From Beyond (1986), an American science fiction/horror film based on a short story written by H.P. Lovecraft (written in 1920 and published in 1934). The basic premise is that two scientists, Dr. Edward Pretorius (played by Ted Sorel) and his assistant, fellow scientist Dr. Crawford Tillinghast (played by Jeffrey Combs) have developed a device called the Resonator, that when activated can stimulate the pineal gland in humans. Unfortunately, the Resonator lets people see creatures from another dimension (and the creatures now have the ability to see and attack people) and the Resonator, in stimulating the pineal gland, also turns people in grotesque, megalomaniacal monsters.
After the device is turned on and it appears that Dr. Pretorius was killed and Crawford (how he was referred to in the film) was the murderer, well, the police don’t really buy his story about other dimensional monsters having been responsible. Understandable. Committed to a psychiatric ward, the doctor treating him, Dr. Katherine McMichaels (played by Barbara Crampton) is for some reason convinced of Crawford’s innocence and somehow convinces the police to let her go back to the Resonator and prove Crawford’s innocence (which seems dubious, as if he is wrong, he is an insane murderer, if right, he created monsters, but nevertheless it is what happened). Accompanying Crawford and Katherine is Detective Bubba Brownlee (played by Ken Foree), with the three of them staying in the creepy mansion used for the experiments. Bad things happen.
Well, the movie gives you your money’s worth as far as practical effects go, as well as grotesque, misshapen, formerly human monsters and lots and lots of body horror. At times it was the like the second version of The Thing (creature-wise, at least when it wasn’t looking like someone else) if one added a lot of villain monologuing. Definitely an 80s film with some gratuitous female nudity a few times. The practical effects were mostly pretty good, sometimes excellent, though a few times not so much. I really liked Bubba’s character, as he gave a lot of everyman “are you kidding me?” grounded vibes the film needed, which is good because absolutely no one else in the movie kept it real (well there is another detective we see in a few scenes towards the beginning and at the end who kept it real, but he was hardly a major character, plus one of the doctors at the psychiatric ward pointed out that Dr. McMichaels had questionable methodology and ethics and this is a completely and totally accurate thing to say based on what happened in the movie, but again, not a major character). The movie is pretty gory and people definitely suffer in the film. Though kind of science fiction, sort of, it is firmly for me in the horror category. That and some things happen towards the climax that I wouldn’t have any other way to describe other than “magic.”