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…
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!
Oh my God. This is a masterpiece.
My husband made me watch this way back when we first got together. He was trying to show off his movie prowess and thought this would be something I would enjoy. Ahem. Seriously though, back then I didn't watch 'these types of films' so I owe all of my knowledge of this stuff to him. Now, it is mainly 'these types of films' that we watch, with the occasional new mainstream film thrown in.
The first time I saw this I was also unfamiliar with Jeffrey Combs so I had nothing to base him on and thought he was the worst actor ever. I still thought he was awful after watching all the sequels to Re-Animator. It wasn't until my…
Last week I decided that I should probably watch some more "Horror" films, this came about after I watched You're Next, which I liked but couldn't really describe as horror as It didn't scare me.
So I started a list of horror films that other users rated as amongst the best. This list can be found here:
This is mostly made up of films that I haven't seen, there are a few that I should watch again (Halloween and The Exorcist spring to mind).
When I wrote about You're Next, I said that to be a "Horror" film surely it must be scary, I described Halloween as a drama because I just didn't scare me. Thats not to say…
Okay i love cult films. Always have done, always will do. But this is one i never really gave the time of day. Until now.
Lets start with the goods. Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West was really well cast. Every minute he was on screen, I was either smiling at his dry, full of it attitude, or his deceiving manner, or i was watching in amazement at the way he can perfect facial expressions. He's actually a brilliant actor. I like the remix of the Psycho theme as the main piece of music used in the film. Its head bobbing and just well done. And the green serum looks good i suppose also. The final 15 minutes are one long…
Review first published by FilmLand Empire
"I'm dead," declares medical student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), lying beside his girlfriend Megan Halsey (Barbara Compton) in a state of post-coital exhaustion. When Megan questions his compliments of her physical beauty "coming from somebody who spends most of his time with cadavers", Dan insists, "Cadavers aren't beautiful - and besides, you know, they just don't jump when you tickle."
Re-Animator is rather preoccupied with transgressing the boundaries between sex and death. If, in his first scene, Dan is attempting CPR on a flatlined young female patient, and too bent on bringing her back to life to see anything sexual in having his hands all over her naked breasts, then later it will be…
While viewing Re-Animator, I related to it like I rarely do: in a way it reminded me of me and my buddies in the process of shooting an amateur film; like how in that process we improvise or get ideas out of thin air randomly at any point of time (on set or off), just to make our films better and innovative. Watching this film, with a smile on my face, I can imagine the B-grade geniuses behind the camera working their way through the plot with many "Oh! We can do that"-s and "we can try this"-s. Such are the twist and turns of this film that break barriers of predictability bringing in a lot of tension and, at…
Medical students are reanimating corpses but have no idea of the consequences.
I haven't seen Re-Animator since my days as a video store clerk back in the 90's because I didn't like it very much. I have no idea why I felt this way. Upon my latest re-watch I loved it!
Re-Animator strikes a great balance of horror and comedy. The horror is spirited and gory. The comedy sneaks in very naturally. It never really "goes for a laugh" in the traditional sense. There are wildly over the top scenes accompanied by pitch perfect deadpan reactions. This simple formula is a hoot.
I ask the horror gods to forgive me for my sins. I shrugged off Re-Animator as "not that great" for decades. I was wrong. Re-Animator is every bit the top notch horror classic it has always been hailed as. Check it out.
Oh my God. This is a masterpiece.
My only regret regarding this film is that it's so short. It's really a horror classic, definitely an 80s horror classic, and honestly I could have watched another hour of it.
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- 13 Sins
- 100 Bloody Acres
- The ABCs of Death
Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)