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…
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…
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.
I feel like I just watched this last month. Probably because I did but it's still amazing and I'm almost positive the cat we had growing up was named after this movie
Every year around Halloween, a few of my friends get together for an all-day horror movie marathon “horror-fest”. I requested we watch 1985’s Re-Animator, which I had in my queue, but my friend Lucas had just watched it. He suggested instead 1986’s From Beyond, which he reasoned was to Re-Animator what Casino is to Goodfellas. Basically a lesser film featuring the same cast and director.
Having now seen both films from director Stuart Gordon, I can see where Lucas would make that assessment. They both are based on short stories by H.P. Lovecraft, and star Jeffery Combs and Barbara Crampston. As was the case with Goodfellas/Casino, the former entry from Gordon is far superior.
In Re-Animator, Combs plays a young…
This horror comedy is so grossly over the top, it's hilarious and makes you forget how silly the story is.
GROSSSSSSS, but cool.
Was a pretty fun watch that super gory and acts like a B movie lol.
...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.
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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
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)