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by Scott Weinberg

"A requirement for any horror fan and a big wet chunk of cool gore"
5 stars

One of those horror movies that crept onto video and everyone in the neighborhood was talking about it. Truly inspired in its ingenious use of intestines and severed body parts, gore-master Stuart Gordon's first masterpiece has a great sick sense of humor and some really gruesome sequences. The perfect date movie.

Yeah, so this spooky young medical student has this glowing goo that reanimates dead tissue so he tries it out on a cat which turns into a freaky homicidal Muppet. He has this nice guy roommate who is dating the dean's daughter. (Always a tough dynamic, even without zombie kitties.) Anyway, people die and are then reanimated, hence the title.

But there's a lot more to it than that. The gore and blood are so far over-the-top that you'll either turn it off after 20 minutes OR it will become an instant horror classic in your heart. The performances by Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott are solid enough, but the standout performance is by David Gale. He has the toughest role, as he carries his own head around in a plate for the last 45 minutes. A special note for the music by Richard Band (brother of producer Charles). Also, Re-Animator holds a distinction of being a movie based on Lovecraft that actually HAS some elements of the writer within the script.

Not for all tastes, but I suppose that's obvious when you're talking about a movie in which a severed head performs oral sex on a screaming woman.

If you claim to be a horror movie fan and you're older than say 10, rent this within the next few days. You HAVEN'T seen it in a while, and it has some all-time right nasty shit in it. Trust me on this one.

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User Comments

6/27/19 Ajpwales Brilliant fun gory movie. 5 stars
7/19/13 Marty Too dorky for me, but points for originality. 2 stars
1/29/10 Chad Dillon Cooper For true horror fans a feel good masterpiece. 5 stars
2/24/07 Charles Tatum A modern classic 5 stars
11/21/06 georgekill gore,nudity,hilarious characters,great animator kicks ass! 5 stars
6/13/06 room42more It's worth an extra look, very well done, but not for all tastes, let the squeamish beware 5 stars
12/30/05 Reverse_Bear-TRAP AN INSTANT CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
9/25/05 K. Sear Boring and aimless. 2 stars
6/23/05 DM Grisly, surprisingly successful low-budget horror film. 4 stars
3/24/05 erebus45 I so love this movie 5 stars
3/23/05 indrid cold Even for this sub-genre, it's pretty lame. The only one you need to see is Dead Alive. 2 stars
3/20/05 Samuel Brilliance. Sheer Brilliance. 5 stars
9/20/04 Lord Durvok 2 Zany! Creative! Suspenseful! Funny! JEFFREY COMBS FOR GOD'S SAKE!!! 5 stars
5/01/04 dead next door very original,and of course the gore is another highlight. 4 stars
11/04/03 American Slasher Goddess One of a kind. It doesn't get any better then this. 5 stars
5/24/03 K.B Jeffery Combs hits the spot right on as Herbert West! 4 stars
5/02/03 LovecraftScholar Not sure what the author would say, but pure entertainment nonetheless 5 stars
4/19/03 Jon "Thumb the Toad" Lyrik I gave him life! 5 stars
12/30/02 John Come Lately I must've missed a LOT seeing it on the Sci-Fi channel. There was hardly any gore at all. ? 3 stars
8/12/02 .Choadushouse. A great horror flick! The gory scenes are very memborable and pleasing to the eye!wellDone 5 stars
7/15/02 Kyle Can't believe more people haven't seen this. 5 stars
5/11/02 The Bomb 69 Crampton was hot, I would eat her out with my head chopped off too!!! 5 stars
3/21/02 lucy fur why cant they make movies like this anymore 5 stars
1/19/02 freakydeaky what's the story? Gory, Gory, Gory. 2 stars
12/07/01 Chris K. RE-ANIMATOR used 30 gallons of fake blood, Peter Jackson used 3,000 in BRAINDEAD! 5 stars
10/11/01 Rick the Geek So THAT'S why they call it "giving head"! 5 stars
9/30/01 Mohammad J. Check out the shovel scene! 5 stars
8/09/01 E-Funk Mt absolute fav. cult movie to date! Re-Animator is deliciously gory and surprisingly funny 5 stars
6/15/01 Stephanie Good movie, man. 5 stars
5/03/01 Gracy Lionheart It was really...strange. As a lover of gore, I have to approve. 4 stars
3/13/00 T.J. Dotson It takes a certain type of person to sit thru this film...thankfully I'm one of them 5 stars
12/13/99 SID Makes a good combo with "Evil Dead 2." Very fun gore movie. 5 stars
12/02/99 Eric S. Not a very funny movie, but it's entertaining enough 4 stars
11/16/99 the Grinch A horror classuck, and I don't mean that in a good way. Gordon's From Beyond is better 4 stars
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