Here's Michelle's review of Re-Animator.
|"Everyone is doing it!"|
Re-Animator is a loose adaptation of a H.P. Lovecraft’s short story about lunatic, Herbert West. Director Stuart Gordon is a huge fan of Lovecraft’s bibliography and made several other films based on West's work. This scientist, played by Jeffrey Combs, discovers an injected formula that can bring the dead back to the land of the living. As to be expected, things that have been dead for a while are pissed off when their sleep is interrupted.
|"Head. Get some."|
The writing is amusing and there is gallows humor thrown in at every opportunity. There's just something sinfully funny about watching a man slam a zombified black cat against the wall and seeing it explode all over the place. I’m going to hell for laughing but I just can’t help myself.
Everything is adeptly filmed and it looks higher budget than it actually was. The make-up and special effects were well done (especially on the autopsy scenes) and there are some truly macabre moments. Eyes are gouged out, fingers bitten off, guts ripped out, brains splattered all over the place and other fun endeavors. Carnage lovers will be in a bloody and drippy paradise and will most likely have a blast. This film is a cult classic and beloved by many horror fans; it’s one of the best B movies of the ’80s.