1986 / d. Stuart Gordon
If you like REANIMATOR, odds are you’ll also love FROM BEYOND. Released just one year later, FROM BEYOND recaptures much of the same horror zaniness, and also reunites Barbara Crampton and Jeffrey Combs, this time adding Ken Foree into the mix. Once again drawing from an old H.P. Lovecraft story, it tells the tale of an obsessed scientist who opens a gateway into another realm, and the horrors which subsequently ensue. The characters are each touched by Lovecraft’s recurring themes of madness and insanity, which often seems the only appropriate response after witnessing the horrors that they are subjected to. It’s fun, it’s campy, and it’s gross. Not to mention it has a little something for both the guys and gals out there: a mustached Ken Foree wearing only a set of bright red skivvies, and a leather-clad Barbara Crampton both grace the screen. Saucy!