31 Days of ’80s Horror – Re-Animator

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Welcome to 31 Days of ’80s Horror boys and ghouls! Each day in October I’ll be posting about a horror film from the 1980s, some of which you may have heard of, others may be a little more obscure. This is the month to celebrate all things spooky so I wanted to present some films from my favorite era of the horror genre. I hope you enjoy the column and discover some new ’80s horror flicks to watch, or rewatch, whatever the case may be. I know I’ll be checking out some of these ghastly tales myself since I’ve come across a few that even I’ve never heard of! So on with the horror! On with the terror! On with the ’80s!

Re-Animator movie poster


Herbert West is obsessed with the idea of bringing the dead back to life. Experimenting with a glowing green fluid, he successfully reanimates dead tissue. Unfortunately, the dead are uncontrollable and difficult to subdue. Dr. Carl Hill, West’s instructor, is determined to steal his secret and take all the credit for the discovery. Herbert isn’t willing to give it up so easily. No matter what the consequences are!

This Stuart Gordon film was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s short story Herbert West: The Reanimator. It stars Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton, who both went on to star in Gordon’s From Beyond and Castle Freak. This is the first film from Gordon that I ever saw and it remains amongst my favorite of his work. It’s both gross and funny, sometimes at the same time, and features some really fun practical make-up effects. I knew from the moment I watched a decapitated head give oral to a woman that this would be a memorable movie. This is a horror tale that has already become a classic, and deservedly so, from the cast, the direction and the gross fun on display, Re-Animator is an essential horror movie.

How to watch Re-Animator

Re-Animator is currently available on Blu-ray (Buy the Blu-ray on Amazon) and on DVD. (Buy the DVD on Amazon)

The movie is also available through Amazon Instant Video for rental or purchase. (Re-Animator on Amazon Instant)

Re-Animator is also currently available as a Netflix streaming title.


To see the other entries in the 31 Days of ’80s Horror column, click here!

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on @monsterpopcorn


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