Blu-ray Review: RE-ANIMATOR Is Alive And Well With This Great Blu-ray Package - Movies In Focus
Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator is gloriously gory. The film, based on H. P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West Reanimator, is a prime slice of the ‘80s horror scene. It’s darkly comic, bloody as hell and totally over the top. You have to accept it for what it is or don’t. If you buy into it then you’ll have a great time, despite the fact that it’s all totally ludicrous. Bruce Abbot and Jeffrey Combs play two young medical students fascinated by the possibility of bridging the dead back to life (isn’t that always the case?). They realise their dream, but an evil fame-hungry doctor (David Gale) is suspicious of their work and he soon tries to steal the sequel behind their medical magic. The core concept of reanimating the dead is a famous staple of the horror genre. Stuart Gordon knows that this is ridiculous and he plays-up the far fetched monuments with great gusto – one of the film’s stand-out moments features a crazed-reanimated cat. The performances are equally broad, with Jeffery Combs’ West teetering on the brink of insanity. Meanwhile, Bruce Abbot keeps things more grounded as the film’s ‘straight man’. These performances match the film’s neo-camp, goth aesthetic and they [...]