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…
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…
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!
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…
It's the Stop Making Sense poster that really ties the film together.
***OctHorror 2014*** Day 23
I've never been the biggest fan of overly gory horror films. Some I feel just use the inordinate amounts of blood and guts to mask the fact that there is no plot to speak of. But, as with almost everything, there are exceptions. This adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft story is one of them.
Re-Animator is cheap and cheesy and it revels in every single silly second. This is a modern day drive-in flick made for cheap and it rolls with it beautifully.
The special effects range from damn good to laughable bad, but in a good way.
This is a modern day Frankenstein tale of a mad scientist and his mission to defy the laws…
I love how many of the older movies I've been watching this month waste little time in setting up their story, and Re-Animator is perhaps the most efficient of the bunch: after a single establishing shot of the University of Zurich's School of Medicine --sirens wailing in the background--we follow a man and a couple of security guards down a hallway as they join a female doctor in distress. She points them to a locked door and we hear screams coming from inside. They call out to a Dr. Gruber and Mr. West, but the only answer they get is the sound of breaking glass, a commotion inside. The guards manage to open the door by force and find...
For a lower budget horror film I was rather impressed with Stuart Gordon's ability of where to point and place the camera in Re-Animator. He is overall very effective with building suspense with the camera and having it follow around his actors giving us their perspective. I can't recall any single scene standing out from a craftsman standpoint and the reliance of cutting to reaction shots for long periods of time shows Gordon doesn't have the best judgement. But, overall, scenes have a flow of movement that helped to bring some life to things. But unlike the reagent it couldn't bring to life this story that was so buried beneath kitschy story elements, flat dialogue and bad acting. I found…
An incredibly entertaining and surprisingly fresh blend of deadpan humor and gore. It offers up some of the most impressive makeup and practical effects ever put on film, too.
Still manages to be reasonably effective, despite its age. The practical make-up effects are top quality and Combs relishes his role.
Film #14 of Halloween 2014.
This movie is absolutely batshit crazy and i loved every second of it. Jeffrey Combs is so good owning this film with countless cheesy one liners and his deadpan humour. The effects are fantastic (all physical no CGI, which is something i particularly love) and at times so over the top that they make you squirm but also watch with wonder, which is a great achievement considering the amount of bland torture porn we are exposed to these days.
This would make an incredible triple bill with Evil Dead & Braindead.
Not sure how many of the amazing callbacks are due to Lovecraft's writing but if the Talking Heads poster isn't part of the original story, then this is one hell of an adaptation.
Creative, deranged, hilariously gory fun with one hell of a climactic sequence. The 85 minutes fly by and Jeffrey Combs is a force to be reckoned with.
- 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 six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 618-653 are not ordered yet.