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Re-Animator

  • Drama
  • 1985
  • Stuart Gordon
  • 85 mins
  • 18

Summary

Cult black comedy horror based on a story by HP Lovecraft, starring Jeffrey Combs. After the death of his mentor, medical student Herbert West returns to American soil from Europe to continue his studies at Miskatonic University. However, his obsessive research into the regeneration of dead tissue has horrific consequences.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A ground-breaking horror/black comedy that reintroduced writer HP Lovecraft to a new generation, and set a new level as to how far on-screen outrageousness could go. It also introduced cult star Jeffrey Combs, excellent as the funny and scary borderline-mad Herbert West, a young medical student working on a formula that brings the dead back to life. However, the dead don't come back in either tip-top or co-operative shape, leading to a number of wildly escalating problems ... First-time director Stuart Gordon never lets up from the start, constantly pushing the limits with the gory antics, but also showing an absurd side to such sequences. Supporting players Barbara Crampton and David Gale (involved in a now-legendary scene near the end) give performances with a wink, as it should be.

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Credits

Cast

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Herbert WestJeffrey Combs
Dan CainBruce Abbott
Megan HalseyBarbara Crampton
Dean HalseyRobert Sampson
Dr Carl HillDavid Gale
MaceGerry Black
Dr HarrodCarolyn Purdy-Gordon
Melvin, the Re-animatedPeter Kent

Crew

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DirectorStuart Gordon

Details

Guidance
Contains violence, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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