Day 23: Re-Animator
Writer: Screenplay by Stuart Gordon, based on the story Herbert West-Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft
Director: Stuart Gordon
Year released: 1985
I first watched this movie on late night television when I was a kid. It pretty much disturbed me so much that I still have a slight aversion to zombies. Maybe it’s not an aversion so much as an annoyance and I know that by writing that the zombie fandom may now have turned their back on me. Look, zombies are fine. I get it, zombies occupy this space between horror and sci-fi, but honestly I’ve never been much into sci-fi. Sci-fi is either your thing or not. It’s hard to let sci-fi grow on you. My preference of the zombie narrative is the traditional Vodou zombie. I can watch something on Vodou zombies all day, but put on the Walking Dead and I’ll tune out in about 10 minutes. I honestly just don’t care. I’m not scared of a bumbling monster. They’re just no fun. There are few exceptions to the zombie genre that I enjoy: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, H.P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West-Renaimator, George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead and Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. Any narrative beyond those involving the zombie are just not gripping enough to capture my attention. Now, this movie is special mainly because it does have some b-movie quirkiness to it, and the gore is outstanding. Am I happy I rewatched it? Definitely. But I have had enough of reanimated corpses for at least a few films.
Overview: A medical student conducts strange experiments on the reanimation of dead tissue.
- The movie is loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s story, Herbert West-Reanimator.
- Meat products and lots of fake blood were used for some of the scenes.
- Glow stick liquid was used for the “Re-agent.”
- Originally, the creator’s wanted to follow H.P. Lovecraft’s story as closely as possible, but instead it became a parody of Frankenstein.
- The sequels Bride of Re-Animator (1990) Beyond Re-Animator (2003) followed.