Friday, May 10, 2013

Crawford Tillinghast

First appearance: From Beyond (1986)

A pair of scientists, the perverted Dr. Pretorious and his research partner Crawford Tillinghast, build a device known as the "Resonator" hoping to see into other dimensions. Unfortunately it works and Pretorious is killed by the weird creatures now visible thanks to the device. Tillinghast is arrested for the murder and thrown into a mental institution. While under treatment at the mental institution Dr. Katherine McMichaels discovers Tillinghast's pineal glad has been affected by exposure to the "Resonator" and decides he might be suffering from schizophrenia because of this. She decides what would be best for Tillinghast is to go back to the scene of the experiment.
Turns out that even though the creatures ate his head Pretorious is alive, well and just as perverted in the other dimension and he really wants back into our dimension.

I still can't understand how this movie and Re-Animator aired on WUAB-43 out of Cleveland on Saturday afternoons when I was a kid. When it was finally released on DVD a couple years back I picked it up having vague memories of enjoying it as much as Re-Animator. I was right but it really leaves you feeling like you need a shower after watching it.

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