Movies that are slightly off.
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.
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…
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.
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'm only rating it this high for the practical effects. Other than that it's alright.
Stuart Gordon is really a pro at the non-flashy tracking shot, ain't he?
I just can't get a read on Stuart Gordon. I don't know if he's trying to be campy, or if his movies are earnestly trying for horror...
"So what kind of medicine are you involved in?"
Creatively combining elements of humor and horror, Gordon's 'Re-Animator' has become a cult favorite, especially for being the most prolific H.P. Lovecraft adaptation. Featuring Jeffery Combs in an excellent performance, the film's first half felt rather slow, but last 30 minutes or so flew by. Some of the practical effects are among the best I've ever seen, up there with Carpenter's 'The Thing', and the supporting cast is mostly solid, but David Gale shines most of all as the creepy and shifting villain. The soundtrack sounds a little too much like Hitchcock's 'Psycho', but the film is easily one of the funniest horror films I've seen.
I wish more zombie movies were like this.
Check out my full Exhumed Films: The Empire Pictures Marathon list to read about the rest of the films, the Q&A's with Dennis Paoli and Daniel Griffith, as well as find links to all the trailers and commercials that were screened between films.
And so the marathon begins! And what a beginning it is. I first saw Re-Animator just a couple years ago as I started to get into "cult" filmmaking for the first time. And I simply could not have asked for a better introduction to this corner of film fandom. I'd seen Evil Dead and a few other things of this ilk previously, but this was really the one that sold me on the notion that schlocky isn't…
35mm, Exhumed Films: Empire Pictures Marathon w/ intro and Q&A with writer Dennis Paoli
This was my favorite movie as a kid and it still hasn't gotten old
I've seen this a few times, and every time I'm blown away by just how gross it is. This is one that hasn't really gotten more tame with time, it's still completely revolting. If anything, it's probably MORE offensive now, considering women being molested against their will no longer seems to be appropriate in exploitation films. :P Regardless, it's still a ton of fun, and one of the most relentlessly-paced horror movies I've ever seen. Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West is one of the all-time great horror performances, he's completely hilarious while never once winking at the screen.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…