From Beyond (1986)

R | 88 mins | Horror | 24 October 1986

Director:

Stuart Gordon

Writer:

Dennis Paoli

Producer:

Brian Yuzna

Cinematographer:

Mac Ahlberg

Editor:

Lee Percy

Production Designer:

Giovanni Natalucci

Production Company:

Taryn Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY


       An 8 Aug 1985 DV article stated that the $3 million-production would start Nov 1985 on three stages at the Dino De Laurentiis Studios in Rome, Italy. However, a 17 Jan 1986 DV production chart announced that principal photography would begin 27 Jan 1986 in Rome. According to a 12 Feb 1986 Var news item, the picture had a $4.5 million budget and was scheduled for an eight-week shoot.
       A Dec 1986 Theatre Crafts article reported that director Stuart Gordon hired “four separate special effects companies”: Tony Doublin’s Doublin Effects, Mechanical Makeup Imageries (MMI), More Than Skin Deep (MTSD), and Mark Shostrom’s Shostrom Makeup Effects. Doublin and special effects coordinator Michael Muscal supervised efforts between all four companies before shooting began.
       Special effects and creature fabrication were divided as follows: Doublin Effects handled wind, smoke, explosions and fire through a combination of physical effects and opticals; John Buechler of MMI was responsible for “Dr. Pretorius’s” transformation into an insect; John Naulin of MTSD was in charge of makeup effects for four out of the five stars, as well as constructing a lamprey eel, while Shostrom Makeup Effects handled Dr. Pretorius’s various makeup effects and the “Pretorius monster,” a combination eel-necked, human-headed creature. Most of the movie’s action was accomplished through “mechanically operated monsters” with the exception of a few rotoscope and optical composite effects provided by Linda Obalil of Motion Opticals, Inc.
       Buechler commented that the success of the creatures was achieved through the use of full-scale models mixed with cable-controlled miniatures. For one cost-cutting measure, Naulin shot a twenty-four-foot lamprey eel as a ... More Less


       An 8 Aug 1985 DV article stated that the $3 million-production would start Nov 1985 on three stages at the Dino De Laurentiis Studios in Rome, Italy. However, a 17 Jan 1986 DV production chart announced that principal photography would begin 27 Jan 1986 in Rome. According to a 12 Feb 1986 Var news item, the picture had a $4.5 million budget and was scheduled for an eight-week shoot.
       A Dec 1986 Theatre Crafts article reported that director Stuart Gordon hired “four separate special effects companies”: Tony Doublin’s Doublin Effects, Mechanical Makeup Imageries (MMI), More Than Skin Deep (MTSD), and Mark Shostrom’s Shostrom Makeup Effects. Doublin and special effects coordinator Michael Muscal supervised efforts between all four companies before shooting began.
       Special effects and creature fabrication were divided as follows: Doublin Effects handled wind, smoke, explosions and fire through a combination of physical effects and opticals; John Buechler of MMI was responsible for “Dr. Pretorius’s” transformation into an insect; John Naulin of MTSD was in charge of makeup effects for four out of the five stars, as well as constructing a lamprey eel, while Shostrom Makeup Effects handled Dr. Pretorius’s various makeup effects and the “Pretorius monster,” a combination eel-necked, human-headed creature. Most of the movie’s action was accomplished through “mechanically operated monsters” with the exception of a few rotoscope and optical composite effects provided by Linda Obalil of Motion Opticals, Inc.
       Buechler commented that the success of the creatures was achieved through the use of full-scale models mixed with cable-controlled miniatures. For one cost-cutting measure, Naulin shot a twenty-four-foot lamprey eel as a tubular costume with a man hidden inside. Also, Doublin created a custom harness to hoist “a stuntman eleven feet in the air” and shake him to and fro, simulating a wriggling eel. In another sequence, director of photography Mac Ahlberg filmed a swarm of insects using fans and a lawn blower operated by crewmembers, and “thousands of painted polystyrene beads” blown across a set.

      Although actor Ken Foree is listed as “Bubba Brownlee” in end credits, in the picture his character is referred to as “Buford Bubba Brown.”

              End credits state: “Filmed at Empire Studios, Rome, Italy.” The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “Special Thanks to: Jerry Fortier, Roger Whitehead, Bob Greenberg, Lenny Kleinfeld, Ina Jaffe, Dr. Ronald Berman, The Pleasure Chest Ltd. of W. Hollywood, CA.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Jan 1987
p. 66.
Daily Variety
8 Aug 1985
p. 1, 12.
Daily Variety
17 Jan 1986.
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Fangoria
Jan 1986
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Oct 1986
p. 3, 22.
Los Angeles Times
24 Oct 1986
p. 13.
New York Times
24 Oct 1986
Section C, p. 18.
Theatre Crafts
Dec 1986
p. 63-66.
Variety
12 Feb 1986.
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Variety
29 Oct 1986
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Empire Pictures Presents
A Brian Yuzna Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Exec prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Line prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Adpt from H.P. Lovecraft's "From Beyond" by
Adpt from H.P. Lovecraft's "From Beyond" by
Adpt from H.P. Lovecraft's "From Beyond" by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam op
2d asst cam op
Still photog
Video tape op
ART DIRECTORS
Conceptual art work
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Asst ed/Italy
Asst ed/Italy
SET DECORATORS
Set dec/USA
Asst props/USA
Set dresser
Asst set dresser
Prop master
Asst propman
Asst propman
Set const asst
Set const asst
Set const asst
Painter
Painter
Painter
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward coord
Ward master
Ward asst
Seamstress
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus ed
Addl electronic orch by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Supv sd ed
ADR ed
Foley ed
Asst sd ed
Resonator sd eff by
Addl sd eff by
ADR mixer
ADR mixer
ADR mixer
Foley rec at
Foley mixer
Foley artist
Sd re-rec at
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff coord
Physical and photographic eff created by
Supv, Doublin Effects
Prod eff asst, Doublin Effects
Post prod eff asst, Doublin Effects
Spec eff creatures & transformations by
Des/Supv, MMI, Inc.
Modeler, MMI, Inc.
Modeler, MMI, Inc.
Animatronics, MMI, Inc.
Fabrication crew, MMI, Inc.
Fabrication crew, MMI, Inc.
Fabrication crew, MMI, Inc.
Fabrication crew, MMI, Inc.
Fabrication crew, MMI, Inc.
Loc supv, MMI, Inc.
Loc supv, MMI, Inc.
Creatures by
Coord, M.T.S.D.
Asst to Mr. Naulin, M.T.S.D.
Opt water tank creatures by, M.T.S.D.
Opt water tank creatures by, M.T.S.D.
Pretorious creature & body prosthetics by
Des/Supv, Mark Shostrom Studio
Animatronics, Mark Shostrom Studio
Eff tech, Mark Shostrom Studio
Eff tech, Mark Shostrom Studio
Eff tech, Mark Shostrom Studio
Eff tech, Mark Shostrom Studio
Eff tech, Mark Shostrom Studio
Eff tech, Mark Shostrom Studio
Resonator des and created by
Resonator asst
Resonator asst
Resonator asst
Resonator asst
Resonator asst
Resonator tech adv
Spec eff tech/Italy
Spec eff tech/Italy
Spec eff tech/Italy
Spec eff asst/Italy
Roto & opt eff by
Opt compositing
Opt asst
Anim cam
Roto artist
Roto artist
Addl spec eff photog
Main title seq des
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Asst makeup artist
Asst makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairdresser
Spec eff makeup
Makeup asst, M.T.S.D.
Makeup asst, M.T.S.D.
Addl eff makeup/Italy
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting dir
Exec in charge of prod
Prod organizer
Supv prod coord
Prod coord/USA
Pre-prod
Prod coord/Italy
Asst prod coord/ Italy
Asst to Charles Band
Casting asst
Prod asst/USA
Prod asst/Italy
Prod asst/Italy
Prod liaison for spec eff
Work permits liaison
Hospital tech adv
Pineal research adv
Exec controller
Prod accountant
Accountant
Asst accountant
Grip & lighting equip
Post prod facilities provided by
Exec in charge of post prod
Post prod coord
Post prod asst
Projectionist/USA
Projectionist/USA
Projectionist/USA
Projectionist/Italy
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Laboratory
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "From Beyond" by H. P. Lovecraft in The Fantasy Fan (Jun 1934).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
H. P. Lovecraft's From Beyond
Release Date:
24 October 1986
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 24 October 1986
Production Date:
began 27 January 1986
Physical Properties:
Sound
Ultra Stereo™
Color
Duration(in mins):
88
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28239
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At night, Crawford Tillinghast, an assistant to Dr. Edward Pretorious, conducts an experiment at the Pretorious Foundation attic laboratory, using a new program on their “resonator” machine. When the equipment conjures a lamprey eel from a fourth dimension, Crawford turns off the machine but not before the creature leaves a cut on his face. Crawford tells Dr. Pretorious that the new program worked. They return to the lab, where Pretorious turns the machine’s power on high. As the doctor becomes immersed in the resonator’s vibrations, a neighbor lady hears the lab’s windows break and calls police. The lady’s dog, Bonnie, runs away, and she chases after it as the animal heads toward Pretorious’s lab. As she grabs Bonnie on the stair landing, Crawford bursts through a wooden attic door, and he runs past her. Police arrest Crawford outside the front gate. When the lady realizes her dog is still in the house, she finds it sitting next to the dead body of Dr. Pretorious. Later, district attorney Jordan Fields and psychiatrist Dr. Katherine McMichaels meet Dr. Bloch at a hospital. Fields would like Dr. McMichaels to evaluate whether Crawford is sane enough to stand trial for the murder of Edward Pretorious. As Dr. McMichaels interviews Crawford, he explains that Pretorious’s experiments involved stimulating the pineal gland with resonant vibrations to uncover its sensory powers. Crawford claims that their experiments proved Descartes’s theory that the gland is “the third eye,” and has the ability to see creatures that exist all around but cannot be seen by the naked eye. Crawford shut off the resonator after Pretorious lost his head. As Crawford becomes agitated, Dr. McMichaels asks Dr. Bloch to ... +


At night, Crawford Tillinghast, an assistant to Dr. Edward Pretorious, conducts an experiment at the Pretorious Foundation attic laboratory, using a new program on their “resonator” machine. When the equipment conjures a lamprey eel from a fourth dimension, Crawford turns off the machine but not before the creature leaves a cut on his face. Crawford tells Dr. Pretorious that the new program worked. They return to the lab, where Pretorious turns the machine’s power on high. As the doctor becomes immersed in the resonator’s vibrations, a neighbor lady hears the lab’s windows break and calls police. The lady’s dog, Bonnie, runs away, and she chases after it as the animal heads toward Pretorious’s lab. As she grabs Bonnie on the stair landing, Crawford bursts through a wooden attic door, and he runs past her. Police arrest Crawford outside the front gate. When the lady realizes her dog is still in the house, she finds it sitting next to the dead body of Dr. Pretorious. Later, district attorney Jordan Fields and psychiatrist Dr. Katherine McMichaels meet Dr. Bloch at a hospital. Fields would like Dr. McMichaels to evaluate whether Crawford is sane enough to stand trial for the murder of Edward Pretorious. As Dr. McMichaels interviews Crawford, he explains that Pretorious’s experiments involved stimulating the pineal gland with resonant vibrations to uncover its sensory powers. Crawford claims that their experiments proved Descartes’s theory that the gland is “the third eye,” and has the ability to see creatures that exist all around but cannot be seen by the naked eye. Crawford shut off the resonator after Pretorious lost his head. As Crawford becomes agitated, Dr. McMichaels asks Dr. Bloch to do a CAT scan. During the procedure, Dr. McMichaels sees evidence that Crawford’s pineal gland is enlarged. She would like to recreate the scientists’ experiment with Crawford’s help, while Dr. Bloch insists that he is a paranoid schizophrenic and should be treated accordingly. Jordan Fields gives Dr. McMichaels permission to test her theory. Crawford is released into her custody, and reluctantly agrees to help. Outside the hospital, Sgt. Buford “Bubba” Brown is assigned to the doctor and patient as they return to the laboratory. At the Pretorious Foundation, Crawford disappears when the electricity is out. In the basement, Dr. McMichaels and Bubba restore the power. Upstairs in a room filled with gym equipment, Bubba finds a sadomasochistic videotape of Dr. Pretorious and a topless leather-clad lady. In the attic laboratory, when Dr. McMichaels turns on the resonator, Crawford lunges toward her with an ax. Bubba restrains Crawford, but Dr. McMichaels insists Crawford remain free. After a few hours, Crawford gets the resonator in working order. He claims the last experiment damaged the magnetic field and erased the program. The system has to be manually operated with a basic on-off switch. Crawford warns them to remain still while the machine is in operation or else creatures may attack. The group observes sea-like creatures swimming through the air. When Bubba reaches out to touch one with tentacles, it bites his arm. Laboratory windows break as a voice in the darkness calls Crawford’s name. When Bubba tells the voice to show itself, Dr. Pretorious appears, and explains that he is not dead, but he has passed to the other side. He asks Dr. McMichaels to come closer. Instead, Crawford approaches and Pretorious encourages him to touch his body to test if he is real. Crawford’s hand leaves indentations on the soft tissue of Pretorious’s shoulder. The doctor laughs and pulls the skin from his face, revealing reptilian features. Although his mind is intact, his head splits in two. Bubba shoots Pretorious, whose head falls away, leaving an exposed neck with a geyser of spurting liquid. A snakelike appendage emerges from the neck and lunges toward the group. Immediately, Crawford shuts off the resonator. Later, Dr. McMichaels corroborates that they have all seen the same creatures and Crawford is not delusional. She thinks additional studies could show that schizophrenics have enlarged pineal glands that allow them to see and feel creatures others cannot. When Bubba comments that he was aroused, Dr. McMichaels mentions that the pineal gland regulates the sex drive so perhaps the resonator increases sexual stimulation. When Dr. McMichaels wants to run a second trial to verify their observations, Crawford and Bubba argue against it. Dr. McMichaels explains that her schizophrenic father died after fifteen years in an institution, and thinks the resonator could cure schizophrenics. Bubba argues that turning the machine on again would be reckless. In the middle of the night, Dr. McMichaels awakens, visits the lab in her nightgown, and activates the resonator. Crawford appears and orders her to shut off the machine. She refuses, and kisses him. Pretorious appears more hideous than before and tells them not to stop. His hand grabs Dr. McMichaels by the throat, rips open the front of her nightgown and fondles her breast with slimy elongated fingers. Crawford and Bubba run to the flooded basement to turn off the circuit breakers. There, a serpent-like creature confronts them. When Dr. McMichaels demands to know what Pretorious is going to do with her, his head splits apart to reveal a slimy, fanged orifice intent on kissing her. Bubba attacks the serpent with a kitchen knife but the creature grabs Crawford’s head before he can disconnect the electricity. Bubba is horrified, but is able to pull an electrical cable out of the wall. Without a power source, all supernatural activity ceases. In the attic, an anguished Dr. McMichaels turns off the resonator, and dismantles its electrical cables. Later as she applies medicine to Crawford’s wounds, she apologizes for her arrogance. When she wants to conduct another trial alone with the resonator, Bubba accuses her of being irresponsible. In Dr. Pretorious’s personal gym, she discovers a closet full of bondage outfits, and dresses like a dominatrix. She mounts Crawford lying unconscious on a sofa, but Bubba prevents her from seducing the scientist. Soon, mysterious forces activate the building’s electrical supply and the resonator starts generating vibrations. Bubba runs to the lab, trying unsuccessfully to stop the machine. When Crawford and Dr. McMichaels come to his aid, they are attacked by a swarm of insects. Soon, the insects attack and kill Bubba. Dr. Pretorious appears as another horrific creature that captures Dr. McMichaels with a slimy, serpent-like arm. He intends to mingle their minds to achieve the greatest sensual pleasure. Crawford screams as a tentacle grows out of his forehead, enabling him to see the fourth dimension. Pretorious takes credit for awakening Crawford’s pineal gland. As Dr. Pretorious drags Dr. McMichaels toward him, she grabs a fire extinguisher, and sprays the resonator, shutting it down. The doctor disappears. Soon, she takes Crawford to the hospital for observation. There, district attorney Jordan Fields blames her for Bubba’s death and thinks her story makes little sense, and has her locked in the psychiatric ward under Dr. Bloch’s care, where Bloch orders she undergo electroshock therapy. Later, Dr. Bloch discovers Crawford in the pathology lab eating bloody body parts. As she escorts him out of the lab, he attacks her, sucking bodily fluids out of her eye socket. When staff orders the electrotherapy technician to stop treatment, Dr. McMichaels knocks him unconscious and escapes. She steals a van, while Crawford kills two paramedics and escapes in an ambulance. Dr. McMichaels returns to the Pretorious laboratory and plants dynamite in the resonator. As she leaves, Crawford drags her into Pretorious’s gym/bondage room, and shackles her in wrist cuffs. Although she begs him to free her before the bomb goes off, he attempts to suck the fluid out of her eye. She, in turn, bites off his protruding pineal gland before he can harm her. As the resonator spontaneously powers on, Dr. Pretorious grabs Dr. McMichaels by the throat and attempts another mind mingle. When Crawford accuses Dr. Pretorious of being impotent, he chases Crawford downstairs, and consumes him headfirst. In the gym, flying eels nip at Dr. McMichaels’s restraints and free her. When she tries to escape, Dr. Pretorious waits at the bottom of the stairs. As she runs to the laboratory, the doctor again waits. However, Crawford’s torso emerges from the doctor’s body and warns her to run. Crawford battles Dr. Pretorious as he is absorbed into the creature’s flesh. Dr. McMichaels jumps out the window just as the bomb explodes. Neighbors congregate while the doctor writhes on the ground. Barely able to speak, Dr. McMichaels tells a neighbor that the monster ate Crawford and then laughs hysterically.
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