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Re-Animator -- 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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Director:
Writers:
H.P. Lovecraft (story)
Dennis Paoli (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
18 October 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale of horror See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Greatest of All Lovecraft Interpretations See more (191 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Stuart Gordon 
 
Writing credits
H.P. Lovecraft (story "Herbert West, Re-Animator")

Dennis Paoli (screenplay) &
William Norris (screenplay) (as William J. Norris) &
Stuart Gordon (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Avery .... executive producer
Bruce William Curtis .... executive producer
Bob Greenberg .... associate producer
Charles Donald Storey .... associate producer
Brian Yuzna .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Band 
 
Cinematography by
Mac Ahlberg (director of photography)
Robert Ebinger (uncredited; replaced by Mac Ahlberg)
 
Film Editing by
Lee Percy 
 
Casting by
Anthony Barnao 
 
Art Direction by
Robert A. Burns 
 
Costume Design by
Robin Burton 
Robin Lewis West 
 
Makeup Department
Everett Burrell .... special makeup effects artist
Anthony Doublin .... special makeup effects
John Naulin .... special makeup effects
Gerald Quist .... assistant makeup effects artist
John Carl Buechler .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Drex Reed .... special makeup effects crew (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dennis Stuart Murphy .... executive in charge of production
Michael Muscal .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Minear .... assistant director
Robert Roda .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
James Bailey .... foley artist
Gordon L. Day .... sound re-recording mixer
John Kwiatkowski .... sound editor
Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Sollars .... boom operator
Don Summer .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Bret Culpepper .... special effects
Richard N. McGuire .... special effects: EFX Lead
 
Stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator
Scott Alan Cook .... stunts
Mike Filloon .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunt double: Dean Halsey/Dr. Hill
Ray Lykins .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (as George Wilber)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Ebinger .... additional still photographer (as Robert Fredric Ebinger)
R. Michael Givens .... assistant camera
David Morton .... electrician
Tim Morton .... best boy
Philip Sloan .... dolly grip
Rick A. West .... electrician
 
Music Department
Richard Band .... conductor
Richard Band .... orchestrator
Don Perry .... music supervisor
Tom Villano .... music editor
 
Other crew
Barrie Bergman .... production associate
Rick Berman .... production assistant
Martin Bernholtz .... production associate
Misty Carey .... production coordinator
John Criswell .... effects assistant
Richard Davison .... effects assistant
Robert Dawson .... title designer: main titles
Dana Ginsberg .... effects assistant
Lisa S. Girolami .... set manager
Cleve Hall .... MMI crew
Bob Johnene .... double
Hans Jonnason .... body double: "Dr. Hill"
Paul Madoff .... production assistant
Julie Mauger .... effects assistant
Kenny Myers .... effects assistant (as Ken Myers)
Steve Patino .... effects assistant
Greg Rose .... body double: "Dr. Hill"
Jeffery Lyle Segal .... effects assistant (as Jeff Segal)
Therese Shirley .... effects assistant
Desiree Soto Vaughn .... MMI crew (as Desiree Vaughn-Soto)
Chris Witherspoon .... MMI crew
Cathy Yuzna .... production associate (as Cathy Cherry Yuzna)
 
Thanks
Albert Band .... special thanks
Charles Band .... special thanks
Ann Cline Bernholz .... special thanks
Sara Curtis .... special thanks
Daniel Del Boccio .... special thanks: Pathology Dept., Henrotin Hospital (as Dr. Daniel Del Boccio M.D.)
Debra Dion .... special thanks
Peter Manoogian .... special thanks
Sammy Martin .... special thanks
Robert Stein .... special thanks: Cook County Morgue (as Dr. Robert Stein M.D.)
Janice Storey .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Zombio" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
86 min (unrated version) | USA:95 min (R-rated version) | 104 min (Eextended Edition)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Australia:MA (2007 re-rating) | Australia:MA (re-rating) (2007) | Belgium:16 (video rating) | Canada:R (Ontario) (R rated version) | Canada:18A (Ontario) (unrated version) (Re-Rated 2007) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:12 | Germany:18 | Germany:18 (re-rating) (2013) (uncut) | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut) (2002) | Iceland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Singapore:(Banned) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 (Banned) | UK:18 (cut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2007) (uncut) | USA:Unrated | USA:R (rating surrendered) | West Germany:18 (video premiere) (heavily cut)

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Trivia:
The first man who is re-animated at the morgue (who goes on to kill the dean) is Peter Kent, Arnold Schwarzenegger's stunt double on fourteen films from The Terminator (1984) to Jingle All the Way (1996).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When West is preparing to reanimate the Dean's body in the morgue, he circles the embalming table, and swivels a pivoting lamp along with him. In the next shot, however, the lamp vanishes altogether.See more »
Quotes:
Dan Cain:[meeting for the first time] So West,what kind of medicine are you involved in?
Herbert West:Death.
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What are the differences between the R-Rated version and the Unrated version? What about the old BBFC 18 version?
What's the reagent West uses made of?
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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest of All Lovecraft Interpretations, 4 May 2007
Author: gavin6942 from United States

After learning all he can learn in Switzerland, Herbert West comes to America to study life and death. Can death be overcome? West thinks so, and with his reagent serum he might just prove to the world how right he is.

"Re-Animator" ranks at the very top of my all-time favorite horror movies. For a guy who has seen probably one thousand horror films, that's quite the accomplishment. For me, the film is paced perfectly, has plenty of gore, a fair amount of nudity (and a scene of sexuality you won't find elsewhere), some black comedy and a simple plot premise (a variation on the Frankenstein story).

This is the film that gave Jeffrey Combs his place in cult film history. On the basis of this movie alone, he is sought after to appear in other horror films and appear at horror conventions. Sure, some of his other films are pretty good, and he had an impressive run on both "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "The 4400". But he will always be known as Herbert West. None of the other stars (David Gale, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton) has gone on to such a level of recognition.

The film has some flaws. The score, which is supposed to be an "homage" to "Psycho" sounds more like a blatant ripoff. And my biggest pet peeve is trying to find a complete copy of the film. I owned the longer, R-rated version on VHS. Now I own the shorter, unrated version on DVD (the Millennium Edition). I have yet to find one that combines the gore of the uncut version with the plot of the R-rated one (which I think really drives home the story and fleshes out the motives and power of Dr. Hill).

But the sheer fun of the film makes up for the flaws. Jeffrey Combs is clearly having plenty of fun, and the way they approach such things as the reanimated cat and the use of the reagent as an intravenous drug tells me they knew that the key was just letting a good time fly.

The people involved with this film (Combs, director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna) went on to make a variety of other Lovecraft-inspired films. So I guess I have to thank the success of "Re-Animator" for giving them the chance to pursue these other projects (even the less wonderful ones like "Necronomicon" or "Dagon" (which many people like but I wasn't impressed)).

If you're a horror fan and haven't seen this, shame on you. You simply cannot have an in-depth conversation on horror without this film coming up. I urge you to check it out and decide for yourself. Can thousands of horror fans be wrong on this one? When have they steered you wrong before?

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