From Beyond the Grave

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"Terror to delight worshippers of the Macabre."
  • PG
  • 1975
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 6.6  (5,233)

From Beyond the Grave is a horror movie from 1974 which follows a group of people who buy antiques from an antique shop owned by an enigmatic owner. The stories of supernatural horror reveal themselves as the antiques have just as much of a role to play as the customers themselves. The film stars renowned British actors such as Peter Cushing, Ian Bannen, and Ian Carmichael, and is directed by Kevin Connor, who also directed other horror movies like Motel Hell and The House Where Evil Dwells.

The film consists of four distinct stories, all linked together by the antique shop theme. Each story follows a different customer and explores their relationship with a certain antique, and how it leads to a gruesome supernatural fate.

In the first story, “The Gate Crasher”, David Warner plays an ambitious businessman who buys a mirror from the antique shop. After returning from a business trip, he finds his reflection to be a demonic figure. As he tries to escape from the mirror's curse, he gets caught up in a series of horrific events.

In the second story, “An Act of Kindness”, Ian Bannen plays an impoverished man who steals a silver snuff box from the shop. However, the snuff box's past owners are revengeful and begin to torment the thief. The spirits seek revenge for what they feel was an act of unkindness.

In the third story, “The Elemental”, Margaret Leighton plays an occultist who buys a door knocker and summons an ancient elemental spirit. However, she quickly realizes that she has summoned more than she can handle. The spirit seeks to possess her and use her body to wreak havoc on the living world.

In the fourth and final story, “The Door”, Ian Carmichael plays a newlywed who receives a key from the antique shop as a wedding gift. The key unlocks a door in their new apartment, leading to a horrifying discovery.

From Beyond the Grave showcases a range of supernatural creatures and malevolent spirits, and uses practical effects to give these entities a sense of realism. At the same time, the movie maintains a certain eeriness to keep the audience on edge.

The overarching theme of the movie is temptation and the consequences of giving into it. The characters in the movie all become tempted by the seemingly innocent antiques, only to be led down a path of destruction.

The performances in From Beyond the Grave are impressive too. The late Peter Cushing famously said that this was his all-time favorite role, playing the enigmatic shop owner Mr. Lowe. His performance is understated yet powerful, moving the narrative along and creating a sense of mystery.

Overall, From Beyond the Grave is a horror movie that's both entertaining and thought-provoking. The combination of different stories linked by a central theme, coupled with the strong performances and atmosphere, makes the movie worth watching.

From Beyond the Grave is a 1975 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

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    6.6  (5,233)