31 Days of Halloween 2016 #15 – I feel re-animated

ani1I’ve never seen Re-Animator (1985), so I went in with no expectations, and came out surprised and re-animated.  The reason I didn’t think much of it is because the story sounds very plain, and the plot revolves around a mad scientist named Herbert trying to play Frankenstein.  That’s basically the core of this movie.  I’m not sure why I followed up a David Cronenberg grossout with another equally gross movie, but there you go.  Gross gore week.

Herbert creates a glow-in-the-dark serum that brings stuff back to life.  He tries it on a dead cat, and it attacks his pal, so I guess he figures out that the serum has the unfortunate side-effect of driving the subject batshit crazy. That’s unfortunate.  Good to know though.

Jeffrey Combs plays Herbert like a manic asshole.  He’s a jerk.  He tells people to get lost and to stop listening to his conversations.  He tells it like it is and he’s obsessed with his work.  Herbert is over-the-top and it works.  There’s some hilarious stuff thanks to his off-the-wall character.

ani3The gore is pretty bloody.  Herbert performs all his experiments in this basement of some folks he’s staying with, which in itself is hilarious, but he has no respect for anybody, much less these people.  He puts a dead cat in the mini-fridge for safe keeping, later claiming it was dead when he found it, so keeping it next to the beers is okay.  Hilarious.

Herbert has a rival named Dr. Hill, but he kills him with a rusty shovel.  Yeah, that’s a thing.  Dr. Hill re-animates and takes his decapitated head to the next room to use on a naked girl.  I’m not even going to go into it.  Then everything hits the fan.  One of the corpses attacks the girlfriend and tries to strangle Herbert with a large intestine.  Yeah.

Overall, this is a funny movie.  Now, there’s no way I could watch this with other people and not get stares of death.  Still, I don’t care, it’s pretty funny.  And dumb.  Like watching a David Cronenberg comedy, so maybe this was a good follow-up to yesterday.


31 Days of Halloween 2016
31. Young Frankenstein (1974) 
30. Jason X (2001)
29. Cloverfield (2008) 
28. The Monster Squad (1987) 
27. Bad Moon (1996) 
26. The Haunting (1963) 
25. Splinter (2008)
24. Frenzy (1972)
23. Aggression Scale (2012)
22. The Exorcist III
21. At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (1963)
20. Silver Bullet (1985)
19. Joy Ride (2001)
18. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
17. The Funhouse (1981) by Tobe Hooper Shin Godzilla (2016) 
16. Videodrome (1983)
15. Re-Animator (1985) – this post
14. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
13. Cube (1997)
12. Evil Dead
11. Day of the Dead (1985)
10. Tales of Halloween (2015)
9. They Live (1988)
8. The Innocents (1961)
7. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
6. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
5. I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1990)
4. Hatchet (2006)
3. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
2. Halloween II
1. Silence of the Lambs