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.