A plot twist is a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 58 horror and horror-adjacent movies with big plot twists sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
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 1980s 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.