Re-Animator (1985)

Directed By: Stuart Gordon

Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson

Subgenre: Science Fiction, Zombies, Horror Comedy

Re-animator

Synopsis: Dr Herbert West had discovered the formula for reanimating the recently dead.

Thoughts: We’ve seen humor infused into the horror genre since its inception, but it seems to be a rarity for it to be done well.  In my eyes, Re-Animator is one of the best examples out there.  The 80s were a great time for really gory horror movies infused with dark humor.  Give me a night of Dead Alive, Evil Dead 2 and this, and I am happy.

The main reason that Re-Animator “works” is Jeffrey Combs portrayal of Dr Herbert West.  He is easily a top 5 horror character, second only to Ash in my book.  His deadpan lines are outstanding and he really makes the movie. The rest of the cast is great as well, and I would be a damn fool not to mention the beautiful Barbara Crampton, who plays an important part in one of the most memorable scenes ever.  If you’ve watched Re-Animator, you know what I am talking about, if not, what the hell are you waiting for?

Director Stuart Gordon is an obvious fan of H.P. Lovecraft as most of his movies are based on his works, although infused with quite a bit more sex.  His works include Dagon, From Beyond and Castle Freak, but Re-Animator remains my favorite.  Other than a couple of Masters of Horror episodes, Gordon hasn’t done a lot lately.  I’d love to see him revisit the Re-Animator universe.

Re-Animator is an absolute 80s classic and a must see for horror fans. If this has somehow avoided your radar, do yourself a favor and seek it out.

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Comments
  1. I could watch Jeffrey Combs read the telephone book. He’s that good.

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