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Re-Animator (1985)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 18 October 1985 (USA)
A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

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A medical student and his girlfriend become involved in a bizarre experiment into reanimating the dead conducted by the student's incorrigible housemate in this campy sendup of an H.P. Lovecraft story. The emphasis is on humour but once the dead walk, there is gore aplenty. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Death Is Just The Beginning... See more »

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A Hora dos Mortos Vivos  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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A poster for the Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense (1984) is visible above Dan's bed. See more »

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During the final bit of the 'cat scene,' a pharmaceutical bottle on the table bears a label with the university's name misspelled as 'Misketonic' rather than 'Miskatonic.' See more »

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Dan Cain: [Dan's cat has died and been found in Herbert's refrigerator] You can call, or write a note.
Herbert West: I was busy pushing bodies around as you well know and what would a note say, Dan? "Cat dead, details later"?
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Horror-comedy injects a healthy dose of irreverence
8 January 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Stuart Gordon should be chided for allowing Richard Band to ape the great Bernard Herrmann's Psycho score in his music for Re-Animator, but don't let the similarity distract you: this is a wildly entertaining movie. Loosely based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, Re-Animator succeeds primarily because Gordon's affection for over-the-top situations is so obvious: you can just see how much fun he had putting this thing together. The now legendary scene where the severed head of Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale) licks with feverish audacity the unwilling flesh of the dazed and shackled Megan Halsey (Barbara Crampton) while her own lobotomized father stands watching is just one in a galaxy of great examples. Also of note: hilarious performance by the gifted Jeffrey Combs.


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