Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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…
I just watched Re-Animator for the first time. I have heard about this film for years but never had the chance to view it. This film is a fine example of why '80s horror films are so great. The production value and special effects still look great for a 30 year old film, even better than most horror films released today. Looks amazing on Blu-Ray, and I'm glad I bought it sight unseen.
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…
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.
Just feel like I need to justify my score on this one. This film is one of the greatest B movies I've ever seen. Yes it's cheesy and the plot is unrealistic, but it is fully aware of this and uses this to it's advantage. This movie is a hell of a good time.
It is the zombie origin story we need and the one we deserve.
This one was a classic. Jeffrey Combs acting, Stewart Gordon directing, a talking disembodied head. That checks off every box for me. 5 stars, way up!
There's something absolutely sickening about seeing the female character played for the victim, objectified to be raped by a headless scientist. Of course the victimisation of young women is a common trope in horror - but that doesn't make seeing it here any more bearable.
A completely silly concept that could have been OTT and corny, but instead was played completely straight, which makes the whole thing feel infinitely more ridiculous, and the movie is all the better for it.
A horrorfilm that proves huge stars and slick effects do not particularly make a modern cult classic, just a handful of committed actors working with a crisply efficient script.
Pity about the main theme, though, an absolute theft of Herrman's "Psycho", that I had missed the first go round with this one.
Re-Animator is great horror/comedy cult classic. The movie feels like a modern day retelling of Frankenstein, Only much bloodier and with some dark humor thrown in. Not much else to say, if you enjoy good horror and have the stomach for it you should enjoy this movie.
Deliciously horrific cult classic. Watch it ASAP!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).