A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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.
I just watched Re-Animator for the first time. I have heard about this film for years but never had the chance to view it. This film is a fine example of why '80s horror films are so great. The production value and special effects still look great for a 30 year old film, even better than most horror films released today. Looks amazing on Blu-Ray, and I'm glad I bought it sight unseen.
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…
Re-Animator is fun from beginning to end, with some of the best and most outrageous special effects I've seen. There are intestines that behave like octopi, animated headless corpses, and laser lobotomies. What's not to love?
It's loosely based on an HP Lovecraft story, but one-ups the written work considerably by updating it to the present day and lightening the tone. It could technically be categorized as a horror comedy, though not the type where you laugh out loud; there are some genuinely horrific moments to be had here. The story and pace are great, with some notable performances as well. Jeffrey Combs is perfect as the single-minded, eponymous Herbert West. Bruce Abbot could well have been the…
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 can't believe I had never seen this before. I'm so happy that it's in my life now.
Herbert West is my new soul mate.
Dead cat. Details later.
The book is better
Fine as far as exercises in tongue-in-cheek gore go, but since Dead Alive topped it in every way possible, it's hard to get excited about it. Better than Night of the Creeps, but I don't find much value in watching horror movie fans playing around with prosthetic makeup effects. Especially when they swipe the Psycho score in the bargain.
I'd forgotten just how much fun this movie is, and how shocking it is for a first time viewer.
Awesome movie. Scary creatures and scary people and scary ideas. Very well executed Lovecraft adaptation. Gotta check out more Stuart Gordon movies now.
the more I watch it
the better it gets
Jeffrey Combs is the ONLY person who can ever play Herbert West and that's final!
I also love this movie so much.
Bought this and Army of Darkness on blu-ray because they were on sale, didn't know anything about this one, Herbert West is my new husband
Movies that are slightly off.