From Beyond the Grave (1974)

Directed by Kevin Connor.  Written by Robin Clarke and Raymond Christodoulou.  Based on stories by R. Chetwynd Hayes.  Starring Peter Cushing, David Warner, Donald Pleasance, Angela Pleasance (his daughter), Ian Bannen, Diana Dors, Ian Carmichael, Ian Ogilvy, Lesley-Anne Down, Jack Watson and Rosalind Ayres.

Plot: an anthology of 4 short stories revolving around a British antique shop and it’s mysterious owner (Cushing)


The first story, The Gate Crasher, is about a group of people who perform a seance and wake up something that’s been trapped in a mirror.  It’s kind of a week story.  We didn’t understand why the man was trapped in the mirror to begin with.  And was he a vampire or no?  We weren’t sure of that either.  We didn’t like this story all that much.

We did however, like the second story, An Act of Kindness.  It’s about a peddler that invites a man (who happens to be a thief and a liar) into his home for tea and cake.  But the peddler’s got a strange daughter that answers the prayers of children.  I won’t tell you how it ends, but it is justified and we really enjoyed it.  It had a fantastic motive and a really awesome cast.  We love The Pleas.

The third story, The Elemental, was another letdown.  It’s about a clairvoyant that tries to get this “elemental” that keeps attacking his wife, off his shoulder.  The rules were a bit shaky with this one.  One minute the dog could sense the elemental, but then in the end it couldn’t.  Why did things change?  The ending did not move us either.  DJ made up a much better one that would’ve gotten way more points.


The Door, the fourth and final story, went back up again in our points system.  It’s about a man that buys a big, ugly door to use in his house as one of his closet doors, but it ends up transforming his stationary closet (need to get me a stationary closet, btw) into a large, dusty drawing room.  And the drawing room has a dude in it, too, who should have looked scary at least, but didn’t.  It was a bit over-the-top dramatic, but it was original and we liked it.

So, do we recommend the movie?  Yes.  But be warned that only half the stories are actually good stories.

Our score: 50.

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