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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.

Director:

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

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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

18 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,023,414
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(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 opening credits sequence pays visual homage to Saul Bass' work in Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958). See more »

Goofs

In the very first sequence two signs can be seen next to the locked door. The first one reads 'Dr. Gruber Ghirurg'. The word 'Ghirurg' doesn't exist in German. The correct spelling is 'Chirurg' ('surgeon'). The sign below shows the three lines 'GEHIRN FORSCHUNGSL LABOR' ('brain research laboratory'). The first 'L' doesn't belong there. And as 'Gehirnforschungslabor' is in fact one word in German it should be hyphenated when wrapped. See more »

Quotes

Herbert West: Meatball?
Dan Cain: Just put your shoes on.
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Alternate Versions

The Australian version is uncut except that the US R-rated version was used in Queensland to obtain an M rating and avoid it being banned in that state. See more »

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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

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great if you like gore
17 July 2006 | by killer-cortezSee all my reviews

The Re-animator is one of those movies that if you like gore and nudity your going to love it. Jeffery Combs is great as Dr Herbert West the crazy med student who can re-animate the dead. It is in really funny in dark humor sort of way. All the gore effects are top notch. Avoid the R rated version because you miss almost all the gore and some of the nudity. This is based on H.P. Lovecraft story which was also really good. This isn't the only adaptation of Lovecraft the Stuart Gordon has done, he also did from beyond (which I still need to see) And Dreams in witch house for the masters of horror show and that was really good too. The best part of all is that Gordon is doing another one and hopeful it will be as good as this one.


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