Re-Animator Horror Movie Pics
October 25, 2008 / 10277
Re-Animator is a 1985 horror film directed by Stuart Gordon and based on the H. P. Lovecraft story “Herbert West: Reanimator” and first of the Re-Animator series. It stars Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Herbert West, a medical student who transfers from a school in Europe to the medical school of Miskatonic University to continue developing a formula to revive the dead. His testing of the agent leads to unintended consequences for West and his new roommate, Dan Cain. The movie has since become a cult film, driven by fans of Combs, extreme gore, and successful combination of horror and comedy. It currently has a score of 92% on critic site Rotten Tomatoes.
After being expelled from the Zurich University Institute of Medicine in Switzerland, Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) arrives at Miskatonic University in New England in order to further his studies. He rents a room from fellow medical student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), and converts the building’s basement into his own personal laboratory. Cain, meanwhile, is secretly dating Megan (Barbara Crampton), daughter of school dean Alan Halsey (Robert Sampson).
There is an instant animosity between West and faculty member Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale). Hill’s theory of brain death bears a remarkable resemblance to that of West’s mentor, Dr. Hans Gruber (Al Berry), a professor in Zürich. In the opening scene, West brings this dead professor back to life with horrific side-effects; a result, as West explains, of having given Gruber an overdose of his re-agent. Undaunted, West continues his personal research at Miskatonic, soon re-animating Dan’s dead cat, Rufus. Upon Dan’s discovery of this, West quickly recruits him as his partner.
Soon the two sneak into the morgue to test the re-agent on a human subject. The corpse revives and goes on a rampage, attacking both West and Cain before escaping into the autopsy room. Dean Halsey stumbles upon the scene and, despite attempts by both West and Cain to save him, is brutally killed by the re-animated corpse. Armed with a bone saw, West finally manages to dispatch that which he’s only just brought back to life. Hardly fazed by the violence and excited at the prospect of a fresh dead subject to work with, West injects Halsey with the re-agent. Halsey returns to life, but in a zombie-like state.
Dr. Hill discovers West’s work, imprisons and eventually lobotomizes Halsey, while forcing West to continue the research so that Hill can take credit for the serum’s discovery. West kills Hill, decapitating him with a shovel, then re-animates both his head and body. Hill knocks out West and escapes, carrying his head, stealing the serum and sending the lobotomized Halsey out to kidnap Megan.
Cain and West track Halsey to the morgue where they find Hill molesting a restrained Megan. Cain frees Megan while West distracts Hill. Hill reveals that he has re-animated and lobotomized several corpses so they will do his bidding. However, Megan manages to get through to her lobotomized father, who fights off the corpses long enough for Cain and Megan to escape. In the ensuing chaos, Halsey is torn to pieces by the other corpses and West injects Hill’s body with what he believes is a lethal overdose of the serum. Hill’s body takes on a horribly monstrous new form and attacks West, who screams out to Cain to save his work before he continues fighting with Hill. West appears in the next sequel, but it is unclear on how the fight ended.
As Dan and Megan run from the morgue, Megan is attacked by one of the re-animated corpses and killed. Dan takes her to the hospital emergency room but is unable to revive her. He injects her with West’s serum. Just after the scene fades to black, Megan screams.