Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
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.
A very solid 80s horror film. One of the better "zombie" films I've seen! I really dug it!
The Good: Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator is so sick and so twisted... I love it. It's got just the right amount of gore; it's got deliciously dark humor; it's got Jeffrey Combs' best role; it's got naked Barbara Crampton; it's got amazing practical effects and make-up; it's got a rabid, twice-dead cat; it's got an evil severed head; it's got attacking intestines; it's got perhaps the weirdest sex scene around (and I thought Isabelle Adjani getting fucked by an octopus in Possession was crazy); and last, but certainly not the least, it's Lovecraft. How could one not enjoy this film?
The Bad: Blatantly rips-off Bernard Herrmann's…
Who's going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow.
I had no idea this film had such a grizzly sense of humor. I feel like I let myself down by not having seen this film at least once in the last 25 years. Stuart Gordon took a lesser known (to me anyways) H.P. Lovecraft story, Herbert West–Reanimator, and created some sort of modern day mad scientist masterpiece of gore.
The gore and makeup is so brilliantly done by John Naulin and Tony Doublin that the few scenes that didn't turn out so well are completely overshadowed or simply add to the humor of the film. While some of the scenes that have a headless…
"You killed him!"
"No, I did not. I gave him life."
Awesome horror comedy with great gore. An instant favorite.
Just a fun campy 80's horror flick. I enjoyed it.
Fantastic movie considering it's small scale. There are some effects which have not aged particularly well, but there are others that are fantastic. It features some of the most insane horror moments in horror history, and on a refreshingly small scale. Jeffrey Combs nails his performance. All in all, a solid movie (watch for when the set shakes in the padded room).
I went to the Drafthouse Lakeline and saw a good-looking DCP of this one. This is the first of their "Horror Show" screenings I've been to. First of all, LAKELINE! That theater is epic! It's themed after Planet of the Apes, with a big Lawgiver statue where the ticket taker might be in the lobby. Very impressive. Re-animator was what it was; I've seen during many of NIghtmare Theater's midnight shows at Silver Screen and it's just as crazy and inventive. I think the more intelligent and audience is, the less of a reaction you get out of them; the upscale Austin audience registered medium enjoyment of Re- while the Pensacola Silver Screen audience, 20 percent of whom probably barely realized they were in an actual movie theater watching a film, hooped and hollered and went insane during some of Herbert West's hijinks.
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Gordon, in his never bettered debut, takes a short HP Lovecraft story, ramps up the blood, modernises it and mixes in comedy and nudity to create a formula that transcends a limited budget that, even now reaching it’s 30th Anniversary, still feels fresh. (Review by Jason Abbey) www.themoviewaffler.com/2014/06/bluray-review-re-animator-1985.html
One of my favorite movies of all time!
Anatomy is destiny
Re-Animator is surprisingly entertaining. It has enough gore to please even the most bloodthirsty viewer, and its dry, deadpan humor is extremely effective. Combine that with a killer score, and you've got a bloody, hilarious, memorable mess of a film.
A classic of its kind, and probably the most unabashedly fun horror film of its decade (though Evil Dead 2 and Return of the Living Dead are strong competitors). Based extremely loosely on H.P. Lovecraft’s “Herbert West, Re-Animator” stories, this debut from Stuart Gordon embraces its own sickness and absurdity so warmly it’s hard not to respond in kind. Jeffrey Combs is magnificent as West, who concocts a “re-agent” serum that brings fresh corpses back to life. Housemate and unwilling assistant Dan (Bruce Abbott) helps out; so does West’s nemesis, snooty professor Dr. Hill (David Gale), though he’s even more unwilling. I’m gonna leave it at that, on the offchance you haven’t seen the film or read too much about…
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Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Donnie Darko
- The Room
- Big Trouble in Little China
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