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.
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!
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.
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 hope my corpse turns into a tentacle monster.
80's campy shlocky Lovecraft zombie horror.
"Who's going to believe a talking head?"
Hilarious cult horror maxed out with gore and violence.
I won tickets to see this at a theatre in Brisbane, which added to the schlocky experience with the addition of broken chairs and going to the outskirts of my city to see a horror film. It was being shown because it is being released limitedly in Australia on Blu Ray to 1000 copies. After seeing this, I am considering buying one of the 1000 copies.
It's a fun field trip of science fiction horror.
This is the only movie in existence that I can watch a million times and never get tired of
My favourite part was when Dan shook Hebert and begged him to "stop re-animating people!!" - in the way you would have to ask a friend to stop drinking/doing drugs.... only he's concerned about his Re-Animating problem, asking him to stop bringing people back from the dead in their basement.
(And does anyone know how much fake blood was used in this?)
I watched the Integral Cut version on the new 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray.
A gooey, icky, lovely mess. Not scary in any real sense, but you'll still watch parts of this movie with your fingers shielding your eyes. Funny too.
just a couple a dudes in love
Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
1940-2014; not quite to 600 yet.