Re-Animator (1985)

Article 5043 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 1-8-2016
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Featuring Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
Country: USA
What it is: Wild Lovecraft adaptation

A new student to Miskatonic U. discovers a green fluid that can bring the dead back to life… but with messy results.

Whatever else you can say about this over-the-top gore comedy, it seems to have staked out its own notorious place in film history. However, as much as I would like to see more H.P. Lovecraft adapted to the screen, this does seem a far cry from the type of horror I would expect from him, and I suspect he would have been rather appalled by this one, especially with the sex. The gore here is a force to be reckoned with; however, I must admit that I really didn’t laugh much, though there are a number of rather witty cinematic moments. However, I have to admit overall that I was a bit disappointed by this one; I’m not sure what I was hoping to find here, but I never quite found it. My favorite joke – Herbert West figures out a way to keep a decapitated head upright in a tray.


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