Feature: From Beyond (Director's Cut) w/Dennis Paoli
We're joined by Dennis Paoli, longtime collaborator of Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna, wrote the screenplays for Re-Animator, From Beyond, Castle Freak, and many other Lovecraftian films. Q&A after the film. Dennis will be signing in the lobby after the Q&A.
From Beyond (Director's Cut)
Scientists Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs) and Edward Praetorius developed the Resonator, a machine that causes humans to see invisible creatures that live all around us, but which also allows them to see us! After destroying the machine, Tillinghast returns to the lab with Dr. Katharine McMichaels (Barbara Crampton) and Bubba Brownlee (Ken Foree) to recreate the experiment, as a means of unlocking what really happened the night that Praetorius disappeared.
Screenwriter of 2023's Suitable Flesh, directed by Joe Lynch and based on H. P. Lovecraft's "The Thing on The Doorstep", Dennis Paoli achieved his greatest enduring cult popularity by penning the wickedly witty scripts for two superior 80s H.P. Lovecraft adaptations directed by noted horror genre icon Stuart Gordon: the terrific Re-Animator and its equally excellent follow-up From Beyond. Paoli and Gordon first crossed paths working for the experimental Organic Theater in Chicago. Besides those two films, Paoli has also written The Pit and the Pendulum, Castle Freak, Dagon and the Masters of Horror episodes "H.P. Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witch-House" and "The Black Cat" for Gordon. Paoli has done several screenplays for prolific low-budget movie producer Charles Band: a segment of the horror anthology Pulse Pounders, Spellcaster, Meridian, and Ghoulies II. He collaborated with Larry Cohen and Nicholas St. John on the script for Abel Ferrara's supremely creepy and underrated sci-fi/horror winner Body Snatchers. In addition to those credits, Paoli wrote the gruesome The Dentist for Brian Yuzna. Outside of writing screenplays, Dennis Paoli has a regular day job as a Writing Instructor and Coordinator of the Hunter College Writing Center at Hunter College in New York. He's especially knowledgeable on Irish literature and has taught a course on Gothic fiction.