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|Display Format:||2-Disc Limited Edition; Includes "Syringe" Highlighter|
|Leading Role:||Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson|
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What can I say, I’ve been a total horror buff since I was a kid growing up in the 80’s (perfect time to be a horror movie loving child), but somehow I missed this one.
A friend showed it to me a few years ago and it just stuck in my head (get it!, get it!!).
During my last round of ebaying I got the Millennium edition (VERY cool, tons of extra features) for a very modest price, that was like two weeks ago and I’ve watched the movie at least once a night since.
If you like H.P. Lovecraft’s work, the movie of course differs a bit from the original book Herbert West: Re-Animator published in 1922, but mostly it was just updating things to more modern times and the specifications of how West looks. Overall I thought it still stayed very true to the whole feel of ‘Lovecraftian Horror’.
Jeffrey Coombs is quite outstanding as Herbert West, an overly self confident, smug little scientist who manages to creep me out in scene after scene either by the way he delivers his dialogue or little movements of his face or body language. I’m absolutely in love with this movie.
West is driven to make his ‘Re-Agent’ work at all costs, even that of his schooling and later on in the series even his freedom. Employing the work of fellow med student Dan Cain (awesome supporting role by Bruce Abbott), West steals, blackmails and kills his way to what he wants. Only one thing, he can’t seem to make the Re-Animated come back without being homicidally violent. Hmmm…. Those pesky details. :)
Also starring Barbara Crampton as Megan Halsey, David Gale as Dr. Carl Hill and Robert Sampson as Dean Halsey. All do a very good job in their roles; I particularly liked David Gale’s acting.
Directed by Stuart Gordan, produced by Brian Yuzna, this movie is a classic 80’s horror with tons of blood, nudity and general mayhem. Differs from other 80’s horrors in that it’s doesn’t have that hokey comedy that’s in so many old horrors of the time, it’s still there, but most humor is quite sardonic and delivered very dry (loved it). Bonuses are a well written script, far above average acting and above average directing combined for an outstanding movie. One of my favorites now, if you consider yourself a horror fan, this is a must see for sure. No questions about it now! Go! You’ll be glad you did.
Side note about the different editions
The Millennium Edition by Elite Entertainment is the best set in the price vs. features column; I got mine for eight dollars which I found quite reasonable. Director commentary, commentary by all major cast, tons of interviews, 16 extended scenes, one deleted scene and quite a bit more, it’s a good one. True fans (which in these two short weeks I have undeniably become) will most likely want to shoot for the Anchor Bay Collection with the limited edition Re-Agent syringe highlighter. If you can get one of these babies brand new go for it, to give you an idea of good prices, I got mine at a local Hastings (movie/book/music store) for 17 dollars. It comes with everything the Millennium Edition has plus the LE highlighter and an exclusive 70 minute featurette called RE-ANIMATOR RESURRECTUS.
Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton star
in Stuart Gordon's 1985 horror film. A medical student
helps a mad scientist who discovers a way of bringing
back the dead. This is definitely one of horror's best
and Jeffrey's great as Herbert West. This 2-disc set
has good picture and sound plus cool extras. Get
H. P. Lovecraft, as a writer, is an acquired taste. His writing stule is often dull, though occasionally he wrote stories with real impact. His best fiction, as a rule, has translated into mediocre (at best) films. Conversely, his dullest stories are often transformed into really entertaining motion pictures.
Re-Animator is one of this latter type of film. The short story, "Herbert West -- The Re-Animator," is, pardon the pun, relatively lifeless, but the film it was the basis for is really outstanding. As a rule, Lovecraft was humorless; this film if full of laughs, though of the dark variety. Jeffrey Combs was born to play Herbert West, whose obsession about perfecting a solution that would revitalize dead tissue is a central theme of the film. Placing him in an academic research environment, including having an adversary who wishes to steal credit for West's work, makes it all the more enjoyable.
This is hardly a family film (save perhaps for the Addams Family), but it is most certainly entertaining to grownups. A new viewer ought to prepare him or herself to see more than a little gore and violence.
Worth repeat viewings, which, of course, is the only rfeason to buy a copy.
Medical student Dan Cain(Bruce Abbot) has a new roommate and classmate, Herbert West (Jeffery Combs). Mr. West's has a bizarre obsession with attempting to bring back the dead, and it works...to a point. The Re-animated come back as blood thirsty zombies and they're after Dan Girlfriend. This movie is a classic and a must see for any fan of horror, it has a flawless combination of gore and gags (as in jokes) and is exciting throughout.
H.P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator is one of the greatest 80's horror films created. Sticking very closely to H.P. Lovecraft's series of short stories, "Herbert West: Re-Animator", this tale of giving life to dead flesh does resemble and pay homage to Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" but with a much more comical and graphic twist. Very gory, very satirical, great directing and a superb cast round out a great horror film with a different presentation than the norm. This film also spawned 3 sequals, "Bride of Re-Animator", "Beyond Re-Animator" and the in-production "House of Re-Animator"
Jeffrey Combs is unbelievably good as the blunt, sarcastic Dr. West. If you are a Jeffrey Combs fan and have not scene Re-Animator then what are you waiting for? Go buy this now!!
The Millennium Edition is the best version of the film providing unrated uncut version of the film with great extras including commentary with the cast that provides good insights to the development process. It's a shame that a limited number were produced but it is well worth the price to pay online.