Classic 80's alternative horror film from director Stuart Gordon adapting (loosely) a story by H.P. Lovecraft. Jeffery Combs created a most excellent character in Herbert West and the other leads also elevate the material past its pulpy origins. Though made on a limited budget the effects work well in context. 'Who's going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow'.
I like how gore can take you away from reality to make you shiver on made up truth for the screen. However, Re-Animator didn't make it for me. It has a lot of potencial, but I think it is too out there. More subtle scenes and suspense would make an even scarier cinema.
Some seriously ridiculous and highly entertaining shit. During the disembodied head cunnilingus scene, all I could think of was Kevin Spacey and Wes Bentley in American Beauty smoking a joint and giggling over it. Oh, and how fucked up it was. While Re-Animator isn't a particularly good movie, its definitely a fun one.
one day i prayed to jesus that i would get to see a severed head attempt cunnilingus on a woman who posed for playboy and the next day i saw "re-animator" before jesus turned it into a fish which i then ate.
Darkly humorous and madhouse bonkers, Re-Animator is among the very best comedic-horror films of all time. Actually, in terms of being purely depth-less entertainment, it's rarely bettered. Combs creates one of the most memorable characters in horror, and Crampton is an endearing female during some of the most stand-out scenes of absurdity. Simply B-film genius, Re-Animator remains essential viewing for both genres.