Re-Animator (1985)

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Critic Consensus: Perfectly mixing humor and horror, the only thing more effective than Re-Animator's gory scares are its dry, deadpan jokes.


Movie Info

Scientist Herbert West has discovered a fluid which brings living tissue back to life. After the death of his professor, West moves to a new university to continue his research. He involves a fellow student and the student's fiancée in his research by experimenting on their dead cat. Dan, fascinated by West's research, agrees to smuggle him into the hospital morgue...

Rating: R
Genre: Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: H.P. Lovecraft, Dennis Paoli, William J. Norris, Stuart Gordon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 10, 1997
Runtime:
Empire Pictures

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as Herbert West

as Dan Cain

as Megan Halsey

as Dean Halsey

as Dr. Carl Hill

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Critic Reviews for Re-Animator

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (7)

It's simply the best, funniest Grand Guignol horror picture to come along in ages.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Oh, those crazy doctors, when will they ever learn to stop messing around with the natural order of life and death?

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It's this kind of flat-footed stuff that gives garbage a bad name.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Pic has a grisly sense of humor, and sometimes is so gross and over the top the film tips over into a bizarre comedy.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

The injection of humour into HP Lovecraft's 1922 tale is what saves this splatterfest from being mere fodder for gorehounds.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

a retelling of Frankenstein with a psychosexual spin... an infectiously fun foray into science at its most insane and least ethical, as the mind's higher goals are repeatedly driven by the body's basest desires.

Full Review… | January 14, 2015
FilmLand Empire

Audience Reviews for Re-Animator

½

With this, his first film, Stuart Gordon made a campy horror classic of the '80s that we could watch again and again and never get tired, offering us great effects in a gory plot full of memorable moments and with a spot-on dry humor that blends in perfectly with the rest.

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Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Herbert West: You'll never get credit for my discovery. Who's going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow.

"Herbert West Has A Very Good Head On His Shoulders... And Another One In A Dish On His Desk"

Re-Animator definitely is deserving of the high praise it has received. It's definitely more of a cult horror film then anything else, with a lot of campy acting, loads of blood and disgusting images, and an amazing and bizarre character in Herbert West. I've been meaning to get to this film for a long time and I'm glad I finally gave it a look. It's a fun and interesting movie, and may be the closest to perfection a film has come in nailing the mad scientist character.

Herbert West, a young medical student, arrives at the same University as students Dan and Megan. Both are extremely dedicated to their work and studies. This is all interrupted though by the arrival of West, who moves into Dan's apartment. Soon, Dan and Megan realize that the experiments West is doing are not the average students experiments. He's bringing back dead animals and before long, maybe human beings as well.

I loved Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West. He's really what made this movie so great. His performance is definitely campy and bizarre, but it also is a great mad scientist performance; maybe even one of the best ever. The movie was only going to be as good as this character was presented and the direction of Stuart Gordon and the performance from Combs bring out the most in Lovecraft's interesting mad scientist.

This is obviously one that I can't recommend enough to all horror and film fans alike. It's a movie that is really rewarding because of how fun and well done it is, while appearing to be nothing more than a B-movie, cult film. Re-Animator is a classic of the horror genre and will stand as an important film in the genre. 

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, this is a wild, gruesome, and surprisingly solid 80s horror film.

With a strong sense of black humor, the story here follows a warped scientist's experiments with a serum that can reanimate dead tissue, and bring it back to life, whether its a whole body, or just bits and pieces. Things start off well enough (as well as something like this could I suppose), but quickly get out of control when the serum gets into the wrong hands.

There have been some whacked out zombie films before, but none are quite like this. This features tons of gore, nudity, and jaw dropping moments (the best of which was briefly referenced in American Beauty, among other places), but it's not just a spectacle driven piece. It's tightly written and paced, done with intelligence, and care, and, aside from a few cheesy tongue-in-cheek moments, is pretty legit as a horror film.

It's definitely got more cult than mainstream appeal, but that's probably to be expected. I mean, this film doesn't hold back, and, even though it isn't for everyone, if you want something really twisted, sick, but still entertaining and fun, then definitely give this a look.

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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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