Recycled "Psycho" theme helps to create paranoid mood appropriate for subject of mad scientists and living corpses. It starts as a horror that relies on small details that can make a dead cat enough scary, but towards the end it leans on splatter fest and comedy. Because of that, it's a fun watch that is not supposed to be taken seriously as its source material aspirated to do; nothing more and nothing less.
Exploitative B-level horror was dime a dozen throughout the 80s, but Re-Animator manages to elevate itself above the competition with a hilarious script, committed performances and ambitious practical effects that help bring some truly off-beat scenes to life. Stuart Gordan has created a supremely well crafted film here, displaying the kind of technical prowess that should only be attainable for far bigger budgets.
The script is an erudite, batty ouroboros of foreshadowing, smut, and innuendo -- it's brilliant. Nigh a thing in this film should be changed. You'll be crying from laughter and puking at the same time, which we know is the goal of all High Art. The unique combination of fluids leaves quite a refreshing taste in your mouth.