HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, A
This is a Hijack
Loved One, The
Jumanji: The Next Level
Krabi 2562
Call of the Wild, The
Diary of a Country Priest
Sea Fever
Throw Down
Grudge, The
Green Man, The
Specialists, The
Convoy
Romantic Comedy
Going Ape!
Rabid
Infinite Football
Little Women
Camino Skies
Ema
Another Shore
Cry Havoc
Legend of the Stardust Brothers, The
Mystery Team
Westward the Women
Demonwarp
Man Who Killed Don Quixote, The
Chloe
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Murder Inferno
Extraction
Overlanders, The
Can You Keep a Secret?
Women in Revolt
Astronaut
Peanut Butter Falcon, The
Ip Man 4: The Finale
Card, The
Bloodshot
Intruder, The
   
 
Newest Articles
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
The End of Civilisation as We Know It: The 50th Anniversary
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
Being Human: The Elephant Man on 4K UHD Blu-ray
It's! Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 3 on Blu-ray
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
Ozploitation Icon: Interview with Roger Ward
   
 
  Re-Animator A Good Doctor Knows When To Stop
Year: 1985
Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson, Gerry Black, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Peter Kent, Bunny Summers
Genre: Horror, ComedyBuy from Amazon
Rating:  8 (from 7 votes)
Review: Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is a kicked out of a Swiss university after his involvement in the death of his mentor. He is accepted into the Miskatonic University and allowed to continue his studies - but little do they know that West has discovered a serum that brings the dead back to life... with terrible consequences...

H.P. Lovecraft's tale of the undead was adapted for this quintessential eighties horror by William Norris, Dennis Paoli and the director, Stuart Gordon. Re-Animator's chief attractions are its extravagant gore scenes and its morbid sense of humour - a combination that made it an instant cult hit among zombie fans.

The excellent makeup effects aside, the film's strongest aspect is in the obsessive character of West, and Combs' enthusiastic playing. It becomes clear very quickly that the precocious student is not one of those mad scientists who is out to benefit mankind, oh no, his arrogance is such that he wishes to cheat death purely to satisfy his personal ambitions. His sheer cheek makes this antihero easy to champion, even if you wouldn't trust him as far as you could throw him (do you believe his explanation of how the cat died?).

Energetic and focused work all round mean that Re-Animator races along from set piece to set piece, but it's not perfect. It's indicative of the tone that the baddies are easily more engaging than the goodies - the sappy romance between West's roommate (Bruce Abbott) and the Dean's daughter (Barbara Crampton) is noticeably less interesting than the lust that West's rival Dr Hill (David Gale) harbours for her. All this culminates with a notoriously disgusting meeting between a severed head and naked woman. I'll say no more.

It's not all laughs and bloody slapstick - the drama ends on a sick joke on the lovers that, er, well, OK, it is all laughs and bloody slapstick - you just need a strong appreciation of the ridiculous. And, like all the best cult movies, there are choice, quotable lines such as "Who's going to believe you? You're just a talking head!" and "Overdose!" Music by Richard Band, which is basically a variation on Bernard Herrmann's theme for Psycho.

[The double disc Collector's Edition DVD has a wealth of extras, including two audio commentaries, a 70 minute featurette, interviews with the director, writer, composer, and a Fangoria editor, extended scenes, a trailer and TV spots, stills, posters and advertising, director biography, the script and H.P. Lovecraft's original story.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 8519 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Stuart Gordon  (1947 - )

American director of horror and sci-fi, who made his debut in 1985 with Re-Animator, following 15 years working in theatre in Chicago. This HP Lovecraft adaptation was a spectacular mix of chills, black comedy and inventive splatter, but while it still remains his best film, the likes of From Beyond, Dolls, The Pit and the Pendulum, Space Truckers and Dagon do have their moments. He followed these with the David Mamet adaptation Edmond and true crime-inspired Stuck. Gordon also wrote the story for the box office smash Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

 
Review Comments (2)
Posted by:
Stephanie Anderson
Date:
28 Jan 2011
  i intended on watching this, untill raelized its just THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE with reversed sex roles and some dirtier scenes.
       
Posted by:
Graeme Clark
Date:
28 Jan 2011
  Re-Animator has the advantage over The Brain in that it's supposed to be funny, plus Jeffrey Combs was never better.
       


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
  Hannah Prosser
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
  Rachel Franke
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: