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Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is a brilliant medical student who has perfected a green-glowing serum for regenerating life into dead things -- or even parts of dead things. But a corrupt superior, Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale), assumes control of West's experiments and winds up, by ghastly necessity, using the stuff on his own severed head and body. West and in-over-his-head co-worker Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) struggle to control the now out-of-control effects of the serum, but the bone-saws and zombies complicate their plans. ~ Buzz McClain, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"It's simply the best, funniest Grand Guignol horror picture to come along in ages."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Pic has a grisly sense of humor, and sometimes is so gross and over the top the film tips over into a bizarre comedy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A ground-breaking horror/black comedy that reintroduced HP Lovecraft to a new generation, and set a new level as to how far on-screen outrageousness could go."
‑ Keith Bailey, Radio Times
"A gross-out slapsticker to rival The Evil Dead."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"It's so politically incorrect that there is no way anyone would be able to make it today."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Oh, those crazy doctors, when will they ever learn to stop messing around with the natural order of life and death?"
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The injection of humour into HP Lovecraft's 1922 tale is what saves this splatterfest from being mere fodder for gorehounds."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Because Re-Animator is so poorly acted and directed (by Stuart Gordon, whose first film this is), there is no tension to break. So the gruesome scenes are just clinical and dull."
‑ Bill Kelley, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"It's no match for The Evil Dead, but as far as tongue-in-bloody-cheek gorefests go, this update of the H.P. Lovecraft tale is a lot of fun, and it easily earns its cult status."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It's sweet when a classic lives up to its legend, isn't it?"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's this kind of flat-footed stuff that gives garbage a bad name."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"All of this, ingenious as it may be and much as it will redound to Mr. Gordon's credit in hard-core horror circles, is absolutely to be avoided by anyone not in the mood for a major bloodbath."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"I definitely see its appeal and influence. It's tasteless, shameless, and nasty. And I mean that in the most positive way."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Thumpingly good gore-fest."
‑ , Film4
"This is one of the greatest films ever made. Period. It's outrageous, erotic, gory, jaw-dropping, genre-busting ,shocking, and altogether exhilarating filmmaking."
‑ Brian Holcomb, PopMatters
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