Written and Directed by: Stuart Gordon
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale
Theatrical Release: October 1985
A classic horror recipe re-tooled for the 1980’s. An H.P. Lovecraft story infused with an element of Frankenstein. Jeffrey Combs steals the movie as obsessive medical scientist student Herbert West. In the movie, he has developed a serum that can reanimate the dead. His discovery piques the interest of his roommate Dan, when the latter witnesses his dead cat come back to life. Both men begin experimenting on the recently deceased, as Dan’s job at the hospital has him working in the morgue and thus easy access to dead bodies. The duo’s twisted science has them expelled from school, Dan is put on the outs by his creamy breasted girlfriend and her father – the Dean of the University, and Herbert is also pursued by the sinister and creepy Dr. Hill who steals the formula for his own gain. Re-Animator is incredibly amusing, has some great bloody scenes, some fun but awkward scenes with Barbara Crampton lying mostly naked on a gurney and being sexually advanced upon by a severed head and its reanimated former body. The film is a cult classic that has spawned two sequels, turned Barbara Crampton into a Horror Convention fan favorite, and immortalized Jeffrey Combs (or at least the deplorable yet loveable Herbert West) as one of the greatest Horror movie anti-heroes ever.