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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

SCREAM FACTORY APPRECIATION MONTH: From Beyond (1986)



This will be our final entry within the formal SCREAM FACTORY APPRECIATION MONTH post series. I can assure you that we'll be following Scream Factory through their releases this year, reviewing them and updating you guys when we get word about a new release or some poster art or even special feature updates. It's been a truly amazing experience to look at the entirety of the Scream Factory catalog thus far and enjoy the product that horror fans can put out for horror fans. Let's talk about some motherfuckin' From Beyond.

I'm a Lovecraft kid. My dad got me into his short stories as a kid going at Wildwood, NJ. He through me a couple short compendiums of Lovecraft's work, gave me a few recommendations and then I read every single one of them. I still read them at the shore. It seems to the most appropriate place (unless you're reading At the Mountains of Madness.. then the best place is drunk in your backyard in the middle of winter with piss running down your leg screaming). The Stuart Gordon/Brian Yuzna created Lovecraft "adaptations" are two movies that are near and dear to my heart, From Beyond and Re-Animator. They aren't necessarily faithful adaptations of HP Lovecraft's work, but they certainly are fun variations filled with boobs and guts and blood and shit flying fucking everywhere. In many ways these two movies are the anti-Lovecraft, showing you waaaay too much of the monster and keeping NOTHING to the imagination (except perhaps the taste of Barbara Crampton).



From Beyond looks gorgeous as released by Scream Factory. Having watched the DVD fairly recently I can tell you that we are talking about a vast improvement and one of the best looking transfers I've ever seen. Form clarity to stunning contrast, this movie has never looked better. I might go as far as to say that this is the reason why you own a Blu-ray player, but truly that's reserved from movies like Terminator 2 and Jaws right?
















I thoroughly enjoyed the interview with the cast and crew discussing the making of the film and the new interview with  Barbara Crampton is enjoyable. My heart still goes pitter patter with star crush lust for her. I'm a man not a piece of goddamn iron. The menus are typical Scream Factory great and pretty much you'll be hard pressed to find a flaw in the whole package. You have the choice of beautiful, new Jeff Zornow artwork or the classic art on the flip side of the cover depending on your preference.


You can pick it up at DiabolkDVD HERE (supporting the little guy is important). Also make sure to "like" Scream Factory over on FaceBook and follow their releases. You can also stop by their website HERE to peruse more titles and get acquainted with their product line and upcoming releases of which there are many. Save your pennies. Start a swear jar. Start a masturbation jar.

I've had a great time watching these movies and a whole lotta fun talking about what makes a Scream Factory release great. It pains me to think that they might put out a movie or package that doesn't live up to fan expectations some day. They certainly haven't yet and given the itinerary... we probably should just sign over our paychecks now.

-Dr. TERROR

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