Re-Animator (1985)

Directed by: Stuart Gordon

Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton


  • "H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale of horror"
  • "Death Is Just The Beginning..."
  • "Herbert West Has A Very Good Head On His Shoulders... And Another One In A Dish On His Desk"
  • "It will scare you to pieces."


  • "Herbert West: Who's going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow. "
  • "[Visiting the morgue]
    Dan Cain: What if we get caught?
    Herbert West: What'll they do? Embalm us?"
  • "[Re-re-animating the dead cat in the basement]
    Herbert West: Don't expect it to tango; it has a broken back."
  • "Swiss Woman Doctor: You killed him!
    Herbert West: No, I did not. I gave him life."
  • "Dan Cain: He's dead?
    Herbert West: Not anymore."
  • "Dr. Carl Hill: [Dr. Hill's head has just *awakened*] Wesssssssssst...
    Herbert West: Yes, Doctor, it's Herbert West. What are you thinking? How do you feel?
    Dr. Carl Hill: [wheezing] Youuuuuuuuuu...
    Herbert West: [eagerly taking notes] "You..."
    Dr. Carl Hill: Bassssstaaaaaarrrrrd!"
  • "Dan Cain: [meeting for the first time] So West,what kind of medicine are you involved in?
    Herbert West: Death."
  • "Dan Cain: [Dan's cat has died and been found in Herbert's refrigerator] You can call, or write a note.
    Herbert West: I was busy pushing bodies around as you well know and what would a note say, Dan? "Cat dead, details later"?"
  • "Dan Cain: [about the cat] He couldn't have been dead!
    Herbert West: Do you agree that he's dead now?
    [Picks up cat's body and drops it onto table]
    Herbert West: Do you agree that he's dead now?"

What a movie... This film has cult status and I do understand why it is a cult flick. The story is very simple: "A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. "
I just love Jeffrey Combs (Peter Jackson's "The Frightners") because he has this cool face that freaks you out when the camera closes up on him. It looks kind of scary but at the same time it is very funny. And his role as the eager, energetic medical student experimenting with dead things and reviving them with a serum he invented is just funny.

This film has it all, humor, naked (men and women), splatter, neon green serums, morgues, dead people getting re-animated, Jeffrey Combs (no relation with P.Diddy), adrenaline rush, headless doctors that is alive... and a few goofs that I will reveal further down this page...

This is one to watch and one to collect... 9.5/10 pukes...

This film is epic, now time will tell if I, one day, will watch the epic fails: "Bride Of Re-Animator" (1990) and "Beyond Re-Animator" (2003)


  • The window in Dr. Hill's door is broken when Dan and Meg go snooping around in his office, but it is whole later on when Dr. Hill returns.
  • The university where all the action takes place is "Miskatonic". When West is reanimating the dead cat Rufus, there is a close-up of a bottle of chemicals from the university, spelled "Misketonic", with an 'e'.
  • When Dr. Halsey is killed, two of the fingers on his right hand are bitten off by a re-animated corpse. Later in the film in the padded cell, Dr. Halsey places his right hand on a wall, and all his five fingers are showing.
  • When West is preparing to reanimate the Dean's body in the morgue, he circles the embalming table, and swivels a pivoting lamp along with him. In the next shot, however, the lamp vanishes altogether.
  • As Dan and West walk around the basement looking for the reanimated cat, the shadow of the square camera lens hood as well as the boom mic attached to it are visible.
  • The bone saw that Dr. Hill uses to dissect the cadaver in class never rotates.
  • We see West shoving the drill through the cadaver's back and exiting his chest. The chest itself is a fake with the actor playing the cadaver holding on to it and shoving the drill through himself. We see this for ourselves when the two actors accidentally lift the fake chest high enough to reveal the real body underneath.
  • When Doctor Carl Hill (David Gale) instructs the hospital orderlies to restrain the crazed, "re-animated" Dean Halsey, they tackle him hard into the wall of the "security chamber", which bends and wobbles and clearly behaves like the false wall of a movie set.
  • When Dan is in the morgue at the beginning of the movie, you can clearly see the bag over the cadaver rising as the actor is breathing.
  • When West picks up the cat in the basement and drops it, it is a fake cat, the cat hasn't been dead long enough for rigor mortis to have set in to keep it in that position, or to cause the clunking noise the cat makes on impact with the table.



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