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Re-Animator (1985)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  18 October 1985 (USA)
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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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18 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Hora dos Mortos Vivos  »

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$900,000 (estimated)

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Originally director Stuart Gordon wanted to shoot the movie in black and white on 16mm film to give the film a gritty quality. See more »


When West picks up the cat in the basement and drops it, it is a fake cat, the cat hasn't been dead long enough for rigor mortis to have set in to keep it in that position, or to cause the clunking noise the cat makes on impact with the table. See more »


Dr. Carl Hill: [Dr. Hill's head has just *awakened*] Wesssssssssst...
Herbert West: Yes, Doctor, it's Herbert West. What are you thinking? How do you feel?
Dr. Carl Hill: [wheezing] Youuuuuuuuuu...
Herbert West: [eagerly taking notes] "You..."
Dr. Carl Hill: Bassssstaaaaaarrrrrd!
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Referenced in Re-Animator: 1942 (2008) See more »

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26 October 2000 | by (earth) – See all my reviews

when i first saw re-animator in 85, i hadn't been introduced to the likes of the evil dead series, dead alive, or any of that horror/comedy genre. i thought horror/comedy went together as well as military intelligence...

i was aghast and appalled. i just didn't get it. i was a classic horror fan; so when i heard the obvious rip from psycho's theme, it irritated me even more.

well, now i'm an older, wiser horror fan. i just saw it again for the first time since 85 and i laughed my bum off! homage, homage, homage! honouring everything from hitchcock to raimi, from day of the dead to frankenstein. this in-your-face send off is a great double feature with dead alive. jeffery combs' over the top performance is reminiscent of colin clive and cronenberg found his very own ash in bruce abbott. so sit back, relax (as much as you can...) and enjoy re-animator.

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