Re-Animator (1985)

Movie Title: Re-Animator

Year Released: 1985

Rated: Unrated

Runtime: 1h 45min

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi,

Director: Stuart Gordon

Writer: Dennis Paoli, William Norris, and Stuart Gordon

Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson, Gerry Black, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Peter Kent, Barbara Pieters, Ian Patrick Williams, Bunny Summers, Al Berry

Review: Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) is a dedicated med student with a bright future ahead of him. But when Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs, who's just the best!) becomes his new roommate they begin a series of bizarre experiments re-animating dead tissue. And the results are best! Based on the H.P. Lovecraft story, Re-Animator is a hysterically funny over-the-top gore-fest that knows exactly what it is and how far to push the boundaries of "good taste". Bruce Abbott is a likable lead, Barbara Crampton is very game for what her character has to endure, and David Gale and the great Jeffrey Combs chew the scenery like a couple of beavers turned loose in an Amish furniture store. This movie is extreme in every way! I cannot stress to you enough just how far this movie goes. I've seen so many movies and when I watch Re-Animator I still can't believe some of the things I'm seeing. It's Unrated for a reason. The gore, the violence, the nudity, the humor, the acting, the whole movie is so crazy that you'll either bust a gut from laughing or hiding your eyes from the blood and guts. And you'll never look at a severed head the same way after spending time with the Re-Animator. It's funny and it should be, and I love it!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: The special effects department went through twenty-five gallons of fake blood during the shoot.


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