From Beyond the Grave (1974) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Kevin Connor
Starring: Peter Cushing, Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael
RATED: PG/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Warner Archive Collection
Amicus Productions classic horror portmanteau makes its Blu-ray disc debut just in time for the horror-days! Bolt the door, lower the lights and settle in for a stylish five-episode supernatural shocker possessed of a shivery all-star cast and drenched in evil. Welcome to Temptations Ltd., a decrepit antique shop whose unwary customers get more than they bargain for from the wily proprietor (Peter Cushing). Much more. Go to the head of the horror class if you can predict who’ll join the ranks of the doomed from among this role call of distinguished British actors: Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael, Diana Dors, Lesley-Anne Down, Margaret Leighton, Donald Pleasence, Nyree Dawn Porter, David Warner and more. A mirror. A medal. A snuff box. An ornate door. All unleash novelty surprises for the characters – and you – in these wickedly horrific tales From Beyond the Grave.
I know most the time they share the same actors and such, but I’d take an Amicus title over a Hammer title any day of the week. And Beyond the Grave is a prime example as to why I’d make that decision. I’m a big fan of anthology movies anyway but this one has a real charm to it and comes out swinging with some really interesting and fun segments that deal from everything from haunted mirrors to invisible demons to people that are not what they seem and more. We many actors who we all know and love and they play their roles to perfection here and make a movie that I’d safely put alongside the classic Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror. The wrap-around for this one might not be as solid as the others but it delivers on the segments fully and that’s what really makes this one what it is.
From Beyond the Grave is a movie that would be perfect to watch late at night on a rainy night or to even kick in the player around Halloween. I’ve had the DVD for years and I’m happy to see it finally hit Blu-ray and it delivers on the transfer with that as well. This is a solid release for a great movie. I wish we had some extras on this release, as that would have been a really good thing to go along with the solid transfer, but we end up with a nice looking transfer for a movie that needs all the love people want to give it. It has some blood, it has some atmosphere, and it can be just as funny as it can be creepy at times. Beyond the Grave is good stuff!
– BRAND NEW REMASTER OF THE FILM
– Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
Quality of Transfer: 94%