Taboos? What are those? A perverse "mad doctor" tale. Creates a lot of humor out of making the audience uncomfortable. Even a crowd of inveterate horror fans squirms as some of their personal taboos are breached. Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West is delightfully focused and impervious to societal expectations and social conventions. A look at Sheldon Cooper if he'd pursued medicine rather than physics, perhaps?
Veramente bello;pioniere dell'horror classico anni'80, intriso di ironia e cosparso di uno splatter dosato a meraviglia.Gordon è grandioso nelle inquadrature e nella costruzione dell'action,crea un bel personaggio folle come il Dottor West e riesce ad effettuare un'ottima trasposizione del racconto di Lovecraft. Dà il via ad un lungo filone e sforna un vero cult per gli amanti del genere.Davvero notevole.4*
Saw this last night not having seen it in about 15 yrs. I still liked it but the comedy rang a bit desperate this time around as did the gore. Still this is way more enjoyable than most horror movies out today. The score (now out on green vinyl!!!) is the best thing about this movie.
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.