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…
My husband made me watch this way back when we first got together. He was trying to show off his movie prowess and thought this would be something I would enjoy. Ahem. Seriously though, back then I didn't watch 'these types of films' so I owe all of my knowledge of this stuff to him. Now, it is mainly 'these types of films' that we watch, with the occasional new mainstream film thrown in.
The first time I saw this I was also unfamiliar with Jeffrey Combs so I had nothing to base him on and thought he was the worst actor ever. I still thought he was awful after watching all the sequels to Re-Animator. It wasn't until my…
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!
Well that was fucking brilliant.
I really had a kick out of this movie. Not only that it was everything that it was for all of the 80s horror flicks: gore, a memorable protagonist, and some suspense.....but the writing was pretty witty and have a appeal to it, in a certain way.
I think I can easily recommended it, if you're looking for a kind of 80s horror flick. As of now, it's on Netflix (which I watched this movie on), and you find it anywhere nowadays.
I regret all the years of my life I spent not having seen this film.
Don't expect to get too scared. It is an 80s film and Horror genre has been incessantly improving. You will easily survive this film. But don't watch this film for its horror. Watch it for its use of special effects. Very commendable. I particularly appreciate the flawless act by those horrifying characters. Good job.
Also, this film has a very good climax, almost unexpected.
This is my Halloween night movie. I have to say this movie is sick, disturbing, disgusting and absolutely fucked up.....and I enjoyed it! Adapted from the work of H.P. Lovecraft, this concerns two young med students experimenting with reanimating dead bodies. I'm guessing a lot of people will be turned off by some elements of it. One scene near the end in particular was so gross and disgusting, I had to laugh at how outrageous it is. One thing I have to point out is the score. It VERY obviously heavily borrows from Bernard Herrmann's score for Psycho that I'm a bit taken aback that he wasn't credited for it. Oh, well. But still is a nice, fun, B-movie horror Halloween treat.
I know I shouldn't get caught up on details like this, but how is John Kerry's head breathing and talking?
The head gives head. Ya...
Another great 80's horror film with some awesome gore. The story is passable, but it's the characters that make want to stay with the film. Herbert West is such a great characters in horror movie standards. See this film if you're into 80's horror movies, then I would say definitely see it. But hell, if you're into 80's horror, you have probably seen this cult film.
With a soundtrack that was obviously ripped from 'Psycho' and a story that was exceedingly silly this movie was beyond cheesy which was obviously intentional and made it quite a lot of fun. It wasn’t really hilarious but it was amusing to watch all of the bad effects and the crazy plot filled with over the top characters. Despite being ridiculous it actually did have a few good scares mostly because of how gruesome the gore was. Even though it was clearly fake, it was taken so far that it still grossed you out. If you go into this knowing it is not to be taken seriously it can be pretty entertaining.
A frontal lobotomy makes it so dads don't freak out when they see their grown daughters naked.
This is an ideal cult horror movie. It's campy without going overboard and has enough of a plot to stay involved. The last act does get slightly goofier than the rest of the film, but it works. This is really fun to watch for Halloween.
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- 13 Sins
- 100 Bloody Acres
- The ABCs of Death
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); 618-657 are not ordered yet.