Re-Animator (1985)

Scientist Herbert West has discovered a fluid which brings living tissue back to life. After the death of his professor, West moves to a new university to continue his research. He involves a fellow student and the student's fiancée in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 10, 1997
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Perfectly mixing humor and horror, the only thing more effective than Re-Animator's gory scares are its dry, deadpan jokes.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

It's simply the best, funniest Grand Guignol horror picture to come along in ages.

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Variety Staff

Pic has a grisly sense of humor, and sometimes is so gross and over the top the film tips over into a bizarre comedy.

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Anton Bitel
FilmLand Empire

a retelling of Frankenstein with a psychosexual spin... an infectiously fun foray into science at its most insane and least ethical, as the mind's higher goals are repeatedly driven by the body's basest desires.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Oh, those crazy doctors, when will they ever learn to stop messing around with the natural order of life and death?

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Nicholas Royle
Time Out

The injection of humour into HP Lovecraft's 1922 tale is what saves this splatterfest from being mere fodder for gorehounds.

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Keith Bailey
Radio Times

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's this kind of flat-footed stuff that gives garbage a bad name.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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Bill Kelley
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

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Samuel Riley
This easily defines an 80's 'so violent its funny' B-Movie. Its unfortunate that is has very little or no relevance for today's society.… More
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