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…
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…
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.
A very solid 80s horror film. One of the better "zombie" films I've seen! I really dug it!
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…
C (76) - Cult classic. Gory fun for a popcorn night.
Very fun and entertaining but perhaps not as insane as I might have hoped for. It kind of was exactly what I expected, which is fine! The totally fucked up sexual head thing was the best part. And that dude who played West! I could have watched him forever.
Interesting trivia -- before becoming Secretary of State, John Kerry flirted with acting, starring here as Dr. Hill, the evil villain of a campy horror classic.
Stuart Gordon is in top form with this goofy gorefest. Throughout the film our sort of antihero Herbert West turns out to be one of the most dubious yet strangely sympathetic mad scientist types you'll see, due in no small part to Combs's excellent performance. He is the main reason this movie is so great, capturing the insanity bubbling under his character's put together surface so well, but the rest of the movie holds up on its own pretty well. The effects are good in an over the top kind of way, and the story goes to some unexpected places, probably owing to it coming from such a writer as Lovecraft. For me this is near the pinnacle of 80s horror-comedy.
Intentionally silly and pretty funny throughout, the movie didn't have me riveted like The Evil Dead, but it's definitely a fun ride. Worth watching if you're a horror fan or even a comedy fan.
Viva el latex y la sangre falsa a cascoporro..... pero le falta algo
I remember catching this when I was in my very early teens and gazing in rapturous wonderment as this freakish tale unravelled with bloody guts, brains and viscera. Two decades on and not much has changed.
Pompous, campy and satisfyingly over-the-top, Stuart Gordon's body horror manages to master its comedic tone without losing any atmosphere or weightiness. There are tonal similarities to Return Of The Living Dead and the practical effects are glorious.
Jeffrey Combs performs at a career best as Dr. Herbert West, the insanely effervescent anti-hero. I love how this tale switches expectations and we see our titular lead shift from crazed mad doctor, to loveable crazed mad doctor. You get swept up in his obsessive madness and surf on a wave of decomposing bodies in the most satisfying way imaginable.
An absolute riot in a Night of the Creeps meets Return of the Living Dead by way of Frankenstein kind of way.
I was aware of the cult following this film has leading into it, I'm not a massive horror fan but I thought Re-Animator was ok. On the other hand I can see why people would love this and provide a higher rating than the one I'm giving.
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- 13 Sins
- 100 Bloody Acres
- All Cheerleaders Die
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
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-635 are not ordered yet.