There are things we are meant to see…and things we aren’t.
Animated and produced by Red Hatchet Films, Michael Granberry’s FROM BEYOND short film from 2006 follows Lovecraft’s original story pretty closely with “an unsuspecting man [who] falls into an otherworldly trap set by a psychotic genius.” Some of you might remember Stuart Gordon’s take on the concept in 1986 (an lost masterpiece in its own right if for no other reason than seeing Barbara Crampton in full-out S&M gear). While Gordon and his crew took some creative liberties with how everything played out in their feature adaptation, Granberry deviates less so from his source material but his wild vision remains distinctly his own.
Stylistically, the stop motion is a bit more rough than Red Hatchet’s later Lovecraft adaptations like The Doom that Came to Sarnath, or even from their work on the NEVER SLEEP AGAIN documentary, but overall its still very impressive work. Hell, anytime you’ve got slimy-looking creatures without skin or eyelids it’s bound to be a pleasant viewing experience (in my opinion at least)!