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!
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…
A classic horror piece from the 1980s, full of inventiveness and dark humour. Obviously, not the greatest acting in the world, or the most logical of scripts, but it certainly packs the shocks, the laughs and the twists in a story of medical madness, obsession and love amid all the blood and gore.
Awesome camp film.
This is the quintessential Stuart Gordon film, though in my opinion, not his best. That's not to say this isn't a great movie, because it is, Gordon enlists the beloved 'over actor' Jeffery Combs (he gives Heston and Shatner a run for their money) as the diabolical Herbert West, and as usual, Gordon takes the Lovecraft story and runs with it. Packed full of morbid humour, gory tangible effects and eclectic characters, Re-Animator is truly a movie you can watch 40 or 50 times and still enjoy it...I know because I have.
*Note: If you liked this movie, check out some of Gordon's other Lovecraft adaptations: "Dagon", "From Beyond", "Dreams in the Witch House", "Castle Freak".
Its ok, not sure on its cult classic status but if anything it would be cult. Basically a parody of Frankenstein but with more gore and tits.....oh and a decapitated head eating out Barbara Crampton, mustn't forget that little moment.
Robert: I told you so.
I dunno... I may be a horror film blasphemer for saying this, but I prefer Gordon's Lovecraftian followup of From Beyond to Re-Animator. This film is totally and deservedly a classic of the splatter genre, but it just felt like From Beyond took the track Gordon had laid with Re-Animator and ran full-steam ahead.
This movie still rules, though. Jeffrey Combs plays Herbert West with such fervent insanity that it makes his charisma over Cain totally palpable. Barbara Crampton is a super babe. David Gale is a super creep. The effects are fantastically disgusting. etc etc...
Tras muuuuchos años sin verla descubro el prodigio de ritmo y de montaje que tiene esta obra cumbre del terror 80's. Iba mirando el contador del reproductor y no daba crédito a lo rápido que pasan los minutos y las escenas. Buceando en los extras y en las escenas eliminadas, me di cuenta del pulido extraordinario de minutos que le hacen para dejarla en esa exactitud de reloj suizo, donde cada escena desencadena la siguiente y aumenta la apuesta de una carrera sin frenos. Entre esos 15 o 20 minutos de descartes hay grandes momentos (West pinchándose, Hill hipnotizando a todo Cristo...) pero se sacrifican por esa fluidez que no te suelta de principio a fin. Siendo una peli de serie B todavía tiene más mérito, todo un ejemplo a seguir. Claro que la música también tiene mucho que ver, otra genialidad de Richard Band (... y Bernard Herrmann).
Points for being a precursor to the modern horror film with its knowingly absurd plot and gross-out humor, but besides that not much here. My expectations weren't high, but I at least expected something that would showcase why it's so highly regarded among horror fans. This may be a case in which countless imitators have made the original into just another film, because otherwise I'm not sure what I'm missing.
Unpleasant to watch at times and not in a way conducive to the story. Gives off the vibe that Stuart Gordon really wanted to push the buttons of sex and violence, so if you dig all that, this is for you. I also don't get the cult fascination with Jeffrey…
Wow, I had no idea what to expect going into this. What a great horror movie. Very funny and very scary, up there with Evil Dead II as one of my favorites. I hope the sequels can keep this up.
Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)