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From Beyond the Grave - A decent Hammer Horror.
From Beyond The Grave (DVD)
Member Name: TimListfield
From Beyond The Grave (DVD)
Advantages: A great cast, and five different short stories that are pretty horrific.
Disadvantages: There is always a slight hammer feel to it, as if it's cheap. But that doesn't make much difference.
This is a pretty unnerving film to be fair. I'm sure everyone has heard of the Hammer Horrors of the 50's, 60's and 70's. But it's worth noting that Hammer Studios were not the only British studio at that time who were making horrors. It's just that Hammer horror became the sweeping generalization for all horrors out at the time. This one was actually made by a company called Amicus. In keeping with several Amicus film ideas, this film has one central protagonist that sets up several storylines within the film. In this film, there are five stories, all set up by a man in an antiques store. It stars Horror King Peter Cushing, along with David Warner, Donald Pleasence, Ian Bannen and Ian Carmichael with some others.
The film starts in an antiques store run by a mysterious man with no name (Peter Cushing). He sells the antiques, and with each antique there is a nasty surprise, especially when the dealer is cheated out of his money.
The Gatecrasher - A man called Edward (David Warner) walks into the store and sees an antique mirror. He lies to the Proprietor and claims the mirror is a fake, offering just £25 instead of the asking price of £250. The Proprietor sells it to him. Edward takes the mirror home. But after he holds a seance, something starts to happen, and the mirror seems to come to life.
An Act of Kindness - Christopher Lowe (Ian Bannen) is a very frustrated middle aged man who is stick in a loveless marriage. In loneliness, he befriends an old soldier. Christopher claims to be a soldier, and visits the antique shop, stealing a medal. Soon, he goes to old soldier's house and meets his daughter. But it quickly becomes apparent that the old soldier and his daughter have their own plan for Christopher and his wife.
The Elemental - Reggie is a businessman who enters the antiques store looking for snuff boxes. He finds one that he likes, but isn't happy with the price. So he secretly changes the price and the Proprietor sells him it. On the train home, a medium tells him that there is a demon living on him, and he will need help. At first, he doesn't believe it, but after some bizarre incidents, he calls upon the medium to help.
The Door - A man comes into the shop and sees an old door. He buys it and has it installed in his study. But he becomes intrigued more and more by the door. One day he opens it and there is a blue room beyond. But what is the blue room?
The final climax is set in the shop, when a man comes in to try and rob the Proprietor. But he doesn't reckon the the Proprietor's shop.
This is actually a pretty decent horror. Though it's in the same style as Hammer and has its over the top moments and some dated special effects, there is enough horror and enough shock here to keep you glued to the screen in each of the segments and the final climax.
The acting is actually pretty good because of the cast. Peter Cushing puts in an outstanding performance as the mysterious Proprietor, and he has brilliant support from David Warner, Ian Bannen and Donald Pleasence.
Though it's not in the league of The Shining or a film like that, this is still a very good attempt and has some spooky moments.
Summary: This fill really does have some shocking moments . If you're a fan of hammer, you'll like this