Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
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.
Now where the fuck do I begin???
This is a classic right here, and I'm surprised this is my first time watching this! From beginning to end it was fantastic.
Fun movie, you don't come across crazy/wild films like this.
Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) has this crazy look in his eye, MY GOD, he was so sinister but in a smart/techy/scientist kind of way.
I love the green neon serum though.
I loved it. Must watch, rewatch, buy 103380325 copies.
"You killed him!"
"No, I did not. I gave him life."
Awesome horror comedy with great gore. An instant favorite.
The Good: Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator is so sick and so twisted... I love it. It's got just the right amount of gore; it's got deliciously dark humor; it's got Jeffrey Combs' best role; it's got naked Barbara Crampton; it's got amazing practical effects and make-up; it's got a rabid, twice-dead cat; it's got an evil severed head; it's got attacking intestines; it's got perhaps the weirdest sex scene around (and I thought Isabelle Adjani getting fucked by an octopus in Possession was crazy); and last, but certainly not the least, it's Lovecraft. How could one not enjoy this film?
The Bad: Blatantly rips-off Bernard Herrmann's…
Who's going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow.
I had no idea this film had such a grizzly sense of humor. I feel like I let myself down by not having seen this film at least once in the last 25 years. Stuart Gordon took a lesser known (to me anyways) H.P. Lovecraft story, Herbert West–Reanimator, and created some sort of modern day mad scientist masterpiece of gore.
The gore and makeup is so brilliantly done by John Naulin and Tony Doublin that the few scenes that didn't turn out so well are completely overshadowed or simply add to the humor of the film. While some of the scenes that have a headless…
"Who's going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow."
Originally I wanted to write a really indepth review of this after my rewatch, but I honestly can't. I love this movie way to much and a prolonged review would be nothing but a fanboy glorification.
Herbert West is one of my favourite characters of all time and to this day I can't believe Jeffrey Combs never had his major Hollywood breakthrough. This man needs to be a Bond villain! Beyond that, this has all the trademarks of classic 80s horror greatness: A fantastic score ripped straight from "Psycho", disgusting practical effects and homages galore while staying surprisingly unique.
There are 3 classic 80s horror comedies I rewatch regulary: Braindead, Evil Dead II and Re-Animator. And they are all on par. I just wished there were more H.P. Lovecraft adaptions as awesome as this one!
One of the best horror movies of the 1980s. There was no shortage of inventive shockers made on a relative shoestring in that decade and Re-Animator is notable for both its gruey and icky special effects and the effectiveness with which it mixes its horror with a neat streak of black humour. Its imprint can be seen in the likes of Peter Jackson's early efforts and more recent classics like Slither.
There are many plus points, apart from the effects. It's tightly plotted, and the performances are just the right side of scenery-chewing, particularly by Jeffrey Coombs and David Gale as Herbert West (the re-animator of the title), and his nemesis, the unscrupulous Dr. Carl Hill.
Coombs plays West as…
Fantastic makeup effects, a nasty sense of humour, and a scene-stealing performance by Jeffrey Combs. Tons of fun, with little thought required.
A classic for a reason. The undiluted manic madness of Dr. Herbert West. The pure evil of Dr. Carl Hill. The stunning beauty of the dean's daughter, Megan Halsey. Stuart Gordon behind the camera at the prime of his genius. Great practical effects work. Zombie cat. A headless man performing cunnilingus. Seriously. What's not to like?
Herbert West is an excellent med student with some issues concerning ethics. Dr. Hill is a cunning linguist with a tendency to lose his head. When the two meet, sparks fly.
If you read my film diary, odds are you already know and love this film, so I'm not going to waste time talking about how great it is. Instead, I want to talk about the quality of the cinematography, since I've been taking a production class this semester, and those things are on my mind. Re-Animator is shot with a surprising amount of "oners," or shots of long duration, many of which are handheld or steadycam. The friends I watched it with suggested that the reason might be to…
A classic, classic horror film. Humorous, without being really a comedy. Jeffrey Combs drives a thoroughly-entertaining film that makes the tired "Mad Scientist" trope fresh again. Hebert West in this regard thus becomes a complex character both a protagonist and antagonist. The gore is fantastic in this and is so much fun. Always a great watch.
Never forget where you came from.
As I've gotten older my movie tastes have broadened, but I'll never forget movies like Re-animator that entertained me the through the rough waters of childhood. Its been quite a many years since I watched this film, a film it seems like we use to watch everyday.
Its gross and funny and bad and has good pacing!
I could quote this movie forever. "I have a plan" "Overdose!"
The disembodied head of a scientist hell bent on ruling the world tries to have oral sex with a woman. Many parts in this movie had me laughing.
It reminded me a little bit more of Pet Semetary with the dead cat and some other parts this time.
Maybe I would rate this less these days, maybe not, but as I said Never forget where you came from.
Severed head. Goes down. On Woman.
Three stars for the overall experience of watching the film in an abandoned hospital. Not sure how well it would hold up outside of that fantastically weird and creepy setting.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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