Re-Animator (1985)

DailyView: Day 170, Movie 251

Based loosely on the H.P. Lovecraft 1922 serial novelette, “Herbert West- Re-Animator”, Re-Animator is a classic horror/comedy from the mid-1980s that is full of gore and bizarre horror that was directed by Stuart Gordon.

Mad scientists always seems to be mucking around with life and death and it never turns out well.

Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) arrived in New England after a horrific incident in Switzerland. He has an experiment that he is continuing which will attempt to reanimate dead tissue. West recruits Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) into joining his project. Cain’s fiancé Megan (Barbara Crampton) was the daughter of the Dean of the college they were working at and offered some unexpected advantages.

When Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale) discovered the results of West’s serum, used to reanimate corpses, he went to blackmail West into giving up his research. Dr. Hill did not quite see what was going to happen as he wound up carrying his own decapitated head.

The movie is wild and shockingly gory. The story itself is simplistic and straight forward. Mad scientists never work out well. However, it is clear that all of the doctors/scientists involved here have motives that are not exactly what is best for the patients. None of the victims come back better than before they died. It turns into a horrible monster movie with zombie-like creature all over the place.

I could see how this could become a fast cult classic. It has that late night crowd feel to it. I’m not sure 100% why, but I was getting a Rocky Horror Picture Show vibe to this.

This is one of the most successful adaptations of any of H.P. Lovecraft’s works. It was followed by several sequels and a rebooted film.

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