That's what I call a brilliant adaptation of a myth. Take Frankenstein rewritten by Lovecraft and then adapted to the 1980's and you get some good gore/zombie-ish flick. With not so good actors, and make-up/special effects looking old now, it could deserve only 3/5 but this is a major movie !
The effects where good for the budget, Jeffery Combs wasn't as good as I expected, the script felt rushed, Megan was the most developed character and she got reduced to an object in a super gross scene. I liked the first 2 minutes before the credits better than the rest of the movie. Maybe I'll enjoy "Bride" more, Screaming Mad George's effects are sure to be impressive.
Few directors can claim such a perfect film as their debut. Stuart Gordon has made many solid genre films since Re-Animator (Dolls, Castle Freak and Stuck being my personal favourites) but none surpass that perfect blend of of humour and gore attained here. In a decade filled with horror classics, Re-Animator stands as one of the greats.
Pure pulpy fun! Numerous, "Did I just see what I saw," moments that are able to shock and delight audiences even by today's jaded standards. This is thoroughly enjoyable and wildly entertaining - which is something that modern horror, with its sole intent to either disgust or brutalize audiences, has forgotten is essential.