Revisiting the Classics: FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE
Back in the 60s and 70s, Amicus Pictures was a rival to Hammer Studios, producing similar fare. Amicus had enjoyed some success with a series of anthology films. DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS came out in 1965, TORTURE GARDEN in 1967, THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD in 1970, ASYLUM and TALES FROM THE CRYPT in 1972 (no, the movie didn’t inspire the TV series, rather both were inspired by the Horror comics of the 1950s) and THE VAULT OF HORROR in 1973. FROM BEYONG THE GRAVE opened in 1974 and would be the last of these anthology films. It stars Peter Cushing as the sinister, spectral proprietor of an antiques shop filled with cursed items.
Of the four stories, my favorite is “The Door,” which could easily have been a storyline from DARK SHADOWS. Then there is “The Elemental” featuring a hilarious performance by actress Margaret Leighton as a psychic problem-solver assisting a possessed man. “An Act of Kindness” features a neat little twist at the end. My least favorite of the four is the first, but this isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy it. “The Gatecrasher” involves Cushing selling a cursed, vampiric mirror to David Warner (who played Jack the Ripper in TIME AFTER TIME). Warner ends up playing Seymour Krelborn to the mirror’s Audrey II (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS references, if you missed it).
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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