Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Day 7: 31 Days of Horror: Re-Animator (1985)

Re-Animator (1985) is one of my new favorite horror films. I finally got around to watching it, since it was available on Netflix. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew it had to be weird because I recall it being mentioned by characters in American Beauty (1999).

Re-Animator is based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft. It is about a medical student, Dan, and his girlfriend, and how their lives change once another student moves into Dan's apartment. The student is Herbert West, he's very anti-social, strange and dedicated to conducting a bunch of bizarre experiments.    Just what sort of experiments is he conducting? Well, re-animating the dead, of course. He starts with injecting dead tissues, then moves onto dead animals and progresses to deceased humans.

The stuff that he injects into dead does indeed bring them back to life. Unfortunately, it does not bring them back to their normal, living selves. In fact, it makes them come back as very violent beings. Does that make Herbert stop his experiments? Of course not! He has to eventually figure out a serum that will work correctly in re-animating the dead into their normal living selves, right?

This movie is campy and hilarious. It has a lot of over-the-top scenes, which is why it is not for the faint of heart. Herbert is such a weirdo and he makes the movie fun to watch, if you can handle some odd, slightly gory scenes.


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