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…
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…
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…
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 very solid 80s horror film. One of the better "zombie" films I've seen! I really dug it!
Being strangled by sentient intestines is now my no.1 fear.
Med student Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) has devised a serum to re-animate dead tissue. What to test it on first...or whom? Loosely (I imagine) adapted from an H.P. Lovecraft story, this gruesome, perverse black comedy is not for everyone, but a deranged treat for those who get into it. Combs is terrific as West, unwilling to let little things like ethics or decorum get in the way of his experiments.
Richard Band's Herrmannesque (to say the least) score is also good.
Holy Shit is this movie awesome! The third act is pretty much a non-stop gorefest! Why I waited so long to watch this is a crime!
31 Days of Horror Review #5
When picking films for 31 Days of Horror the list varied for several reasons. There are some films that I am watching for 31 days of Horror that I've wanted to see for years there are some films that I have seen and never reviewed and want to and than there are some films that are simply just placeholders that I'm reviewing and watching for shits and giggles the 1985 Horror Comedy Re-Animator is one that I essentially thought would be just that it looked like a cheesy film that was dated and over the top and i wasn't expecting much from it at all.
However after realizing this film has a 92% on…
Movie was bat-shit crazy and darkly comedic. I can't believe it took me this long to finally see it.
Gross and disgusting. I loved it.
Desde los primeros dos minutos, Stuart Gordon lo plantea todo: el montaje vertiginoso, lo loca que puede ponerse la película, lo sangrienta que es y Herbert West (con Jeffrey Combs luciéndose en el papel) diciendo "I gave him life". Luego, empiezan los créditos iniciales con el tema reminiscente de Bernard Herrmann. Lo que sigue de allí, son 86 minutos que por sí solos suenan cortos y Gordon los acorta aun más con el ritmo desenfrenado que establece. Pero, ¿qué se puede esperar de una película donde se alaba la locura desde el protagonista, pasando por el desarrollo de la trama y llegando a los efectos especiales?
Re-Animator es un ejemplo de comedia de terror exitosa. Situada en el punto justo…
A little too campy for my taste, but still kind of fun.
Goofy blood, Coombs and a supporting cast of dreadful actors? Top tier B movie.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…