Thursday, December 31, 2015


Re-Animator Movie Review

Mad scientist medical student Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) has found a way to bring the dead back to life. When his secret gets in the hands of the wrong person, mad scientist Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale), West must team with his roommate Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) to rescue Dan's girlfriend Megan (Barbara Crampton) from the grips of the evildoer. This 1985 schlockfest is very loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's novel Herbert West-Re-Animator while also being a comedic take on Frankenstein.. The craziness doesn't stop there--there's a talking severed head, a naked chick, a bunch of naked dudes, glow-stick looking formula, Arnold Schwarzenegger's body double, a dead cat that looks like it came straight form an Ed Wood set, and gallons upon gallons of fake blood.

Am I forgetting anything?

Make no mistake about it, this movie has tongue planted firmly in cheek, but to me, not much of the comedy is actually funny--you kind of need that for a comedy horror to work. Not that the actors do a bad job--on the contrary, they, for the most part, do an exceptional job with what they were given. Considering the relatively low budget the film had, the special effects and splatter scenes are pretty decent as well. The story moves pretty slow and really seems to have no direction at all throughout most of the movie. If you can stick it out, though, the final fifteen minutes of the movie are really well done. Re-Animator is undeniably considered a horror comedy classic, but for me there is nothing really spectacular about the movie. Watch it so you can say you've seen it, and for the fantastic finish.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 6

Re-Animator Red Band Movie Trailer

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