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  • A fictional prison dimension featured in the Superman comic books. An almost exactly parallel use of the idea is presented in the campy cult film _The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension_ where the "8th dimension" is essentially a "phantom zone" used to imprison the villainous Red Lectroids. Uses in horror films include the 1986 film _From Beyond_ (based on the H. P. Lovecraft story of the same name) where a scientific experiment induces the experimenters to perceive aliens from a parallel universe, with bad results. The 1987 John Carpenter film _Prince of Darkness_ is based on the premise that the Christian Satan is actually an alien being that is the son of something even more evil and powerful, trapped in another universe.

    May 25, 2008