increasingly gets, it never once becomes mean-spirited. There’s a sense of fun, free-spirited inventiveness going on here that makes From Beyond such a compelling watch…time and time again. Gordon has a firm, confident hand on the film’s tone in the same manner he featured in Re-Animator. The horror and humour are juggled together so effortlessly. Very few genre pictures succeed in getting both to intertwine so cohesively. READ MORE
This spring 2013, Scream Factory further invites horror enthusiasts and movie collectors to feast their eyes on more gory goodness and spark their senses when Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm II Collector’s Edition unleashes on Blu-ray and DVD on March 5, 2013; and H.P. Lovecraft’s From Beyond Collector’s Edition – Unrated Director’s Cut Blu-ray + DVD combo pack hits home entertainment shelves everywhere on March 26, 2013.
Both movies debut for the first time on Blu-ray. Each collector’s edition feature anamorphic widescreen presentation, exciting bonus content, newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with theatrical key art and more!
And now we’ve got the list of special features for From Beyond! Head inside to check ‘em out! READ MORE
From the team that brought you the gloriously perverse Re-Animator comes the equally surreal horror classic From Beyond, which makes its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray thanks to Second Sight Films.
Based on another H.P. Lovecraft adaptation this deranged gorefest is directed by Stuart Gordon (Stuck) and produced by horror supremo Brian Yuzna (Society). It comes to Blu-ray in stunning limited edition packaging, along with a DVD release on February 25, 2013, only in the UK.
In the classic, “An obsessive scientist Dr. Pretorius (Ted Sorel) and his assistant (Jeffrey Combs) have invented ‘The Resonator’, a device designed to stimulate the brain’s pineal gland and expand the powers of the mind. The machine gives them more than they bargained for however when a parallel universe inhabited by slimy creatures ready to prey on humans reveals itself. Pretorious meets a sticky end, returns as a grotesque, deformed being and all manner of depravity ensues.” READ MORE
Scientists create a resonator to stimulate the pineal gland (sixth sense), and open up a door to a parallel (and hostile) universe.