Saturday, January 28, 2017

Don’t Buy Anything from Grand Moff Tarkin, or Thoughts on From Beyond The Grave

Much like Kwaidan (1964), From Beyond The Grave (1974) is an anthology film by Amicus Films featuring Peter Cushing, recently resurrected from the grave in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) as the Proprietor of Temptations Limited, an antique shop specializing in cursed items.  Punters come in the store, buy something, and then the movie follows them for a bit.  Each of these customers cheat the Proprietor in one way or another but of course, Peter Cushing has the last laugh.
The first story, “The Gatecrasher” has David Warner buying a haunted mirror that demands blood, you know, like most haunted mirrors.  In An Act of Kindness, a desperate City Worker buys an old war medal after he meets Donald Pleasance. He then embarks on an unwise affair with his daughter Emily, who might be a witch, portrayed by Donald Pleasance’s actual daughter Angela.  The third tale, entitled The Elemental, has Ian Carmichael cheating the Proprietor out of a cursed snuffbox, only to encounter some pesky demonic forces.  And in the final story, The Door, Ian Ogilvy buys (you guessed it) an antique door that leads to another dimension.  Watch out for Lesley-Anne Down from Upstairs Downstairs, The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) and Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994) as Ian Ogilvy’s wife Rosemary.
Director Kevin Connor would go on to make Motel Hell (1980).  Amicus Productions, easily confused with Hammer as they produced similar movies in the same decade and switched actors, including British classics like Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965), Tales From the Crypt (1972) and one of my favorite titles, And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973).

my first novel?  thanks for asking:)  it’s a the first book in a 4-volume supernatural martial arts series chock full of killer kung-fu witches, haunted carnivals, punk rock assassins, and a 24-hour diner with the best pie in town…
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