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From Beyond the Grave (1974)

An anthology of four short horror stories revolving around a British antique shop and its mysterious owner.

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Kevin Connor

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Robin Clarke (screenplay), Raymond Christodoulou (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Bannen ... Christopher Lowe (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")
Ian Carmichael ... Reginald Warren (segment 3 "The Elemental")
Peter Cushing ... The Proprietor
Diana Dors ... Mabel Lowe (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")
Margaret Leighton ... Madame Orloff (segment 3 "The Elemental")
Donald Pleasence ... Jim Underwood (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")
Nyree Dawn Porter ... Susan Warren (segment 3 "The Elemental")
David Warner ... Edward Charlton (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher")
Ian Ogilvy ... William Seaton (segment 4 "The Door")
Lesley-Anne Down ... Rosemary Seaton (segment 4 "The Door")
Jack Watson ... Sir Michael Sinclair (segment 4 "The Door")
Angela Pleasence ... Emily Underwood (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")
Wendy Allnutt ... Pamela (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher")
Rosalind Ayres ... Prostitute - Edward's first victim (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher")
Tommy Godfrey Tommy Godfrey ... Mr. Jeffries (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher")
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Storyline

Anthology film from Amicus adapted from four short stories by R. Chetwynd-Hayes strung together about an antique dealer who owns a shop called Temptations Ltd. and the fate that befalls his customers who try to cheat him. Stories include "The Gate Crasher" with David Warner who frees an evil entity from an antique mirror, "An Act of Kindness" featuring Donald Pleasence, "The Elemental", and "The Door". Written by Humberto Amador

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Every Once in a While a Horror Film Becomes a Classic. In 1931 Frankenstein. In 1932 Dracula. In 1968 Rosemary's Baby. in 1974 The Exorcist. This year it's... See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Creatures from Beyond the Grave See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Amicus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Although the film was granted a '15' certificate for video in 1987 by the BBFC in the UK, there is no evidence that Warner Home Video actually released this film on any media in the UK until the DVD release in 2007. Indeed, the film was once slated to form part of Warner's 1995 UK 'Terror Vision The Crypt Collection' with a proposed release date of 30 October 1995 quoted in some release catalogs inserted into the collection's earlier releases but this release never materialized until in 2007 it was released in the UK on DVD. See more »

Goofs

The premise of the film is that everyone who cons the antique dealer gets his comeuppance. Although some may believe that Edward should not die because the Proprietor accepts his offer, he is later killed by the mirror demon because he had lied to the Proprietor about the mirror being a reproduction. He still has to pay for his 'sin'. See more »

Quotes

The Proprietor: I hope you enjoy snuffing it.
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(uncredited)
By Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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The best of British horror!
27 December 2006 | by seantheslugSee all my reviews

A superb slice of vintage British horror from Amicus productions, which although headed by two Americans Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky, Amicus was based in England at Shepperton Studios. I personally am a huge admirer of the work of Milton Subotsky, I think he gave a great deal to the British film industry and gave us the 'portmanteau' style of horror film which meant that the stories would be around half an hour long, it was impossible to tire of such a short subject! Milton himself claimed that the classic 'Dead of Night' was the inspiration behind these multi segment horror films and I think he took it to another level. I think that 'From Beyond' is the finest one they made, with atmospheric stories and great acting from the entire cast and of course the wonderful Peter Cushing as the mysterious proprietor of 'Temptations Ltd'. Peter was the actor most used by the studio, he being very reasonable by way of his fees, whereas Subotsky claimed the great Christopher Lee became too expensive!


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