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.
Part of Junesploitation 2015 - Day 30: '80s Horror!
This was a great horror movie to end Junesploitation with. It has everything that I'm looking for - classic horror beats, a send-up of some classic tropes, a few scares, lots of gross scenes, and some super darkly comedic moments. I wish it had leaned into the humor and the absurd even more, but as it is, it's a pretty great movie that I am glad to have seen.
It’s less jokey than expected, but I love the kind of horror comedy, that tries to tell a serious horror story and gets his laughs mostly from how the story escalates.
A must-see movie for anyone into blood, guts, dark comedy, and totally real science.
With the quintessential mad scientist character Dr. Herbert West stealing the show, this is an exciting, bloody horror movie with some great dark comedy sprinkled on throughout making this a fun flick; especially for late October nights with all the lights off and your dead cat secured in the fridge to guarantee it won't get out and cause a problem.
I was amazed with this re-watch at how good it was considering it came from Charles Band's bargain basement Empire Pictures; a measure of Gordon's inspiration, talent and dedication to the material. (Which, I think, found fuller expression in From Beyond.) The one glaring oversight this time around was the absence of scenes showing Dr. Hill's hypnotic powers, which leads to many moments where he inexplicably has powers of suggestion over characters for no apparent reason. Still, a classic, and one that's always fun to revisit.
Got to give Stuart Gordon and his wife a ride to the airport on Monday. Best weekend ever.
Uninteresting and bland primarily because gore in a horror film is about as creative as adding ice to a glass of water.
However I can appreciate the practical effects, still I cannot say that I'd recommend this. I can see why it's listed as a cult film. Someone out there probably loves this stuff but personally it doesn't do it for me.
Campy, gory, and (most importantly) fun, Re-Animator is an overwhelmingly ridiculous and consistently hilarious almost-spoof of horror films while simultaneously operating as an effective example of the genre it holds up for satire.
Easily one of the top five films featuring a character named Hans Gruber.
35 MM screening...
Incredible to see this iconic masterpiece on the big screen with Stuart Gordon and cast in attendance.
A surreal evening that will likely never be topped.
The film? It speaks for itself.
Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…