Re-Animator (1985)

I hadn’t seen this movie since I was a kid and I remember it freaked me out. A young scientist named Herbert West (Jeffery Combs) has discovered the secret to reanimating dead flesh. Very Dr. Frankensteinesque with a bit more style and gore. West has concocted a glowing serum that he injects into dead things to bring them back to life. It works, but what comes back isn’t necessarily civilized. He moves in with Dan Cain, a fellow student and resident at the hospital with access to lots of dead bodies. West plays up the mad scientist role, testing on cadavers and his roommate’s cat! When Dr. Hill, a lobotomy-happy doctor at the university tries to steal his secret formula, West cuts off his head and injects it with the serum. Seems like a good idea until Dr. Hill’s body and severed head walk out with the formula and Cain’s girlfriend and go back to the lab for some experimentation. Filled with melodrama and humor this is a classic horror movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5.