#100HorrorMoviesfor100Days Day 23



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.

  1. The movie is loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s story, Herbert West-Reanimator.
  2. Meat products and lots of fake blood were used for some of the scenes.
  3. Glow stick liquid was used for the “Re-agent.”
  4. Originally, the creator’s wanted to follow H.P. Lovecraft’s story as closely as possible, but instead it became a parody of Frankenstein.
  5. The sequels Bride of Re-Animator (1990) Beyond Re-Animator (2003) followed.

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Cynthia Pelayo

Cynthia (cina) Pelayo is the author of short story collection Loteria and the young adult horror novel Santa Muerte published by Post Mortem Press. Her short stories and poems have appeared in DM, Weird Year, Flashes in the Dark, SNM Horror Magazine, Seedpod, Static Movement, and more. Pelayo is the Publisher/Gravedigger of Burial Day Books and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. She is currently at work on two novels and a series of short stories and poems. You can find her on Twitter at @cinapelayo or at cinapelayo.com