Re-Animator (1985) Movie Review

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Re-Animator (1985)

1985 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
105 minutes / 1h 45min

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Re-Animator Plot Synopsis:

A medical student and his girlfriend become involved in a bizarre experiment into reanimating the dead conducted by the student's incorrigible housemate in this campy sendup of an H.P. Lovecraft story. The emphasis is on humour but once the dead walk, there is gore aplenty.

Re-Animator (1985) Review

Stuart Gordon directed Re-Animator (1985) is written by Dennis Paoli based on the story Herbert West, Re-Animator written by H.P. Lovecraft. Re-Animator won 4 movie awards and was nominated for 2 more awards. Re-Animator was filmed on an estimated $900,000 movie budget to get $2 million at the US box office.

Re-Animator tells the tale of bizarre experiments to re-animate dead human bodies. Jeffrey Combs stars as Herbert West and Barbara Crampton as Megan Halsey.


Hubert West studies include reviving the dead human brain and creates a re-animator fluid in which he injects into his subjects and raises them back from the dead. The fluid still has it’s side effects and this zombie film has great thrills thanks to Jeffrey Combs’ performance, which is stunning.

Best zombie kill scene: An unsuspecting zombie is the victim of Dr. Herbert West as he uses an electric bone saw to perform heart surgery.

  • Re-Animator Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 7.88
  • IMDB: 7.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.5

About Re-Animator 1985

Title: Re-Animator
Year: 1985
Runtime: 105 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.94/5 stars from 47,774 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 47,774 MPAA Rating: R
Re-Animator Cast Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Gerry Black, Bruce Abbott, David Gale, Peter Kent, Greg Robbins, Al Berry, Annyce Holzman, Velvet Debois, Lawrence Lowe, Robert Holcomb, Mike Filloon, Greg Reid, Robert Sampson, Jack Draheim, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Robert Pitzele, Kim Deitch, Barbara Pieters, Ian Patrick Williams, Craig Reed, Bunny Summers, Derek Pendleton, Gene Scherer, James Ellis, James Earl Cathay
Re-Animator Writers: H.P. Lovecraft, Dennis Paoli, William Norris
Re-Animator Director: Stuart Gordon
Production: Empire Pictures
Language: English, German
Country: USA