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…
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.
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…
...and the award for Best Use of Intestines in a Motion Picture goes to....
Supremely gory (possibly very confronting levels at the time of release) mad-scientist movie, is actually a good story, and well written, for its genre. Jeffrey Combs, as the mad doctor who comes up with a serum to reanimate dead tissue, turns in a memorable performance. David Gale as the villain of the piece is also good. It's evident director Stuart Gordon has much love for Frankenstein and George Romero, pity than that composer Richard Band had a bit too much love for Bernard Herrmann's score for Psycho, which gets so plegiarized, it distracts.
They physical effects on this film are insane. It is an interesting concept that just goes completely crazy in the end but it works perfectly. Jeffrey Combs is awesomely over the top and fits his role perfectly. It goes so far off the deep end at the end its hard not to be impressed by the balls the director had. Also, the look of the 'Reagent' that brings people back from the dead looks incredible. That neon green is great and works really well as a sort of easy maguffin to get the story going. Really impressed by this small budget horror flick.
Selection #60 in"The Dissolve: Movie Of The Week" list.
Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator is a bloody and gratifying adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's “Herbert West, Re-Animator,” that ranks high among its 1980's horror contemporaries.
In a medical office in Switzerland, screams accompany a nurse and police officers as they race down the corridor. They arrive at a locked glass door, behind which a muffled struggle can be heard. By the time they break down the door, Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is already struggling to regain control of his mentor Dr. Gruber (a heavily made-up Al Berry). As the nurses and officers watch in terror, Dr. Gruber's eyes erupt from his head in a milky-red blood covered spectacle of horror. West is transferred back to the United States to complete his medical…
If you label yourself as any form of a horror fan, not only should you have seen this, but you should have this in the top horror movies. Such an awesome 80s horror movie, with awesome gore and effects. Combs is awesome as Herbert West, and plays a perfect antihero. One of the best horror films.
On Flickchart at 36
"Mr. Director, do you want to bar any holds for this film?"
"No, I don't think that would be necessary."
So 1980s horror movies are quite literally perfection. Within the first two minutes there was some kick ass gore. The score of of this movie and all of the music was so perfect and mesmerizing. Especially anytime there was something gross, the sound effects made all the difference. They really outdid themselves with the special effects. The last ten minutes prove that this film is a work of art.
The overcoming of death - this solid barrier which makes us finite beings - is a grand theme tracable in all kind of myths, legends and religions. But instead of the Christian Ascension Day or Hades in myths like Orpheus and Euridyce the awakening element here is a flashy green secretion that makes the dead rise from their graves. But at what price?
Admittedly, I may have introduced this movie more profoundly then it is actually presented. The idea behind this revitalized 'mad scientist' genre is simple and could have been scratched off the back corner of a B-Movie video rental store, but it's what the movie forms out of it what makes it a special horror gem.…
- 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
- Christiane F.
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)