ReAnimator Movie Review, Story, Facts

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Deep Drak Thoughts about Reanimator Movie

H.P. Lovecraft, what a weird world he has created through his writings. Unfortunately, Hollywood has done a horrendous job at translating the macabre mind of this genius. Other than “From Beyond” and “In the Mouth of Madness”; “Re-Animator” is the only other good Lovecraft inspire movie( “From Beyond was done by “Re-Animator” producer Brian Yuzna) Last year’s release “Necronimicon” was horrible. From my understanding of Lovecraft’s writings (which at this point is limited), the imagery of his work is not always easily translated by the limited vision known as Hollywood.

“H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator” is a true masterpiece in every area. You have a great story, excellent actors, and awesome special effects. Very rarely do you get more than one of these characteristics in horror movies today, let alone all three? I would definitely classify “Re-Animator” as a classic, otherwise, why would I put it on my all-time favorite list.

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Reanimator Story

Reanimator Story
Reanimator Story

Herbert West (Jeffery Combs) is a mad scientist with an extreme messiah complex focused on cheating the gods of death. He has discovered a serum which when injects in the brain of the recently deceased makes the dead stand up and walk. Unfortunately, there are no longer our friends, relatives or loved ones, but rather adrenaline-driven super killing zombies.

Realizing Herbert’s potential, his professor Dr. Hill (David Gile) has been keeping a close eye on his research. Hill is determined to do whatever it takes to get his hands on Herbert’s discovery and steal credit for his work. While forcefully trying to convince Herbert to turn over his findings, Hill’s head is viciously separated from his body. Herbert than decides that now is the time for the final test of his magical elixir and re-animates Hill’s head and body.

Dr. Hill is still able to speak, even without a voice box and lungs and continues to be psychically linked to his body, which he controls to wreak havoc and seek his revenge. There’s a scene where Barbara Crampton is forced to have sex with Dr. Hill’s head (only available in the unrated version). Talk about getting head, this is outrageous!!! This all leads to a bizarre ending with plenty of zombies and gore galore. Followed up by the equally impressive sequel “Bride of the Re-Animator”.

Based on a series of short stories by H.P. Lovecraft entitled “Herbert West–Re-Animator” in the book “Dagon and Other Macabre Tales”.

Reanimator Frightful Facts

  • “Re-Animator” is Stuart Gordon directorial debut, he went on to work on “From Beyond” and “Robot Jox”.
  • First envisioned as 13 half-hour episodes to be sold into syndication or cable TV.
  • Jeffery Combs and Barbara Crampton went on to star into another Lovecraft vehicle, “From Beyond”.
  • The R-rated version is 8 minutes longer than the unrated version, because of added dialog. The unrated version kept all the gore, as well as, the perverse sex scene.
  • Both Brian Yuzna and Stuart Gordon only recognize the unrated version as their “director’s cut”. Neither is a big fan of the “R” version….but Stuart is more forgiving of this unmerciful cut.
  • Just announced!!!! Brian Yuzna will be doing a third Re-Animator film entitled “Beyond Re-Animator”. More details to follow.
  • The school Herbert West attends Miskatonic University, “Go Fighting Pods”. ((Find out about Chaosium Horror Role-Playing Game Cthulhu based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft by clicking on the MU logo))
  • Re-Animator is not available on VHS (scheduled re-release on video Summer 2001) at this time, but the recent laserdisc and DVD releases by Elite Entertainment are truly amazing. Commentary from the cast, Brian and Stuart, added “R” scenes, and trailer. A must for any fan. It makes it worth owning a DVD player for this disc alone.
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  • The Special Edition DVD of “Bride of the Re-Animator” is now available.

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