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…
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!
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!
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.
La mejor escena gato vs hombre.
A gruesome and fun sic-fi horror flick that leaves you satisfied from start to end. I liked the directing and intentionally cheesy effects and the acting was spot-on!
True cult classic. It's funny, gory and rewatchable with Jeffrey Combs doing what he does best: being mad and creepy in every scene!
Medical student Herbert West is obsessed with death and finding a way to bring the dead back to life. He finds a cure but it goes terribly wrong.
"Birth is always painful."
Herbert West, Re-Animator is not one of Lovecraft's best stories but Stuart Gordon's take on it is a classic! Re-Animator is very loosely based on the original story and Gordon manages to make the story his own with a little help from first class gory special effects and a fantastic Jeffrey Combs! The last twenty minutes are crazy bananas!
A crazy amount of awesome.
I just um well yeah
Best approached by instantly abandoning that "horror-comedy" nonsense. This film's quite genuinely horror, built on the simple tensions or unsettling notions that often transform these modest genre films into the rather serious works they can be. It all adds up; the hero's early desperation with saving a dead woman is cut (quite literally with a cut) with a body disposal that makes mundane the entire action, yet in contrast to his fervent passion the undercutting registers as believable, quiet pain. Wonderfully, the film wraps almost all of its horror around comparably minuscule human moments; genre extending itself from human doubts and foibles. And, being that I knew nothing about this film, the surprise reveal of the film's true villain, largely unassociated with the central horror for most of the runtime, was supremely upsetting/exciting: his hypnosis intrusions so thoroughly dovetail with his suggested psychosis that he quite quickly becomes one of American horror's better antagonists.
Not sure how I missed this one during the heyday of my teenage horror-binging. I think it looked too cheesy for me, always a fan of the higher brow kind of filmmaking. Can't say how well it holds up to a first viewing 30 years after release, but there is something distinct about it. It's probably sacrilegious to say this, but I get the feeling this is the sort of film that could actually handle a modern, darker remake (though you've gotta keep the practical effects).
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…