Re-Animator (1985) Revisited – Horror Movie Review

A new episode of our Revisited video series has now been released on the JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channel, and in this one we’re looking back at a film that ranks highly among the many genre classics to come out of the 1980s: director Stuart Gordon‘s 1985 film Re-Animator (watch it HERE)! To find out what we had to say about Re-Animator, check out the video embedded above.

Directed by Gordon from a screenplay he wrote with Dennis Paoli and William J. Norris (based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft), Re-Animator has the following synopsis:

Re-animation, the science of bringing dead creatures back to life, is Herbert West’s dream. West tests his secret life-rejuvenating potion on some cooperative corpses at a local morgue. It’s a success But only a temporary one – as the dead spring to life, reacting violently to their re-animation. Zombies are loose and now West cannot control the very beasts he has re-created. The born-again dead are unstoppable, even severed body parts take on life like so many split worms Herbert West has a serious problem – will he become the first in a new breed of headhunters or all of his woes coming to a head? 

The film stars Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, and Robert Sampson.

The Re-Animator episode of Revisited was Written and Narrated by Niki Minter, Edited by Lance Vlcek, Produced by Tyler Nichols and John Fallon, and Executive Produced by Berge Garabedian.

Several series on the JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channel are released under the Revisited banner. (Episodes of Best Horror Movie You Never Saw, The Black Sheep, Deconstructing, Horror Party Movies, Best Foreign Horror Movies, Playing with Fear, and Real Slashers are all labeled Revisited on YouTube.) We recently got a new series simply titled Revisited started with an episode dedicated to Chopping Mall. The second episode covered Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, the third looked at Videodrome, and Jacob’s Ladder was the fourth in the series. Re-Animator is number five.

Three previous episodes of Revisited can be seen below. To see more of our shows, head over to the JoBlo Horror Originals channel – and subscribe while you’re at it!

Source: Arrow in the Head

About the Author

Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.