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"Deep within the morgue at Miskatonic University, madman Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) introduces fellow graduate student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) to his formula for the re-animation of fresh corpses. Get ready to experience one of the most outrageously inventive, over-the-top classic horror films of all time"--Container.
Publisher: Chatsworth, Calif. : Image Entertainment, [2012]
Call Number: DVD F REAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Alternative Title: H. P. Lovecraft's Re-animator


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Oct 25, 2019

Re-Animator is a total blast. It's one of my favorite cult horror films, and while it's not very scary, is dated and sometimes deviates from H.P. Lovecraft's original writings, it makes up for some cartoonishly fun gore effects, cheesy music, ridiculous setpieces, witty dialogue and a enjoyable performace of Herbert West by Jeffery Combs.

Of course, it's not a film for everyone. Re-Animator isn't for the squeamish, children, the easily offended or humorless, sanctimonious, crybaby film 'critics' on public library websites who'd rather shame the film's crew and people enjoying it rather than offer any thoughtful critique (looking at you two down below, heh heh).

Re-Animator isn't an amazing film by any means, but it's total fun to watch and if you can stomach the gore and overall cheese, I highly suggest watching it.

Sep 23, 2019

Ho-hum! Yep. Here we go again, folks!

From start to finish - 1985's "Re-Animator" was your typical SyFy/Horror picture that, indeed, took itself way-way too seriously for its own good.

It was so plainly clear with this one's utterly preposterous story that the scriptwriters judged its audience to be just a bunch of insatiable idiots who didn't have the brainpower to logically think things through.

With its old-school, pre-CGI gore effects and every actor seeming to be deliberately putting in their worst character portrayal imaginable - "Re-Animator" was a complete waste of time. I kid you not.

Sep 23, 2019

Judging by the nasty tone of the snot-nosed comments made below, it sure looks to me like a certain someone else needs to be brushing up on their sense of humour/humor/humur, as well..... Perhaps they need to seek some "professional help" on this matter, or else get a life.

And, anyone (in their right mind) who would give this horror-rubbish more than a 2-star rating has to be watching it through the haze of rose-colored glasses, remembering it from many, many years ago.

If you think this movie wasn't funny, you need to exercise your humorous sense. Combs' deadpan performance made him a horror icon, and no less a critic than Joe Bob Briggs chose this very movie to be part of his legendary Last Drive-In Marathon on Shudder. A genre must-see if you want to understand the history of horror. (Also check out Sleepaway Camp for a great slasher flick.)

Jun 07, 2019

A fake blood and fake guts gory dumb CULT movie.. just a stupid plot, acting and gore.

I saw it back in 1985 and thought it was ok... in 2019... my thoughts above. HALF hip snap or 1/2 star

May 20, 2019

Re-Animator is a underappreciated horror movie in my opinion. It's gory with some bits of comedy, after seeing it on order here I can't wait to hear other people's opinion on a movie I have been a fan of for 5 years (Met the cast at Calgary Horror Con as well in 2015)

Apr 30, 2018

The mark of a good gory movie is when movie producers are content not to make it a franchise. Alas, I studied electrical engineering at university; if only I had gone to med school I wouldn't have felt so far out of my depth watching this piece of highbrow entertainment. For instance, it was completely beyond me how the professor's head was able to speak when his trachea was no longer connected to his lungs, doesn't air have to pass through the vocal cords to make a person's voice audible? I particularly liked the droll humor of the security guard in the basement hallway, "Don't know why they keep locked doors around here; nobody wants in, and ain't nobody gettin' out!" But why would a teaching hospital require an armed guard outside it's mortuary door, are they worried that cadavers would get stolen? Why don't they just issue keys to the key faculty members? Anyhow, I'm glad that guard was among the few characters to escape alive after that gory chain of events unfolded. My main criticisms? I think that a movie with such a strong, inspired plot didn't need nearly so much gratuitous nudity to hold the audience's attention. This sexism could have been redeemed if the dean Halsey's daughter, Megan, had turned the tables on Herbert West and avenged the death of her beloved cat. I was also very annoyed at composer(?) Richard Band's all-strings score - a blatant plagiarism of Bernard Herman's "Psycho" score! Band could have passed it off as a tongue-in-cheek homage to Herman had he written some original music and confined himself to that "shriek . . shriek . . shriek" shower scene dissonance while the reanimated cadavers jumped from their gurneys and mayhem ensued in the Miskatonic mortuary. All that aside, I give this movie an overall B+.

Apr 17, 2018

Classic !!!!!!!!

Nov 02, 2017

This movie has little to do with the short story outside of the basic premise, but it's still a fun, goofy, and gory horror classic.

May 08, 2017

Re-Animator is splatter heaven. Based on the sci-fi novel by H.P. Lovecraft, Re-Animator's gore is exceeded only by its wit.

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