Thursday, June 6, 2024

George 11- We Loved Our Daughter Very Much but She was Evil... Made the Horses Crazy


  Warning

This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”
 
This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.
 
Now it's time for one of those George Awards for Profanity in Film, on this their eleventh appearance, where I pick some random, older film that's been part of my life for a long time which I have watched again recently.

In this case it is Stuart Gordon, Dennis Paoli and Brian Yuzna teaming up again following Re-Animator for another foray into messed up Lovecraftian adaptations in the 1986 film, From Beyond. 

Having seen them both for the first time in a long while, I did notice this had a lot in common, but also less suspense based and more "nasty weirdness," with multiple George Award winner John Carpenter's atmospheric Prince of Darkness. Carpenter won the awards, not that particular film... not yet anyway. Eventually I'll likely have to use every movie I know.

I'd first seen this film on late night cable and got the VHS tape (released 1989) around the same time. Knowing their taste (as in "they have more than me") I wouldn't have shared it with my folks, or my current family for that matter. I remember watching it back then and thinking-
"Holy shit! That was fucked up!"

Thanks to a 4K release last year, I was able to revisit this wild and weird movie (alone again) thirty-four years later.

"Holy shit! That was fucked up!"

It does show how great supposed "B Movie" actors are. You get a Re-Animator role reversal. Now Barbara Crampton, instead of the victimized, mostly innocent, voice of reason, plays the obsessed, manipulative (eventually dangerously seductive thanks to Resonator influences) mad scientist. While the always amazing Jeffrey Combs goes from the towering intellect and ego of Doctor West to a terrified victim of those with stronger wills obsessons...
At least until he eventually has his pineal gland pop out of his forehead and sucks out people's eyes and eat their brains.
Hey, this is a Stuart Gordon Lovecraft film after all.

Ted Sorel as the horror movie referentially named Doctor Pretorius is terrifying well before his gross out, body horror transformation.

As far as George Awards, for all the bizarre shit that happens in this film, it's light on profanity.

However, Detective Bubba Brownlee (played by Ken Foree) as the only sane individual and the voice of reason this time around gets off a couple of good ones.

While watching one of Pretorius's "home videos" of his vile and abusive turn-ons, Bubba matter of factly states:
"This guy was into some weird shit."


Later, when he first witnesses the  extra dimensional eels flying all around them,(all the time, the Resonator just lets you see them...fun!) and gets bitten by one, he has one of the few normal reactions in the movie:
"HOLY SHIT!
Is this what you saw?!"

As the only one with a constant and logical, "Let's get the hell out of here" mentality in the whole insane undertaking, it is a shame he got most of his body, devoured by extra dimensional bees due to a poorly aimed flashlight.

But such is life (and death) for a character in a Lovecraftian horror flick.

Come back next week as my love for Comedy Horror continues a third time with an even older film...
and George Hamilton!

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