Rating 8 out of 10
Director - Stuart Gordon
Jeffery Combs - Herbert West
Bruce Abbott - Daniel Cain
Barbara Crampton - Megan Halsey
David Gale - Dr. Carl Hill
Robert Sampson - Dean. Alan Halsey
Hey all you tortured souls, Happys back in the dungeon tonight to bring you one of my altime favourite movis.
Re-Animator is one of those super-duper-holy-shit-WTF horror movies. You know the kind. It's a movie that if you didn't see it in the theaters, you had to see on video( like your old pal happy did), Or, as is the case now in the 21st century thanks to Anchor Bay, on DVD. And you may not see it right away since it isn't a name brand like a Freddy or Michael Myers, or with the pedigree of Sam Raimi. You have to look into finding this one . But once you see it, it's another reminder of how sick and twisted and hilarious a film can be when its creators keep logic dangling by a thread - sure, some of this is logical, but that's after setting up the 'fact' that people can come back to life by some weird green liquid that one isn't really sure how it's made but, hey, it's Herbert West so maybe you just don't want to know...
|No one going to believe a talking head, get a job at a sideshow|
This is the stuff 'cult' is made of in the film world. You watch it and realize as you're laughing and cringing that you're almost part of a club when watching this. It's a splatter-fest, coupling the gore of a B (or Z) grade horror movie with some of the dread one maybe found in the original Lovecraft story. Some of the movie is just too bizarre and weird to totally qualify as comedy, or some of it just so much that it goes even further (or at least toe-to-toe) than its other 1985 zombie-comedy, Return of the Living Dead. But probably the best assets to make it crazy-funny as opposed to just crazy is David Gale as Carl Hill (mostly after he's a severed head and body, doing more campy takes than one could ever ask for outside of Bela Lugosi), and Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West. Combs is so good here at projecting this determined, insane but almost admirably passionate *scientists* that it's a shame that he only has one other stand-out performance - as a crazy agent in the Frighteners.