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(1985)

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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.
The special effects department went through 25 gallons of fake blood during the shoot.
Very loosely adapted from H.P. Lovecraft's "Herbert West - Re-Animator".
The opening theme borrows heavily from the Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) opening theme by Bernard Herrmann.
Stuart Gordon and Dennis Paoli originally intended to be faithful to H.P. Lovecraft's story, but the film ultimately has little in common with the story, which was intended to be a parody of "Frankenstein".
David Gale was made to shave his head and wear a toupee, as this was found to be in keeping with Dr. Hill's character. In the DVD commentary, it was revealed that this was also necessary for budgetary reasons, as there was no money available to match Gale's hair on a prosthetic head prop.
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Richard Band went over schedule by two days while composing the score in Rome, Italy. As a direct result of this, Band had to invest $1,500 dollars of his own money in order to finish the score.
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The "brains" in the severed head were made up of steer meat by-products, ground beef and fake blood and when they shot the scene in the autopsy room with the severed head being thrown out the door and then smashing onto the hallway wall, the crew were all behind the cameras with garbage bags over their clothes because no one knew just how much the brains would splatter.
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According to "Re-animator: Ressurectus", the 70-minute featurette on the Limited edition two-disc "Re-animator" box set, glowstick liquid was used for the glowing green "Re-agent". It is the first time glowstick liquid/glowsticks have ever been used on film.
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The bald, bearded doctor at the foot of Megan's bed who gets shoved away as Dan tries to revive her is underground cartoonist Kim Deitch ("The Boulevard of Broken Dreams"), son of legendary Jazz-era cartoonist Gene Deitch ("The Cat").
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A poster for the Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense (1984) is visible above Dan's bed.
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Tom Towles was originally set to play the first re-animated corpse before Peter Kent got the part.
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In the DVD commentary, Jeffrey Combs expressed regret over the "Who's going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow." quote, mentioning that the "talking head" part got such a laugh out of theater audiences that the "sideshow" part (his personal favorite) often went entirely unheard.
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The opening credits sequence pays visual homage to Saul Bass' work in Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958).
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Director Trademark 

Stuart Gordon:  [shovel]  A shovel is used as a weapon.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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).
An actual dead cat was used for the scene with Rufus in the fridge.
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