||The Re-Animator Description
Herbert West (Jeffery Combs) has found the secret
to eternal life--or so he thinks. West needs fresh cadavers to
continue his experiments in the re-animation of dead tissue, so he
enlists the help of young medical student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott)
to steal bodies from the local morgue. Despite all the warning
signs of failure, the eccentric West's research continues. The
results are crazed zombies that roam the streets, severed heads
that talk, murder, madness, and chaos, all in the name of science,
of course. Director Stuart Gordon's film debut, an adaptation of
the short story by H.P. Lovecraft, is a masterpiece of ghoulish
fun. Graphic special effects, good scripting, and perfectly
over-the-top performances make RE-ANIMATOR a classic horror film
in the tradition of THE EVIL DEAD and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.
In Stuart Gordon's RE-ANIMATOR, a demented
medical student develops a serum that can bring human corpses back
to life, but the re-animated carcasses turn spastically violent in
this smart, gore-strewn, tongue-in-cheek schlocker based on a
story by H.P. Lovecraft.
Theatrical release: September 14, 1985.
RE-ANIMATOR was Stuart Gordon's first feature film after
establishing the Organic Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois.
The film is based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft.
Miskatonic University is an invention by H.P. Lovecraft and is
used in many of his works.
The film's main theme is an adaptation of Bernard Herrmann's score
"REANIMATOR has as much originality as it
has gore, and that's really saying something....A fast pace and a
good deal of grisly vitality..."
"What if we get caught?"--Dan Cain
"What'll they do? Embalm us?"--Herbert West (Jeffery
"Who's going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a
"...[The film] zips along, making full use
of the inventive effects..."
"...Everyone involved is
"...The movie itself remains eye-popping in
every sense of the phrase..."
||The Re-Animator Description
Eight months after the Miskatonic
Massacre, the experimenting team of Dr. West and Dr. Cain are up
to their old tricks. This time, instead of re-animating the dead,
they are going to create new life--in the form of a beautiful
composite companion for good doctor West. But can they control
their grisly inventions? Available in "R" and unrated
Gore-filled sequel to the cult favorite
"Re-Animator." Here, the demented Dr. West creates a
beautiful woman for himself, using assorted, bloody, body parts.
But when Dr. West's other re-animated creations stage an assault
upon West, gore and blood (to the extreme) are the result. Will
the doctor and his bride live happily ever after?
Shot in Foto-Kem color, using Ultra-Stereo.
Special makeup and visual effects were also done by Screaming Mad
George. Supervisors for Magical Media Industries are John Carl
Buechler and Anthony Doublin; for KNB EFX, Robert Kurtzman, Greg
Nicotero and Howard Berger.
David Allen was in charge of stop-motion animation. Special
mechanical effects by Wayne Beauchamp.
Rest of the cast were Fabiana Udenio (Francesca) and Irene Forrest
"...[The film] has a saving wit and style
and overall sheer outrageousness that's just right for the
midnight circuit....The sequel is every bit as amusing as the
||Beyond Re-Animator Description
The third RE-ANIMATOR film finds Dr.
Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) getting out of jail after fourteen
years for inadvertently killing a young girl as a result of one of
his experiments. During his time on the inside, West continued to
perfect his methods on rats. When a young doctor who is aware of
West's discoveries, becomes the new prison M.D., he asks West to
help him on a project he is working on. Before long, dead bodies
are being reanimated left and right, and the prison walls are
running red with blood! Director Brian Yuzna brings back copious
amounts of the pitch black comedy and bright red splatter that
fans of the series have come to expect.