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Re-Animator (2 Disc Set + Highlighter) (1985)

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Cult Movies movie directed by Stuart Gordon

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Director: Stuart Gordon
1 review about Re-Animator (2 Disc Set + Highlighter) (1985)

'I had to kill him' 'You mean he's dead?' 'Not any more'

  • Nov 2, 2007
Thanks to my horror friends I've been corrupted to see this film. The one who had sat me down firmly and push this disc across the table was a man by the name of Chris... yes Chris Blackshere Why? Because he has feed the friendly pack his disgusting thought out recipe with this film. I have just seen "Re-animator" for the first time and thought why the 80's have to end. Horror movies are not made like this anymore and I enjoyed this film. I can see why the "Re-Animator" is an all-time great cult classic. It's a re-telling of the Frankenstein story that is simply out to provide a fun story, some good gore, and a wickedly droll sense of humor.

Based on a story by H. P. Lovecraft we have Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs), who is a scientist that has this dream. After testing his "Re-Animator" serum on a doctor in Switzerland, he comes to the USA hoping to try his experiments on the dead at Miskatonic University in Boston. He gets help from a young medical student named Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), who is seeing Megan Halsey (Barbara Crampton) who just happens to be the daughter of Dean Halsey (Robert Sampson), the dean of the university. Along the way Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale) gets involved and soon mayhem breaks out.

This should be considered standard viewing for any true horror fan--especially zombie film lovers. I tell you that cat scene had me rolling and I couldn't stop myself from laughing. This movie has all of the splendor and charm that came with 80's B-horror. There is lots of blood and gore, fantastic makeup and no questionable CGI. Bruce Abbott as the good doctor and Jeffrey Combs as the mad Re-animator himself are just so fun to watch on screen. Their arguments alone are entertaining. This film also features director Gordon's wife Carolyn Purdy-Gordon in a small role, and Arnold Schwarzenegger's body double, Gerry Black, as one of the first corpses to be re-animated. The only film that I've seen from Director Gordon was "Dolls" (1987) and thought it was a pretty decent and(personally) horrifying.

Other than that, "Re-animator" proves to be a great chemical balance between comedy and horror while politely stabbing you into a memorable experience. Thanks everyone.

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