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Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator is one of the greatest ‘80s horror movies of all time. No other horror flick up until that point successfully combined gore, horror, and humor quite like that movie did. There were horror movies that were intentionally funny (like Motel Hell for example), but what made Re-Animator special and original is that it took the fear of death and poked fun at it. Blood and guts are now funny thanks to director Stuart Gordon. The idea that something disturbing like a severed limb or a dead body could actually be funny still fascinates me. I have Re-Animator to thank for that.
- Joshua Lightfoot
Stuart Gordon’s debut feature, Re-Animator, isn’t just one of the best horror movies of the 1980s, but also one of the few rare perfect horror comedies ever made. Alongside Evil Dead 2, the original Re-Animator essentially helped invent the splatstick subgenre and announced Gordon as one of the most exciting voices in horror, plus, it turned genre royalty Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton into stars overnight. There’s almost no way it could be outdone in its sequel, 1990’s Bride of Re-Animator, though it’s not for lack of trying.
Brian Yuzna, producer of the first film, stepped into the director’s chair for the follow-up, which finds med student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) and Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) escaping to Peru months after the bloody and tragic events of Re-Animator. They continue to conduct their reanimation experiments on soldiers injured and killed in the midst of a bloody civil war, »
- Patrick Bromley
By Kevin Scott
Re-Animator is one of those films that has risen above the sum of its parts to become an eclectic and in many ways, untouchable classic. Trying to replicate it would be as much of a fool’s game as anyone could expect it to be. Let’s face it, casting, special effects, and a general visceral, gut wrenching quirkiness made it unforgettable.
That lead in was necessary to transition as smoothly as possible to its sequel Bride of Re-Animator. Much debated as to its worthiness to the original. My feeling has always been that much like the sequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, “Re-Animator” become self -aware, and went into the direction of camp by capitalizing on the captivating weirdness of Jeffrey Combs, and some seriously amped up gore by a militia of special effects power players.
The story begins with our anti-heroes, Dr. West (Jeffrey Combs) and Dr. »
April 12th is a good day to be a genre fan, as we have several great releases coming our way this Tuesday. Arrow Films has put together the definitive edition of the cult classic Bride of Re-Animator that is filled to the brim with all sorts of awesomeness, and Scream Factory is taking us to the Village of the Damned with their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray as well as a double feature of Destroyer and Edge of Sanity.
If you missed it in theaters, now you can finally catch up with The Forest as it arrives on both formats Tuesday. If you’ve been holding out on adding It Follows to your home entertainment collection, there’s a new steelbook edition coming out this week that looks great and we’re also finally getting Flight 7500 on DVD April 12th.
Other notable releases include Where the Devil Dwells, Medousa, and Schramm. »
- Heather Wixson
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, David Gale, Kathleen Kinmont, Mel Stewart, Irene Cagen, Michael Strasser, Mary Sheldon | Written by Rick Fry, Woody Keith | Directed by Brian Yuzna
It’s been almost two years since I reviewed Second Sight’s release of Re-Animator on Blu-ray. Now we have the release of Bride of Re-Animator – this time from the UK’s kings of cult, Arrow Video. Will they give this gore filled classic the treatment it deserves?
Bride of Re-Animator continues the story of Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) who like any good Frankenstein like character has returned home to continue his re-animation of dead corpses. With the help of Dr. Dan Cain (Bruce Abbot) who has also returned they are building a woman. With Lt. Chapham (Claude Earl Jones) on their trail though will history repeat itself?
- Paul Metcalf
Bride of Re-Animator, 1989.
Directed by Brian Yuzna.
Herbert West and his assistant Dan Cain discover how to re-animate dead tissue from individual body parts and set about creating their own ‘perfect’ woman.
Right then, now we’re talking. You can forget all of that found footage, melting ghost face, jump-scare-every-few-minutes nonsense that passes for horror at the moment as Arrow Video are bringing out the big guns with this dual format special edition of Bride of Re-Animator, Brian Yuzna’s sequel to Stuart Gordon’s horror comedy classic Re-Animator.
Despite being based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West – Reanimator short story, Re-Animator was essentially Frankenstein retold for the 1980s, with Jeffrey Combs’ Herbert West chillingly close to Peter Cushing’s matter-of-fact take on Baron Frankenstein and played totally serious against a backdrop of absurdity and over-the-top splatter. »
- Amie Cranswick
It doesn't leave stains, it tastes great... and it slithers behind the refrigerator door. Last year, The Stuff celebrated its 30th birthday, and now Arrow Video has announced that Larry Cohen’s beloved cult classic will at long last hit Us shores on Blu-ray, along with The Black Cat and Bride of Re-Animator.
Enough Is Never Enough!
North American pre-orders links should be live soon!
Release Date: 19th April
Are you eating it ...or is it eating you?
The Stuff is the new dessert taking supermarket shelves by storm. It’s delicious, low in calories and – better still – doesn’t stain the family carpet… What’s not to like?! Well, for a start it has a life of its own, and we’re not talking friendly live bacteria…
Young Jason seems to be the only one who doesn’t »
- Jonathan James
7 items from 2016
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