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Re-Animator (1985)

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

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Stuart Gordon

Writers:

H.P. Lovecraft (story "Herbert West, Re-Animator"), Dennis Paoli (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Combs ... Herbert West
Bruce Abbott ... Dan Cain
Barbara Crampton ... Megan Halsey
David Gale ... Dr. Carl Hill
Robert Sampson ... Dean Halsey
Gerry Black Gerry Black ... Mace
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon ... Dr. Harrod
Peter Kent ... Melvin the Re-Animated
Barbara Pieters Barbara Pieters ... Nurse
Ian Patrick Williams ... Swiss Professor
Bunny Summers ... Swiss Woman Doctor
Al Berry ... Dr. Gruber
Derek Pendleton Derek Pendleton ... Swiss Policeman #1
Gene Scherer Gene Scherer ... Swiss Policeman #2
James Ellis James Ellis ... Psycho Ward Guard #1
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Storyline

Obsessed with the idea of overcoming the obstacle of death and determined to vindicate himself by backing up his theory, the ambitious medical student, Herbert West, arrives in New England, after the horrific incident at the Institute of Medicine in Switzerland. Before long, Herbert will pick up where he left off--at first, experimenting with dead feline tissue, and then, with fresh human cadavers--talking his sceptic roommate, Dan Cain, into joining his audacious project. Inevitably, as the two young scientists burrow deeper and deeper into uncharted territories, the campus will start brimming with West's reanimated corpses, catching the eye of his arch-nemesis, Dr Hill, who yearns to take credit for this astounding discovery. The dead will rise again, even with a bit of help; however, can the young re-animator harness the power of his phosphorescent green reagent? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Herbert West Has A Very Good Head On His Shoulders... And Another One In A Dish On His Desk See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

18 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Re-Animator See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$543,728, 20 October 1985

Gross USA:

$2,023,414

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,023,414
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(unrated) | (R-rated) | (Integral)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Bionic Sound) (Japan theatrical release)| Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The British Film Censors weren't impressed with the scene where the severed head Dr. Hill attempts to rape Megan. They refused to pass the film for release in the United Kingdom until the said sequence had been cut. See more »

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When Dan kisses Megan's dead body on the operation bed, Megan's throat is seen pulsating although she was dead. See more »

Quotes

Herbert West: [reading off toe tags in the morgue] Burn victim.
Herbert West: Here's your meatball.
Herbert West: Shotgun wound to the head
Dan Cain: Oh god he's rotten.
Herbert West: [amused] Malpractice.
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Alternate Versions

Although never classed as a video nasty the film has a very checkered history of censorship problems in the UK. The original cinema and 1986 video releases were cut by 1 minute 51 secs by the BBFC and many scenes were edited - most notably to the stabbing of a zombie with a bone-saw, a shovel decapitation, a scene of a head being squeezed, and a sequence where a woman is stripped, strapped to a trolley and forced to fend off the sexual advances of a severed head. The 1999 Tartan release lost 2 minutes 20 secs of footage and, although the saw attack and head squeezing was waived, the decapitation and sexual assault scenes remained cut. The latter had been pre-edited by the distributors using a slowdown technique and the entire second half of the assault sequence was completely missing. The 2001 Tartan re-release was slightly less cut and finally had the shovel decapitation scene restored, though 1 minute 49 secs remained cut from the female assault sequence. The film was finally passed fully uncut by the BBFC for the 2007 Anchor Bay DVD release. See more »

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Modern Horror Classic
4 March 2004 | by bnl771See all my reviews

The astute viewer will immediately pick up on the tone of Re-Animator. The introduction (added to the film at the last minute before its release) is a glimpse of the over-the-top nature of the entire production. If one were to be frightened by this intro, he or she will be comforted by the playful cheer of the opening title music. The score was heavily inspired by the famous Psycho score, a classic by Bernard Herrmann.

The movie, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's `Herbert West: Re-Animator', follows a simple plot. Herbert West (played to precise pitch perfection by Jeffrey Combs who, like Bruce Campbell, is a B-Movie legend) is new at Miskatonic Medical University. Immediately, Herbert clashes with Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale) on the subject of `brain death'.

At the same time, Dan Cain (Bruce Abbot) is looking for a roommate. He is also dating Dean Alan Halsey's (Robert Sampson) daughter, Megan (Barbara Crampton). When Herbert West shows up at Dan's door one night during a `study' session, Megan is immediately suspicious. Why is Herbert so anxious to move in? Why is he so interested in the basement?

It is not long before the cat is dead, re-animated and dead again. The early scenes of violence are disturbing and hilarious at the same time and are only a taste of what is to come. Dan tries to resist the temptation of power inherent in the re-animating fluid, but is sucked into Herbert's mad world of life giving.

There is a turn of events about halfway through the film (which I would be crazy to spoil) that almost screams to the viewer, `We aren't playing by the rules here.' The storyline twists its way to the famous conclusion that, if you haven't heard of it, will leave you breathless. Even if you know what is going to happen, when you finally see it, in all of it's gory, sexual glory you understand why this classic has achieved such a status. The finale of the film is twisted in so many ways it's impossible to count.

Obviously, I loved the movie. Having never been anything but a horror fan, I cannot say it will suit everyones' tastes. The film is so over-the-top that the outrageous gore becomes less and less shocking. The timid viewer may want to shy away from this masterpiece. Anyone with even the slightest curiosity should seek this movie out.


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