From Beyond the Grave

1974

Fantasy / Horror

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IMDb Rating 6.7

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Reviewed by seantheslug 10

A superb slice of vintage British horror from Amicus productions, which although headed by two Americans Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky, Amicus was based in England at Shepperton Studios. I personally am a huge admirer of the work of Milton Subotsky, I think he gave a great deal to the British film industry and gave us the 'portmanteau' style of horror film which meant that the stories would be around half an hour long, it was impossible to tire of such a short subject! Milton himself claimed that the classic 'Dead of Night' was the inspiration behind these multi segment horror films and I think he took it to another level. I think that 'From Beyond' is the finest one they made, with atmospheric stories and great acting from the entire cast and of course the wonderful Peter Cushing as the mysterious proprietor of 'Temptations Ltd'. Peter was the actor most used by the studio, he being very reasonable by way of his fees, whereas Subotsky claimed the great Christopher Lee became too expensive!

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Reviewed by The_Void 8

Amicus are famous for the anthology films, and that&#39;s hardly surprising since they made so many. The majority of the anthologies they made are entertaining, and I don&#39;t think I&#39;ve ever really seen a bad one; Asylum, The Vault of Horror and The House That Dripped Blood usually, and rightly, are the highest regarded among the films that Amicus made. From Beyond the Grave is one of the lesser known anthology films; but don&#39;t let that faze you, because this collection of four short horror tales is good fun, and while I cant say this is the best Amicus omnibus, it&#39;s definitely up there! These films usually feature some sort of creepy wraparound story, and the one here focuses on an old antique store. Not very original, but the store is staffed by Peter Cushing (complete with dodgy accent!) so I could forgive the lack of originality. Cushing antique shop owner doesn&#39;t like it when people try and rip him off, but plenty of his customers do; and they all come a cropper when they discover the terrible secret of the item they&#39;ve just bought (or robbed) from his store! <br/><br/>These films don&#39;t usually put the best story first, and this one doesn&#39;t either. The first tale, titled &quot;The Gate Crasher&quot; stars David Warner and has a sort of Hellraiser feel about it, as he buys an old mirror from the antique store and it turns out to be inhabited by a ghost like thing that entices Warner into bringing it fresh blood. It&#39;s not a bad story, though I feel that more could have been made of it. Story number two is the best and focuses on a man who steals a war medal from the antique store to impress a former army man and ends up getting more than he bargained for. This tale is very strange and stars Donald Pleasance in one of his weirder roles. It&#39;s imaginative and inventive, and therefore interesting as it&#39;s impossible to tell where it&#39;s going. Story number three, &quot;The Elemental&quot; is a fun little story, though there isn&#39;t really a great deal of point to it. The fourth and final tale would appear to be the centrepiece and focuses on an old wooden door that gives way to an expansive blue room. This is a decent little story and we get to watch Lesley-Anne Down wielding an axe, which makes it worthwhile. Overall, From Beyond the Grave is everything an anthology should be: it&#39;s fun and interesting in the right places. There&#39;s plenty of plot holes, but also no need to pay them any mind. From Beyond the Grave comes highly recommended to horror fans!

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Reviewed by utgard14 7

Amicus horror anthology film (the last of seven) starring Peter Cushing as the owner of an antique shop who sells items to different rotten people. Each of the film&#39;s stories are tied to these people. The first story features David Warner and is about a mirror which houses a creepy man (or spirit or whatever) who forces Warner to do bad things. The second story is about a man who is seduced by the daughter of a street peddler. Good lineup in this one: Donald Pleasence, Ian Bannen, Diana Dors. But it&#39;s just not that interesting despite its oddness. The third story features Ian Carmichael as a man who turns to a crazy old lady (Margaret Leighton) to get rid of an Elemental spirit tormenting him. Leighton is the whole show here. Lots of fun to watch. My favorite story in the film. The final story is about a writer (Ian Ogilvy) who buys a door through which he can step into a room inhabited by a weirdo from the past. This segment also features Lesley-Anne Down. The linking pieces with Cushing have another little story involving a shady man hanging around the shop. Overall, it&#39;s an entertaining movie. All the stories are enjoyable to varying degrees, although the second story is clearly the weakest. It&#39;s still watchable though. Cushing is pure class as always. Not the best of the Amicus anthologies but good.

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