Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Herbert West has a good head on his shoulders... and another on his desk.
A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.
I was asked by a few users on my Favorite Horror Comedies list why I had included Bride of Re-Animator but not Re-Animator and their questioning me made me question myself, even though I was pretty sure I always found the sequel to be more funny.
Interestingly enough, I shouldn't have doubted myself. I still love Re-Animator and I like it more than the sequels, and while I think it is a fun, fast-paced movie, I don't find it funny. I don't laugh while watching it, I may smile simply because I love everything about it, but it's not something I find overly hilarious.
The only word I can think of to describe Jeffrey Combs is unique. There is no…
Film #16 of the March Madness 80s Sci-Fi Movie Challenge!
My one and only complaint is that I hadn't seen this sooner! But I guess it's better late than never! I cut my teeth on the old Black and White Frankenstein classics, if Director Stuart Gordon's flick had been available to me back in the day it would have blew my ever lovin mind!
There's enough cheese in it to feed a 3rd world country! You know it's going to be a winner when you learn in advance that it required 24 gallons of fake blood!
Jeffrey Combs nails it causing an influx of celebatory touchdown dances in his honor!
This is a movie where I'd love to watch myself watching it because I could feel myself grinning like a goddamn idiot the entire time. It's a wonderfully campy low budget horror b-movie with some hilarious scenery-chewing performances from its entire cast (Jeffrey Combs especially) and great practical gore effects. Let's just take a look at what we have here:
- Glowing green liquid
- A soundtrack blatantly ripped from Hitchcock's Psycho
- Quotes like "You killed him!" "No, I gave him life!"
- The most traumatic/hilarious cat death since Boondock Saints
- The most obvious reanimated head effect ever
- Strong Freudian overtones
- Glowing green liquid
It's a very silly movie. If you like b-horror I really can't recommend it highly enough.
From its gore-soaked opening, to its deliriously unhinged climax, Stuart Gordon's "Re-Animator" is an ever-so-slightly tongue-in-cheek slice of horror fun. With its purposefully overwrought performance by Jeffrey Combs and its near-notorious set pieces, the film rates as a memorable and satisfying horror outing that does never takes itself too seriously.
Based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, Gordon's film focuses on the scientific goings-on at Miskatonic University involving a certain doctor and his certain serum that re-animates dead tissue. Needing test subjects for the serum, things get out of hand quickly.
The story is brought to life with solid, tone-setting performances; gooey, practical makeup effects; and buckets full of gore. Throw in the Lovecraftian roots and a score that wears its…
A very solid 80s horror film. One of the better "zombie" films I've seen! I really dug it!
Downright insane and ridiculously gory! When I say "ridiculously" I mean totally bonkers, I mean getting-choked-by-intestines gory. The 80s is truly a glorious (or gore-rious, if you like) decade for practical effects. The gore is treated with such care here it almost looked like a character in the film. Surprisingly, I love it. I love it! I can't believe myself. I think Re-animator awakened something inside me. "If you're a horror director and you don't come home every day bathed in blood, then you've failed" I think Eli Roth said (something like) that. The opening credits is a beauty too, the psycho theme is capable of making anything suspenseful, even watching paint dry.
"I've always admired your beauty, my dear."
One year ago I wouldn't even dream of watching this, but now I've finally made it. Thank you Fatpie for recommending.
"I must say, Dr. Hill, I'm very disappointed in you. You steal the secret of life and death, and here you are trysting with a bubble-headed coed. You're not even a second-rate scientist!"
I remember watching this once before, and I remember liking it back then. It didn't blown me away and I don't think that this movie is that good or anything like that, but it was really, really entertaining B-movie.
This time I watched it on a big screen and I still like it. Sure, its trashy, but its also still ridiculously entertaining. Practical effect still look awesome...way better then most of CGI effect in today's horror movies...and despite being a movie of its time (they don't make them like this anymore)...it still holds up really well. It has earned its cult status...
A campy movie for one of Lovecraft less serious stories. And Jeffrey Combs is just fantastic.
Un guilty pleasure de primera.
Stuart Gordon's splatterific H.P. Lovecraft adaptation remains one of the greatest horror/comedies of all time.
Where Re-Animator lacks in horror it makes up with laughable gore filled scenes. This movie is so campy that you will literally ask yourself how the director thought some scenes were a great idea. The plot in this film is all over the place and is really incoherent. You think West is the evil mad scientist but you turn out to root for his crazy ass towards the end?? The prosthetics dont fail to deliver but what good does it do the movie if the rest of it is comedic?
YES YES PULL OVER! one of my favs from the moment i started watching it! i knew i would love this from the second herbert said "no i did not. i gave him life!" amazing. beautiful..the reason i love weird withdrawn scientist guys so much..my babies. i love him. i love weird gore and wild bullshit too so of course i loved this movie! "who's going to believe a talking head? get a job in a sideshow!"
I cannot believe I had gone so far in life without ever witnessing the brilliance that is 'Re-Animator'. With 80's gore at it's height, you know that Gordon went straight for the jugular, trying to top gore-fests from recent years.
With a simple Frankenstein-esque story line, and an unfortunate chain of accidents, there are bodies a plenty, both animated and in pieces. The gore is pretty well managed by a series of spectacles, such as the eyes exploding in the first failed experiment in Switzerland. But the best moment is the decapitated doctor, absolutely inspired, and the scene molesting 80's scream queen Barbara Crampton, is a hilarious vision of depravity Cronenberg would have been proud of (even if it is…
Ludicrous and inept, this low-budget 1985 splatter film directed by former Chicagoan Stuart Gordon tries to compensate for its complete failure to establish even a sliver of credibility by inflating the usual quotient of giggly camp humor and squishy gore effects. There's an H.P. Lovecraft story, about a demented medical student who learns the secret of revivifying corpses, buried in it somewhere, but Gordon has no interest in storytelling: he focuses all his efforts on serving up the gross-outs, which are still so amateurishly filmed that for sheer stomach-churning power they compare unfavorably to the average Alpo commercial. It's this kind of flat-footed stuff that gives garbage a bad name. With Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, and David Gale.
Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…