Herbert West (Jeffery Combs) has found the secret to eternal life--or so he thinks. West needs fresh cadavers to continue his experiments in the re-animation of dead tissue, so he enlists the help of young medical student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) to steal bodies from the local morgue. Despite all the warning signs of failure, the eccentric West's research continues. The results are crazed zombies that roam the streets, severed heads that talk, murder, madness, and chaos, all in the name of science, of course. Director Stuart Gordon's film debut, an adaptation of the short story by H.P. Lovecraft, is a masterpiece of ghoulish fun. Graphic special effects, good scripting, and perfectly over-the-top performances make RE-ANIMATOR a classic horror film in the tradition of THE EVIL DEAD and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.
Brian Yuzna - Director/Screenwriter/Prod.
Stuart Gordon - Director/Screenwriter
Jeffrey Combs - Actor/"From Beyond"
Jeffery Combs - Actor/"From Beyond"
Bruce Abbott - Actor/"Bad Dreams"
Robert Sampson - TV Actor
David Gale - Actor, THE RE-ANIMATOR
Dennis Paoli - Screenwriter, HP LOVECRAFT'S RE-ANIMATOR (1985)
Mac Ahlberg - Director Of Photography/Director
William J. Norris - SCREENWRITER\RE-ANIMATOR
Barbara Crampton - Actress/"From Beyond"
In Stuart Gordon's RE-ANIMATOR, a demented medical student develops a serum that can bring human corpses back to life, but the re-animated carcasses turn spastically violent in this smart, gore-strewn, tongue-in-cheek schlocker based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft.
Theatrical release: September 14, 1985. RE-ANIMATOR was Stuart Gordon's first feature film after establishing the Organic Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois. The film is based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. Miskatonic University is an invention by H.P. Lovecraft and is used in many of his works. The film's main theme is an adaptation of Bernard Herrmann's score for PSYCHO.
"REANIMATOR has as much originality as it has gore, and that's really saying something....A fast pace and a good deal of grisly vitality..." - 10/18/1985 New York Times, p.C6
"...[The film] zips along, making full use of the inventive effects..." - 05/15/1985 Variety
"...Everyone involved is first-rate..." - 10/25/1985 Los Angeles Times, p.C11
"...The movie itself remains eye-popping in every sense of the phrase..." - 05/31/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.83
4 stars out of 5 -- "Goth, funny and camp as hell, with all previously cut scenes now included, this is a classic of the genre." - 06/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.120