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Solid horror film that while doesn't reach the brilliance of "Re-Animator", still provides plenty of chills. The cast is solid across the board, with Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton almost playing the opposite roles from "Re-Animator" (Combs's Crawford wants to end the experiment while Crampton's McMichaels keeps pushing the limits). The addition of the great Ken Foree is always a plus as well. Behind the camera, Stuart Gordon makes a solid adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft, despite the lack of material from the source (by his own admission, the film's prologue covers the original short story). However, it doesn't quite have the fun and originality of "Re-Animator", while some of the optical effects haven't aged as well (the practical and make-up effects are still brilliant). Overall, a solid horror movie and still one of the better Lovecraft adaptations, but not the classic like their previous work.
Insane, gooey, and amazing.
Like the gloriously grotesque special effects, this deliriously disgusting hybrid is less slick than it is sloppy in how it fuses body horror, sadomasochism, and metaphysical/theological satire—the monstrous Dr. Pretorious asking to be prodded like the risen Christ to doubting Thomas; the enlarged pineal gland, the Cartesian seat of the soul, protruding like a phallic clitoris—though the result is nonetheless equal parts hilarious, exhilarating, and revolting.
Happy birthday to that inveterate racist yet ingenious writer, HP Lovecraft.
Kinky sex and brain sucking. Whats not to like about Stuart Gordon's brilliant follow up to Re-Animator.
Memorable kills and a unique plot makes this film stand out
Great pacing, acting and amazing effects. Everything you'd want from an 80s scifi horror.
Gooey and graphic, like “The Fly” on acid with some mildly pornographic overtones. A must see for aficionados of 1980s practical special effects.
One of my favorite adaptations. Great short story!
It was interesting seeing Jeffrey Combs as the hero, feels like a spiritual sequel to Re-Animator.
great movie almost as good as reanimator