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Celebrating overlooked and under-appreciated genre films, B-movies and TV (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery-thrillers, and the occasional western) from the 1930s through the 1980s.
AI Horror Stories: Past And Present
2023-11-07 23:45
Back in the mid-20th century, some naive prognosticators painted a rosy picture of AI-guided robots that would eventually do all of humanity’s drudge work, freeing us to smell the flow… Read More
Happy Hammerween!
2023-10-31 14:28
Films From Beyond's house has been transformed into the House of Hammer for Halloween. To paraphrase an old saying, "When all you have is a Hammer, everything looks like a horror movie."… Read More
Science Has Its Risks: Island Of Terror
2023-09-22 03:33
Now Playing: Island of Terror (1966) Pros: Effectively builds tension through to a nail-biting climax; Clever, unexpected ending; Stars Peter Cushing (enough said) Cons: Set-up of a complet… Read More
Peering Into The Dark
2023-08-21 23:18
Now Playing: The Dark (1993) Pros: Great, engaging cast; Impressive production values for a low-budget movie, especially its night time cinematography, sound design and original music Cons:… Read More
That ‘70s Sci-fi TV Movie #5: The People
2023-07-29 21:07
Now Playing: The People (1972) Pros: Gentle, cerebral sci-fi that subverts TV movie expectations Cons: Some character interactions and motivations seem implausible and forced This is the… Read More
Russian Rued Bet: The Queen Of Spades
2023-07-13 17:17
Now Playing: The Queen of Spades (1949) Pros: Great, atmospheric sets, costumes, cinematography and direction; Edith Evans is perfect as the dour, fussy old Countess Cons: The second act la… Read More
2024 Lies In Wait Beyond The Time Barrier
2023-04-28 07:10
Now Playing: Beyond the Time Barrier (1960) Pros: Creative location shooting and use of repurposed state fair exhibit halls; A fairly unique explanation for its dystopian settingCons: Gets… Read More
Popeye The Spaceman: Killers From Space
2023-02-24 18:07
Now Playing: Killers from Space (1954) Pros: Features a mildly intriguing Cold War spy plot with an overlay of alien invaders Cons: The film is talky and slow-paced; the alien make-up is la… Read More
The Android As A Blank Slate: Prototype
2022-12-09 17:00
Now Playing: Prototype (TV movie, 1983) Pros: Intelligent, poignant script; Great, nuanced performances, especially by leads Christopher Plummer and David MorseCons: Certain plot elements… Read More
Film Noir's Most Wanted: Raymond Burr
2022-11-14 04:28
Years before Raymond Burr became a good guy defending the innocent as Perry Mason and fighting crime as Ironside, he gave new meaning to the word heavy in a string of crime pictures and film… Read More
Postcards From Ulysses
2022-09-23 17:09
Now Playing: Ulysses (1954) Pros: Kirk Douglas’ energetic performance; Beautiful cinematography, costumes and production designCons: Stiff acting by most of the cast; Unnecessary chan… Read More
Catching Up With The Horror Of Frankenstein
2022-03-18 16:00
Now Playing: The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) Pros: A couple of the supporting characters are lively; the black humor works well for the most partCons: Slow and talky for much of the runni… Read More
Monsters Crash The Valentine's Day Party
2022-02-14 16:00
Once upon a time, the relentless marketing campaign we call Valentine’s Day was not content to just colonize the adult world, but insinuated its way deep into the nation’s school… Read More
Happy Amazing, Colossal New Year!
2022-01-01 16:55
- "I thought the new year always started out as a baby!"- "These days, ya gotta go big or go home!"Here’s wishing you an amazing and colossal New Year, and stay tuned to this blog for… Read More
Less Is Moore: The Man Who Wouldn't Die
2021-12-16 19:04
Now Playing: The Man Who Wouldn't Die (TV movie; 1995) Pros: Roger Moore and Nancy Allen are good as unlikely partners trying to stop a madman; Provides enough satisfying twists an… Read More
Hammer's Journey To The Unknown
2021-10-23 00:07
This post is part of The Third Annual Hammer-Amicus Blogathon, co-hosted by Barry at his Cinematic Catharsis blog and Gill at RealWeegieMidget Reviews. Don't forget to check their sites for… Read More
Rousting The Marsh Fellows: Night Creatures
2021-09-24 04:36
Now Playing: Night Creatures (aka Captain Clegg, 1962) Pros: Solid cast; Typically fine Hammer production values; Michael Ripper almost steals the show as a gleeful undertaker.Cons: The mars… Read More
Don't Tempt Fate: I Bury The Living
2021-09-06 15:00
Now Playing: I Bury the Living (1958) Pros: Brilliantly builds mood and tension; Top notch performances; Great visual design and music score.Cons: The pat, conventional ending spoils the moo… Read More
Amazing Animal People #7: The Bat People
2021-04-24 20:11
On their honeymoon somewhere in the American southwest, Dr. John Beck (Stewart Moss) and his wife Cathy (Marianne McAndrew) decide to take a tour of some caverns before hitting the ski slop… Read More
Amazing Animal People #6: The Vulture
2021-04-13 16:33
On a dark and stormy night in a remote village in Cornwall, a woman decides to take a shortcut home through a church cemetery. To her horror, something claws its way out of a nearby grave an… Read More
The Outer Limits Of Spying: O.B.I.T.
2021-03-19 15:27
Now Playing: "O.B.I.T." (Episode of The Outer Limits; first aired November 4, 1963) Pros: Great script that explores sophisticated themes; Its message still resonates almost 60 yea… Read More
Amazing Animal People #4: Cat Girl
2021-03-13 22:44
Beautiful Leonora (Barbara Shelley), recently married to a dissolute playboy with a wandering eye, is summoned by her weird old uncle (Ernest Milton) to return to the ancestral home to disc… Read More
Amazing Animal People #3: The Mole People
2021-03-02 18:06
The mutant humanoid underground dwellers known as The Mole People are slaves to a lost civilization of Sumerian albinos living in caverns beneath a remote mountain in Asia. They do the heav… Read More
Frozen Too: The Snow Woman
2021-01-26 04:43
Now Playing: The Snow Woman (Kaidan yukijorô,1968) Pros: Beautiful, haunting cinematography and production design; Enhancements to the original folk tale add to the drama and… Read More
An Incident On New Year's Eve
2020-12-31 17:53
"Alright 2020, put 2021 down nice and easy and show me your hands! You're done here, finished, kaput!"Here's wishing you a happy and healthy New Year! Read More
The Hidden Horrors Of War
2020-11-12 23:30
Now Playing: Seven Thunders (aka The Beasts of Marseilles, 1957) Pros: Deftly mixes suspense, romance, personal tragedy and comic relief; Dr. Martout is particularly fascinating as a cool… Read More
Happy Halloween 2020!
2020-10-31 18:43
It's nice to celebrate with old friends...Sideshow Collectibles figures representing all of Universal's Frankenstein monsters (portrayed by Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr., &… Read More
2020-10-27 20:08
In the mid-19th century, cadavers for medical research and teaching are hard to come by. Dr. Wolfe "Toddy" MacFarlane (Henry Daniell; no relation to Todd MacFarlane), is a respected surgeon… Read More
Heinous Henchmen Of Classic Horror #6
2020-10-21 23:38
Struggling avantgarde sculptor Marcel De Lange (Martin Kosleck) is so poor, he can't even afford food for his cat. However, he is cheered by the prospect of selling a major sculpture to a we… Read More
Heinous Henchmen Of Classic Horror #5
2020-10-17 17:30
When Wolf Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone), son of the original monster-maker, moves himself and his family back to his father's old stomping grounds, he finds that he has inherited more than a… Read More
Heinous Henchmen Of Classic Horror #4
2020-10-13 20:08
Our next henchman, Jake (Wilfred Walter), is an insurance adjuster of sorts. Jake works for Dr. Feodor Orloff (Bela Lugosi), who is a psychopath and a Human Monster. Orloff, a disgraced phys… Read More
Heinous Henchmen Of Classic Horror #3
2020-10-10 18:08
Even aristocratic members of the bloodsucking undead need a little help once in awhile. Sandor (Irving Pichel) is the loyal, ubiquitous servant of the Countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden;… Read More
Heinous Henchmen Of Classic Horror #2
2020-10-06 20:25
This second installment of the series features Morgan (Boris Karloff), a butler employed by the highly eccentric Femm family. The Femms live in an Old Dark House in a remote corner of Wales… Read More
The Best Laid Plans Of Not-So-Nice Madmen
2020-09-14 20:48
We’re all waiting with bated breath as the world’s finest medical and scientific minds tirelessly work to come up with a vaccine for the coronavirus. When it happens, it will ran… Read More
Roger Corman's Price-less Poe Picture
2020-08-23 20:08
Now Playing: The Premature Burial (1962) Pros: As usual for a Corman Poe adaptation, the cinematography and production design make for a sumptuous and expensive-looking B-movie.Cons: Adds a… Read More
The Sunshine Blogger Award
2020-08-11 18:47
Many thanks to Paul Batters at the Silver Screen Classics blog for recognizing Films From Beyond with a Sunshine Blogger nomination. The award is a great, communal way to raise awareness of… Read More
The Drive-in Rises From The Dead
2020-07-24 18:26
Before the pandemic, the Great American Drive-in was on life-support, with only a little over 300 drive-ins left in the U.S. (down from a high of over 4000 in the late 1950s). Now that socia… Read More
Hanging Out With Boris
2020-07-13 20:25
The condemned man stands before the court of popular opinion, his head held high, his dignity still intact. A hush falls over the assembled witnesses as the sentence is pronounced:“Wil… Read More

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