This book contains 50 reviews of horror movies shot in black and white. The reviews are sorted from the last position to the first one. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, emotions evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.
Beyond your imagination!
This is one of the movies most representative of Lovecraft’s work out there. It is based on one of his short stories by the same name. Here, we have an indescribable monster with unintelligible motivations that a complex machine can summon. From Beyond is, at the image of its original author, incomprehensible, but it doesn’t make it bad. It makes it hard to market.
Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton and Ken Foree play in a H.P. Lovecraft adaptation by Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna. If those are just random names to you, know that you can expect nothing short of amazing from these artists. From Beyond is scary, kinky, it’s confusing, at times, the make-up is amazing, it’s cheesy and it’s a perfect fusion between Lovecraft’s world and 1980’s horror.
From Beyond’s main imperfection is that it can hardly be synopsized. It has a vague story that’s hard to sell. Though this is by no means a weakness, the plot is hard to follow. It doesn’t make logic sense and it doesn’t need to. What it lacks in storytelling it compensates for with depth, style and special effects. This film would make Lovecraft proud if he was still alive.