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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Herbert West
... Dan Cain
... Megan Halsey
... Dr. Carl Hill
... Dean Halsey
Gerry Black ... Mace
... Dr. Harrod
... Melvin the Re-Animated
Barbara Pieters ... Nurse
... Swiss Professor
... Swiss Woman Doctor
... Dr. Gruber
Derek Pendleton ... Swiss Policeman #1
Gene Scherer ... Swiss Policeman #2
James Ellis ... Psycho Ward Guard #1
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Storyline

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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It will scare you to pieces. See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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18 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Der Re-Animator  »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$543,728, 20 October 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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

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Trivia

Tom Towles was originally set to play the first re-animated corpse before Peter Kent got the part. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[Re-re-animating the dead cat in the basement]
Herbert West: Don't expect it to tango; it has a broken back.
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Referenced in Pinochestein 3d (2003) See more »

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hilarious!
26 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

When i first saw re-animator in 85, 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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