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.
Now where the fuck do I begin???
This is a classic right here, and I'm surprised this is my first time watching this! From beginning to end it was fantastic.
Fun movie, you don't come across crazy/wild films like this.
Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) has this crazy look in his eye, MY GOD, he was so sinister but in a smart/techy/scientist kind of way.
I love the green neon serum though.
I loved it. Must watch, rewatch, buy 103380325 copies.
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…
"Who's going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow."
Originally I wanted to write a really indepth review of this after my rewatch, but I honestly can't. I love this movie way to much and a prolonged review would be nothing but a fanboy glorification.
Herbert West is one of my favourite characters of all time and to this day I can't believe Jeffrey Combs never had his major Hollywood breakthrough. This man needs to be a Bond villain! Beyond that, this has all the trademarks of classic 80s horror greatness: A fantastic score ripped straight from "Psycho", disgusting practical effects and homages galore while staying surprisingly unique.
There are 3 classic 80s horror comedies I rewatch regulary: Braindead, Evil Dead II and Re-Animator. And they are all on par. I just wished there were more H.P. Lovecraft adaptions as awesome as this one!
One of the best horror movies of the 1980s. There was no shortage of inventive shockers made on a relative shoestring in that decade and Re-Animator is notable for both its gruey and icky special effects and the effectiveness with which it mixes its horror with a neat streak of black humour. Its imprint can be seen in the likes of Peter Jackson's early efforts and more recent classics like Slither.
There are many plus points, apart from the effects. It's tightly plotted, and the performances are just the right side of scenery-chewing, particularly by Jeffrey Coombs and David Gale as Herbert West (the re-animator of the title), and his nemesis, the unscrupulous Dr. Carl Hill.
Coombs plays West as…
A very twisted, absurd and immensely entertaining horror film. From the first sequence you already realize how bizarre this will be. I loved the jumpy music in this film and it matched the colorful and creative opening credit scene perfectly. The visual effects as well as the make up used in gory scenes still hold up very well and I found them creepy and effective. Re-Animator really has a lot of gore, being also constantly hilarious. There were many times I just couldn't believe what was happening and how the story kept getting weirder and crazier as the film progressed. Jeffrey Combs as the mad scientist was terrific and the whole cast did a solid work as well. Re-Animator is one of the most imaginative and funny horror films I've seen in a long time and I highly recommend it!
I wish some characters were a little easier to root for, but, really, with a horny severed head swinging all over the place, who care? Gory spectacle with a good story. Great fun.
Directed by Stuart Gordon (a man who directed at least two other feature film adptations of Lovecraft's tales, plus two episodes of Masters of Horror, also Lovecraftian stuff), Re-Animator tells us the story of Herbert West, your token mad scientist, who found out a way of re-animating dead tissue, and is itching to try it on humans, instead of on little lab animals. Brilliant as he is, he's not very modest or personable, and after he lands on Miskatonic Medical University, he immediately makes an enemy in Dr. Carl Hill, when they disagree on the subject of brain death. Herbert ends up moving to the Dean's daughter house, that she shares with her boyfriend Dan, and uses their basement to…
Wacky sorta-Lovecraftian splatterfest. A lot of fun. I need to check out some more Stuart Gordon.
This is the cheesy, fun, gory, crazy horror movie I have been looking for all through October. Stuart Gordon's HP Lovecraft update has the gory practical effects, over the top insanity, and serious hilarity (is that a thing?) of the best B-movies. I'd never really call it scary, but it's really not trying to be. Instead, it's trying to be shocking and audacious, and in that regard it succeeds. Demon cat, insane-o-Dad, the headless scientist, and the goofiest/weirdest sex scene around? Yep, it's all here.
The film has it's fair share of bad acting, particularly in the barely present talents of Bruce Abbott and a slew of naked zombie corpse extras, and if that's all there was to the story…
Zu Recht einer der großen Klassiker des 80er Jahre Genre-Films. Stuart Gordon hat es geschafft eine tolle Mischung aus Horror, Aktion, Gore und Humor zu kreieren die auch heute noch bestens funktioniert.
#horrorctober 2013: Film 8
Ich muss sagen, dass ich mich ein wenig schäme (obwohl das natürlich Schwachsinn ist), dass ich diesen Film noch nicht kenne. Der ist ja quasi wie für mich gemacht. Mit einem Dauergrinsen saß ich davor und beobachte die eine oder andere Leichen-Wiederbelebung. Absolut kurzweilig, schön blutig mit allerlei Leichenteilen, abgeschlagenen Extremitäten etc und mit wunderbarem Humor, kann der Film von vorne bis hinten überzeugen. Außerdem großartig sind natürlich die Masken, Special Effects und Prothesen, die massenweise zum Einsatz kommen. So mag ich das, geht mir bloß weg mit CGI. Naja dafür ist es zu spät, weiß ich doch...
Una de las obras cumbre del terror ochentero. Jeffrey Combs no interpreta a Herbert West, es Herbert West. Enorme.
Yeah so I need to find some kind of longer version of this, because the scenes that seem to be missing would have made things run smoother, even if it adds 10 minutes. Doesn't mean this still wasn't fun as all hell though.
You know in seconds that it's fiction, so you accept it when heads talk without lungs, or when subtle psychic abilities show up ( or at least very strong hypnotic powers) or when you can inject glowstick juice into a cerebellum and turn them into Arnold Schwarzenegger body doubles.
And then a cat gets thrown into a wall and leaves brain matter splattered everywhere and it was great.
And Jeffrey Combs is amazing. Like, I've never even heard of him till last night but damn he's the best thing, even over John Kerry's doppelganger.
I'd say go watch it, but it's November now, so now we have to ignore horror stuff until February.
Never taking itself too seriously, Stuart Gordon's resurrection of HP Lovecraft's tale of unhinged medical student Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) and his experiments in reanimation makes for pure popcorn horror. Gory and silly in equal measure, it happily rises above the usual horror contingent thanks to some spirited performances and creative thinking.