Day 284 – Re-Animator

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Movie Title: Re-Animator

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Re-Animator stars Jeffrey Combs as the mad doctor Herbert West. Herbert has been studying in Switzerland and working on his passion project of bringing the living back from the dead. He has develop a serum that works to that effect, but with catastrophic results. The dead come back, but they are animal-like and vicious. Despite this he continues to work on various subjects.

He moves in with another medical student named Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) who has access to the morgue. Using his connection, West embroils Cain and everyone else at the hospital in on his experiments. Many of the denizens of the hospital condemn West’s work only to have him make experiments out of them. Dan realizes how mad West is, but only after it is too late.

It is a grizzly and grotesque movie as Combs plays the ultimate mad scientist. The practical effects are great and the rivalry that plays out between West and Dr. Carl Hill is hilarious in its absurdity.

Verdict:

H.P. Lovecraft’s work with the creepy performance of Jeffrey Combs makes for a great spectacle. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Creepshow 2 (1987)

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