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Re-Animator -- A 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.
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 Academy Award for best use of a headless corpse goes to... See more (208 total) »

Cast

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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
 
Art Department
Charles Nixon III .... construction coordinator
 
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
Michael W. Moore .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
 
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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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 (extended edition)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M (cut) | Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2007) | Belgium:16 (video rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (Ontario) (unrated version) (2007) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2002) | Canada:R (Ontario) (R rated version) (1986) | Finland:K-18 | France:12 | Germany:18 | Germany:18 (re-rating) (2013) (uncut) | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut) (2002) | Hungary:18 | Iceland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Russia:18+ | Singapore:(Banned) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (Banned) | UK:18 | UK:18 (uncut) (2007) | UK:18 (video rating) (cut) (1986) | USA:Unrated | USA:R (rating surrendered) | West Germany:18 (video premiere) (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Robert Sampson, and director Stuart Gordon visited an insane asylum and morgue as preparation for the film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: We see West shoving the drill through the cadaver's back and exiting his chest. The chest itself is a fake with the actor playing the cadaver holding on to it and shoving the drill through himself. We see this for ourselves when the two actors accidentally lift the fake chest high enough to reveal the real body underneath.See more »
Quotes:
Swiss Woman Doctor:You killed him!
Herbert West:No, I did not. I gave him life.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Dance of the Dead (2008)See more »

FAQ

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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70 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
The Academy Award for best use of a headless corpse goes to..., 8 April 2004
Author: clydestuff from United States

Most of the cheap or not so cheaply made horror films these days are nothing more than a tedious exercise in how to bump off as many teenagers in as many different ways as one can imagine in ninety minutes or less. One need only watch recent films such as Wrong Turn or the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre to realize how far the horror genre has fallen. Once John Carpenter made the first Halloween film, we have been subject to an endless series of copy cat films whose only purpose seems to be finding an imaginative way to slice and dice the local teenage population. All of the Freddies, Jasons, and Michael Myers films combined don't come close to having an ounce of the entertainment and imagination of Producer Brian Yuzna and Director and Writer Stuart Gordon's Re-animator.

Professor Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is a scientist who has discovered a formula which brings the dead back to life by reanimating their tissue. After an experiment in Switzerland goes awry, he moves to Miskatonic University to continue his experiments. One thing Professor West isn't and that is modest. He even takes a few moments to ridicule a professor, Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale) when he disagrees with him about when death actually occurs. He eventually rents a room from fellow student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbot). Dan is dating Megan Halsey (Barbara Crampton) who is the daughter of the college dean, Alan Halsey (Robert Sampson). What Dan doesn't know is that the aforementioned Dr. Hill has a perverted eye on Megan also. We know this because of the sleazy stares Dr. Hill eyeballs her with when ever she's around. Think of Megan as being an overage Lolita and Dr. Hill as Humbert Humbert and you've got the idea. All of this is not window dressing as it would be in some other films. It all comes into play very nicely. It goes without saying that sooner or later, Dr. West will be making good use of his reanimation formula, in ways only those with the most grotesque sense of humor can imagine. To say any more than that would deny you of the true pleasures of this film.

How can a film that is so explicitly graphic and perverted in nature be fun? It's because every person involved in the making of Re-Animator was smart enough not to take it too seriously themselves. Everything in this film is so wildly over the top, that you can't help but chuckle right along with them as they wink their eye at you. There may be certain moments of the film that would normally sicken even the most hardcore horror film fanatic, but since Yuzna and Gordon never once let Re-animator sink into the tedious by the numbers game of other films of these nature, these same scenes become intentionally cartoonish and silly.

But more than anything, this film owes it's life to it's cast. Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West should serve as the model for anyone wanting to make a film involving a mad or semi-mad scientist. Given this kind of role, there is many an actor who would have been tempted to ham it up and alas in many horror films they do just that. However, when Combs seems to imply that he is the smartest man on the planet and the rest of us are Neanderthal, we don't hate him for this implication at all. He is so good at making us believe he is the smartest man since Einstein and we are all nothing but Cro-magnon man by comparison that we love him for it just the same. He may be crazy, but he's a fun kind of crazy.

David Gale as the smarmy Dr. Hill, is a joy to watch also. He has some of the most ridiculous scenes in the film yet somehow manages to keep a straight face through it all. He gives new life to the old saying about not losing your head over a piece of tail.

Bruce Abbot as Dan Cain is the perfect contrast for West. He is a straight arrow, is madly in love with Megan, yet somehow lets himself become involved in West's experiments. Abbot also is smart enough to know that the center of this film is West, and never once overplays his role to try and overshadow him. As for Barbara Crampton, she should have won some kind of award, just for the abuse the producers put her through as Megan. Is there an award for most abuse of a female by the walking dead?

Re-animator was made on a budget of less than a million dollars which is truly remarkable. There isn't a film budget in the world though that can replace the imagination and daring rampant through out Re-Animator. And when a horror film is that well done, and is something all the Freddies, and Jasons, And Michael Myers can only dream about, I have no choice but to give it my grade which for Re-Animator is an A.





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