31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 12]: Science Fiction has So Much Merit

Today’s post will be relatively short and sweet because for many non-horror fanatics, this film is one that you may (1) have never heard of or (2) have had trouble finding or accessing. “Re-Animator,” which is based on the Lovecraft work of the 20s, is a quick and campy horror comedy that provides laughs through the over-the-top prosthetic work, line delivery and story development. It also may have the only example of a severed head performing cunnilingus in film history, which may just be one of the most disturbing sequences in film history and certainly in this film.

The film follows a medical student (Jeffrey Combs) looking for the key to the afterlife–a cure for death so-to-speak. What follows is an odd-obsession (Barbara Crampton), a battle over who can make the discovery first (with Bruce Abbott) and the creation of the undead through a reanimation agent. Again, it doesn’t spare any camp. The roller coaster of a Frankensteinian monster gone wrong is an easy view, assuming you can find it.

If you have access to the horror streaming service Shudder, then you can get to watching this today with me. The film is also rentable on the major platform streaming services as well.

The film originally received an X rating, which led to it needing to make some editing compromises to achieve that MPAA R for video release. It includes a number of elements of nudity, the aforementioned “sex scene,” and language. It was well-received upon its theatrical release and continues to be seen as a cult classic. Stuart Gordon’s work spawned two sequels of its own, one of which, much like its gothic ancestor, looks at a bride.

You like science? Watch it. You like Frankenstein? Watch it. You like zombies? Watch it. You like weird fetish porn… I guess it’ll satisfy some of that.

Published by Patrick R. Johnson

Patrick is a Ph.D. student and graduate instructor in the SJMC. He comes from nearly a decade of teaching high school journalism and English, and an adjunct professor of journalism and media studies at Marquette University (where he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees). He is a former Dow Jones Distinguished National Journalism Teacher of the Year. His research interests include the intersection of news literacy, journalism ethics, journalism studies, and professional boundary work. He also focuses his attention on issues of deviance within the media industry, particularly as it relates to issues of sex and issues resulting in paradigm repair. Patrick is also deeply passionate about teaching and the role of journalism schools in the professionalization of their students. He focuses a lot of his thinking on mass communication and journalism pedagogy and identifying ways for journalism courses to be both rewarding in content and enriching in skill. He currently teaches Journalistic Reporting and Writing in the SJMC and taught a number of courses at Marquette, including Media Ethics, Visual Communication, Magazine Design and Production, Digital Journalism 1-3, Strategic Communication Writing, and the Journalism Capstone course for the department. His work in curriculum, instruction, and educational leadership includes serving as the Journalism Education Association’s Mentor Program Chair, designing curriculum to accompany Pulitzer Prize winning content for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reviewing the Praxis national journalism certification exam, and developing a number of courses at the high school and collegiate levels. Patrick served as a 2021 Public Humanities Intern through the Obermann Center where he worked specifically with University Special Collections to develop public-facing exhibits and curriculum materials related to the Tom Brokaw Collection.

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