Really Bloody Good Fun
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.Read full review