H.P. Lovecraft, what a weird world he has created through his
writings. Unfortunately, Hollywood has done a horrendous job at translating the macabre
mind of this genius. Other than "From Beyond" and "In the Mouth of
Madness"; "Re-Animator" is the only other good Lovecraft inspire movie(
"From Beyond was done by "Re-Animator" producer Brian Yuzna) Last year's
release "Necronimicon" was horrible. From my understanding of Lovecraft's
writings (which at this point is limited), the imagery of his work is not always easily
translated by the limited vision known as Hollywood.
Re-Animator" is a true masterpiece in every area. You have a great story, excellent
actors, and awesome special effects. Very rarely do you get more than one of these
characteristics in horror movies today, let alone all three. I would definitely classify
"Re-Animator" as a classic, otherwise why would I put it on my all-time favorite
Please, if you do have anything
that you can contribute to this page to make it a more fitting tribute to this awesome
movie, I would greatly appreciate it.
Herbert West (Jeffery Combs) is a mad scientist
with an extreme messiah complex focused on cheating the gods of death. He has discovered a
serum which when injects in the brain of the recently deceased makes the dead stand up
and walk. Unfortunately, these are no longer our friends, relatives or loved ones, but
rather adrenaline-driven super killing zombies.
Realizing Herbert's potential, his professor Dr.
Hill (David Gile) has been keeping a close eye on his research. Hill is
determined to do whatever it takes to get his hands
on Herbert's discovery and steal credit for his work. While forcefully trying to
convince Herbert to turnover his findings, Hill's head is viciously separated from his body. Herbert
than decides that now is the time for the final test of his magical elixir
and re-animates Hill's head
Dr. Hill is still able to speak, even
without a voice box and lungs and continues to be psychically linked to his body,
which he controls to wreak havoc and seek his revenge. There's a scene where Barbara
Crampton is forced to have sex with Dr. Hill's head (only
available in the unrated version). Talk about
getting head, this is outrageous!!! This all leads to a bizarre ending with plenty of
zombies and gore galore. Followed up by the equally impressive sequel "Bride of the Re-Animator".
Based on a series of short stories by H.P.
Lovecraft entitled "Herbert West--Re-Animator" in the book
"Dagon and Other Macabre Tales".
"Re-Animator" is Stuart
Gordon directorial debut, he went on to work on "From Beyond" and "Robot
First envisioned as 13 half-hour
episodes to be sold into syndication or cable TV.
Jeffery Combs and Barbara
Crampton went on to star into another Lovecraft vehicle, "From Beyond".
The R-rated version is 8 minutes
longer than the unrated version, because of added dialog. The unrated version kept all the
gore, as well as, the perverse sex scene.
Both Brian Yuzna and Stuart
Gordon only recognize the unrated version as their "director's cut". Neither is
a big fan of the "R" version....but Stuart is more forgiving of this unmerciful
Just announced!!!! Brian Yuzna will be doing a third
Re-Animator film entitled "Beyond Re-Animator". More details
The school Herbert West attends
Miskatonic University, "Go Fighting Pods". ((Find
out about Chaosium Horror Role-Playing Game Cthulhu based on the writings of
Lovecraft by clicking on the MU logo))
Re-Animator is not available on
VHS (scheduled re-release on video Summer 2001) at this time, but the recent laserdisc and DVD releases by Elite Entertainment are
truly amazing. Commentary from the cast, Brian and Stuart, added "R" scenes, and
trailer. A must for any fan. It makes it worth owning a DVD player for this disc alone.
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