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29th Mar '13 8:59:46 AM Morgenthaler
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A 1920 short story by [[Creator/HPLovecraft the guy who wrote]] ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft Herbert West]] -- [[Creator/HPLovecraft Reanimator]]''. Also a 1986 film by [[ProductionPosse the people who made]] ''{{Re-Animator}}''.

The story is about seven pages long and tells of a high-strung scientist named Crawford Tillinghast who has invented a machine that -- partly by stimulating the [[PinealWeirdness pineal gland]] -- allows its users to see the [[CosmicHorrorStory vast and terrible]] layers of reality that coexist with the world perceived by the five senses.[[hottip:*:The imagery here draws from many sources, but the most seemingly evident one must be ruled out. DXM was not developed until the '50s.]] He [[MindRape forces]] the unnamed narrator to undergo this [[GoMadFromTheRevelation soul-destroying experience]], as [[DisproportionateRetribution revenge]] for previously dismissing Crawford's theories.

The film takes that setup [[AdaptationExpansion and runs with it]]. JeffreyCombs plays Tillinghast, who is a more innocent character than in the story. As the film opens, he activates the "resonator" (basically four large tuning forks connected to a giant computer), which glows hot pink and allows him to see eel-like creatures floating in the air. One of the creatures attacks him; he shuts the resonator off and runs to tell his mentor/collaborator, the kinky Dr. Pretorius (Ted Sorel).

Pretorius cranks the machine up to 11 and revels briefly in all the new sensations it gives him. [[FromBadToWorse Then something eats his head.]]

Tillinghast is charged with Pretorius' murder and confined to a mental institution. But "girl wonder" psychiatrist Dr. [=McMichaels=] (Barbara Crampton), sees a pattern in Tillinghast's ravings and suspects he may be telling the truth. She has him released into her custody and the two of them, accompanied by a policeman (Ken Foree), return to the house where the whole mess went down.

Repeated experiments with the resonator bring Pretorius BackFromTheDead with a fresh new attitude and a few extra appendages, make [=McMichaels=] the recipient of the most revolting screen "kiss" ever (and later induce her to don some fetishwear that happens to be lying around), and leave Tillinghast bald, traumatized, and covered in goo.

When the resonator is switched on (extradimensionally, by Pretorius) for the last time, Tillinghast's pineal gland pushes through his skull and pops out of his forehead on a stalk. Transported to a hospital, he goes on a brain-eating rampage which eventually takes him back to the house, where he tries to de-brain [=McMichaels=] as she attempts to blow up the machine. She counters by [[spoiler:biting off his gland]] in a scene nearly as gross and fully as symbolic as her kiss from Pretorius.

Finally, Pretorius and Tillinghast battle one another to the gooey, gory death. [=McMichaels=] succeeds in destroying the laboratory, but when she tries to tell her story she is confined in the very institution at which she used to work. So it goes.

Can be read [[http://dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/frombeyond.htm here]].
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!!The story and film provide examples of:
* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding
* BlackDudeDiesFirst - With a nickname like "Bubba", this was inevitable.
* BondageIsBad
* CameBackWrong - Pretorius, oh so much.
* CosmicHorrorStory
* FanService ''and'' FanDisservice - In the film. Barbara Crampton in a [[OfCorsetsSexy leather corset]]? Want. Barbara Crampton in a strategically torn nightgown, getting her head sucked by an extradimensional pervert? [[MemeticMutation Do Not Want.]]
* HumanoidAbomination - It's pretty clear when we see him after his first "death" that the only things still remotely human about Pretorius are his sexual deviancy and his face.
* IdiotBall - After the trio survive the first encounter with Pretorius and shut off the resonator, Katherine proclaims that they must try the experiment again. Naturally Crawford and Bubba are horrified by the idea.
* LivingMotionDetector
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant - Initially at least, Katherine is intrigued by the resonator's effects and wants to continue experimenting with it, despite witnessing Pretorious [[BodyHorror make his own face explode]] on purpose.
* OnlySaneMan - Naturaly, nobody believes Crawford Tillinghast's story of strange creatures existing out of phase with us that can be seen when our pineal glands are stimulated. He is taken for a schizoprenic and rightly so. Inverted later when Dr. Katherine McMichaels who believes Crawfords story and wants to continue his experiments against his and the accompanying police officer's protests.
* PinealWeirdness
* ProductionPosse - ''Nineteen'' of ''{{Re-Animator}}'''s cast and crew returned for ''FromBeyond'', and several of them worked together on later [[LovecraftOnFilm Lovecraftian projects]].
* TitleDrop: In the film - "He's trying to start the resonator... from beyond!"
* WeirdnessCensor - We're surrounded, every second of every day, by bizarre entities doing bizarre things. Our senses are simply not made to perceive them.
** Normally, theirs aren't either. It's better that way.
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[[caption-width:308:My God, it's full of gars!]]

A 1920 short story by [[Creator/HPLovecraft the guy who wrote]] ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft Herbert West]] -- [[Creator/HPLovecraft Reanimator]]''. Also a 1986 film by [[ProductionPosse the people who made]] ''{{Re-Animator}}''.

The story is about seven pages long and tells of a high-strung scientist named Crawford Tillinghast who has invented a machine that -- partly by stimulating the [[PinealWeirdness pineal gland]] -- allows its users to see the [[CosmicHorrorStory vast and terrible]] layers of reality that coexist with the world perceived by the five senses.[[hottip:*:The imagery here draws from many sources, but the most seemingly evident one must be ruled out. DXM was not developed until the '50s.]] He [[MindRape forces]] the unnamed narrator to undergo this [[GoMadFromTheRevelation soul-destroying experience]], as [[DisproportionateRetribution revenge]] for previously dismissing Crawford's theories.

The film takes that setup [[AdaptationExpansion and runs with it]]. JeffreyCombs plays Tillinghast, who is a more innocent character than in the story. As the film opens, he activates the "resonator" (basically four large tuning forks connected to a giant computer), which glows hot pink and allows him to see eel-like creatures floating in the air. One of the creatures attacks him; he shuts the resonator off and runs to tell his mentor/collaborator, the kinky Dr. Pretorius (Ted Sorel).

Pretorius cranks the machine up to 11 and revels briefly in all the new sensations it gives him. [[FromBadToWorse Then something eats his head.]]

Tillinghast is charged with Pretorius' murder and confined to a mental institution. But "girl wonder" psychiatrist Dr. [=McMichaels=] (Barbara Crampton), sees a pattern in Tillinghast's ravings and suspects he may be telling the truth. She has him released into her custody and the two of them, accompanied by a policeman (Ken Foree), return to the house where the whole mess went down.

Repeated experiments with the resonator bring Pretorius BackFromTheDead with a fresh new attitude and a few extra appendages, make [=McMichaels=] the recipient of the most revolting screen "kiss" ever (and later induce her to don some fetishwear that happens to be lying around), and leave Tillinghast bald, traumatized, and covered in goo.

When the resonator is switched on (extradimensionally, by Pretorius) for the last time, Tillinghast's pineal gland pushes through his skull and pops out of his forehead on a stalk. Transported to a hospital, he goes on a brain-eating rampage which eventually takes him back to the house, where he tries to de-brain [=McMichaels=] as she attempts to blow up the machine. She counters by [[spoiler:biting off his gland]] in a scene nearly as gross and fully as symbolic as her kiss from Pretorius.

Finally, Pretorius and Tillinghast battle one another to the gooey, gory death. [=McMichaels=] succeeds in destroying the laboratory, but when she tries to tell her story she is confined in the very institution at which she used to work. So it goes.

Can be read [[http://dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/frombeyond.htm here]].
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!!The story and film provide examples of:
* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding
* BlackDudeDiesFirst - With a nickname like "Bubba", this was inevitable.
* BondageIsBad
* CameBackWrong - Pretorius, oh so much.
* CosmicHorrorStory
* FanService ''and'' FanDisservice - In the film. Barbara Crampton in a [[OfCorsetsSexy leather corset]]? Want. Barbara Crampton in a strategically torn nightgown, getting her head sucked by an extradimensional pervert? [[MemeticMutation Do Not Want.]]
* HumanoidAbomination - It's pretty clear when we see him after his first "death" that the only things still remotely human about Pretorius are his sexual deviancy and his face.
* IdiotBall - After the trio survive the first encounter with Pretorius and shut off the resonator, Katherine proclaims that they must try the experiment again. Naturally Crawford and Bubba are horrified by the idea.
* LivingMotionDetector
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant - Initially at least, Katherine is intrigued by the resonator's effects and wants to continue experimenting with it, despite witnessing Pretorious [[BodyHorror make his own face explode]] on purpose.
* OnlySaneMan - Naturaly, nobody believes Crawford Tillinghast's story of strange creatures existing out of phase with us that can be seen when our pineal glands are stimulated. He is taken for a schizoprenic and rightly so. Inverted later when Dr. Katherine McMichaels who believes Crawfords story and wants to continue his experiments against his and the accompanying police officer's protests.
* PinealWeirdness
* ProductionPosse - ''Nineteen'' of ''{{Re-Animator}}'''s cast and crew returned for ''FromBeyond'', and several of them worked together on later [[LovecraftOnFilm Lovecraftian projects]].
* TitleDrop: In the film - "He's trying to start the resonator... from beyond!"
* WeirdnessCensor - We're surrounded, every second of every day, by bizarre entities doing bizarre things. Our senses are simply not made to perceive them.
** Normally, theirs aren't either. It's better that way.
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25th Dec '12 6:58:52 PM FegelCineplex
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* BondageIsBad



* ExecutiveMeddling: Unlike "Re-Animator", which was released unrated, "From Beyond" was sent before the MPAA and heavily cut to achieve the R-Rating the studio demanded from the director. For years the missing cut gore footage were believed lost forever, but were ultimately found and restored for the film's DVD release.
2nd Dec '12 2:33:22 PM SeptimusHeap
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Pretorius cranks the machine up to 11 and revels briefly in all the new sensations it gives him. [[ItGotWorse Then something eats his head.]]

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Pretorius cranks the machine up to 11 and revels briefly in all the new sensations it gives him. [[ItGotWorse [[FromBadToWorse Then something eats his head.]]
2nd Dec '12 2:18:53 PM SeptimusHeap
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* IdiotBall - After the trio survive the first encounter with Pretorius and shut off the resonator, Katherine proclaims that they must try the experiment again. Naturally Crawford and Bubba are horrified by the idea. [[ItGotWorse It doesn't end well]].

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* IdiotBall - After the trio survive the first encounter with Pretorius and shut off the resonator, Katherine proclaims that they must try the experiment again. Naturally Crawford and Bubba are horrified by the idea. [[ItGotWorse It doesn't end well]].
29th Nov '12 12:07:18 PM Nothingtoseehere
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The story and film provide examples of:

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The !!The story and film provide examples of:of:
* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding



* CosmicHorrorStory.

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* CosmicHorrorStory.CosmicHorrorStory



29th Aug '12 8:14:46 PM Cider
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The story is about seven pages long and tells of a high-strung scientist named Crawford Tillinghast who has invented a machine that -- partly by stimulating the [[PinealWeirdness pineal gland]] -- allows its users to see the [[CosmicHorror vast and terrible]] layers of reality that coexist with the world perceived by the five senses.[[hottip:*:The imagery here draws from many sources, but the most seemingly evident one must be ruled out. DXM was not developed until the '50s.]] He [[MindRape forces]] the unnamed narrator to undergo this [[GoMadFromTheRevelation soul-destroying experience]], as [[DisproportionateRetribution revenge]] for previously dismissing Crawford's theories.

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The story is about seven pages long and tells of a high-strung scientist named Crawford Tillinghast who has invented a machine that -- partly by stimulating the [[PinealWeirdness pineal gland]] -- allows its users to see the [[CosmicHorror [[CosmicHorrorStory vast and terrible]] layers of reality that coexist with the world perceived by the five senses.[[hottip:*:The imagery here draws from many sources, but the most seemingly evident one must be ruled out. DXM was not developed until the '50s.]] He [[MindRape forces]] the unnamed narrator to undergo this [[GoMadFromTheRevelation soul-destroying experience]], as [[DisproportionateRetribution revenge]] for previously dismissing Crawford's theories.



* CosmicHorror - In the original story.

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* CosmicHorror - In the original story.CosmicHorrorStory.
2nd Aug '12 8:22:27 PM Doryna
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* HighOctaneNightmareFuel: This is based off Lovecraft after all.
2nd Aug '12 4:29:27 AM FELH2
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A 1920 short story by [[HPLovecraft the guy who wrote]] ''[[HPLovecraft Herbert West]] -- [[HPLovecraft Reanimator]]''. Also a 1986 film by [[ProductionPosse the people who made]] ''{{Re-Animator}}''.

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A 1920 short story by [[HPLovecraft [[Creator/HPLovecraft the guy who wrote]] ''[[HPLovecraft ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft Herbert West]] -- [[HPLovecraft [[Creator/HPLovecraft Reanimator]]''. Also a 1986 film by [[ProductionPosse the people who made]] ''{{Re-Animator}}''.



Repeated experiments with the resonator bring Pretorius {{back from the dead}} with a fresh new attitude and a few extra appendages, make [=McMichaels=] the recipient of the most revolting screen "kiss" ever (and later induce her to don some fetishwear that happens to be lying around), and leave Tillinghast bald, traumatized, and covered in goo.

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Repeated experiments with the resonator bring Pretorius {{back from the dead}} BackFromTheDead with a fresh new attitude and a few extra appendages, make [=McMichaels=] the recipient of the most revolting screen "kiss" ever (and later induce her to don some fetishwear that happens to be lying around), and leave Tillinghast bald, traumatized, and covered in goo.



* ExecutiveMeddling: Unlike "Re-Animator", which was released unrated, "From Beyond" was sent before the MPAA and heavily cut to achieve the R-Rating the studio demanded from the director. For years the missing cut gore footage were believed lost forever, but were ultimately found and restored for the film's DVD release.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: Unlike "Re-Animator", which was released unrated, "From Beyond" was sent before the MPAA and heavily cut to achieve the R-Rating the studio demanded from the director. For years the missing cut gore footage were believed lost forever, but were ultimately found and restored for the film's DVD release.



* {{High Octane Nightmare Fuel}}: This is based off Lovecraft after all.

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* {{High Octane Nightmare Fuel}}: HighOctaneNightmareFuel: This is based off Lovecraft after all.



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3rd Apr '12 5:03:36 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Can be read [[http://dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/frombeyond.htm here]].



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14th Mar '12 11:42:36 PM NapoleonBlownapart
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* CloudCuckoolander - After seeing the resonator in action and watching a transformed Dr. Pretorius rip his own face off then make it explode before her eyes, Katherine wants to continue the resonator experiments in the hope that they will discover a cure for schizophrenia.



* Idiotball - After the trio survive the first encounter with Pretorius and shut off the resonator, Katherine proclaims that they must try the experiment again. Naturally Crawford and Bubba are horrified by the idea. [[ItGotWorse It doesn't end well]].

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* Idiotball IdiotBall - After the trio survive the first encounter with Pretorius and shut off the resonator, Katherine proclaims that they must try the experiment again. Naturally Crawford and Bubba are horrified by the idea. [[ItGotWorse It doesn't end well]].
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