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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…
6 countries (USA)(4/6)☐
5 decades (1985)(5/5)☑
5 films from the following: Bava, Argento, Lenzi, Fulci, Henenlotter, Romero, Stuart Gordon (3/5)☐
Total Movie Challenge (10/32)☐
THE modern-trashy Frankenstein you know you always wanted!
It even starts with people speaking hilariously bad german!
The practical effects are awesome and the acting is spot on, translated: corny, campy, 80's style!
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.
A perfect blend of horror and comedy.
Honestly I feel so much more complete as a human being now that this film is in my life.
Many years ago when I first watched this I had it pegged as a decent horror, lots of blood but not much else. A good few years on and I'm now realising how wrong I was. Re-Animator is to put it plainly, gloriously gorey greatness.
Now to watch the sequels.
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. Based on the short story "Herbert West-Reanimator" by H.P. Lovecraft, this film exudes the wacky '80s horror fixture on gore. Jeffrey Combs shines as the timid but intense Herbert West, fitting terrifically against his much more balanced co-stars. "Re-Animator" is absurdist zombie horror at a very concentrated level.
The Oxford English Dictionary should update its entry on the word 'campy' (if there even is one) and include a reference to Stuart Gordon's "Re-animator". Badly written (thanks to H.P. Lovecraft's choice to live a life of a hermit which gave him absolutely no skill to write decent dialogue), badly acted, but directed with such passion. And the special effects are simply exquisite.
It's a real shame R doesn't come directly after D, because this and "Dead alive" really belong together on the shelf.
Hoop-tober: Film #16
Eh, it was good.
Hoop-Tober 3.0, 5/31
Mmph, the glaring hubris of sociopathic med school students AND egomaniacal med school professors on full display.
Perhaps I should've gotten stoned first? Or lobotomized?
A hilarious, gory, cheese-fest. Jeffrey Combs gives a perfect performance as the hysterically serious Herbert West. Great intro, outrageous ending, and everything in between works wonderfully. Altogether a bloody, entertaining story filled with dark humour.
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