Re-Animator (1985)

Directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Gordon, Dennis Paoli and William Norris, based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft. Starring Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton.

Plot: an odd medical student does experiments to reanimate dead tissue.

Let’s just apologize early for poo-pooing all over a “classic”, but we don’t really like this “gem”. The plot is simple enough. Herbert West (Combs), a medical student, comes to a new university with the idea of reanimating dead tissue. He’s already technically reanimated one person, but it went horribly wrong and he’s sure he can do better. So, he tries.

There’s a lot of nudity in this and we weren’t bothered by that, but of course, a cat had to take a lot of punishment during West’s studies and I could barely watch those parts. The acting was way too over-the-top. The effects were as well. Honestly, I just don’t see it as being as funny as most people I think. And it definitely doesn’t get better upon mutiple viewings. We tried.

Our score: 41. Sue us.

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