Monday, May 14, 2012

My Heroes Have Always Been Monsters Part 7

    Re-Animator remains one of my all time favorite movies. Based on the story Herbert West-Reanimator by  HP Lovecraft, it's a gore soaked take on the Frankenstein story with wild and disgusting effects from start to stop. Directed by Stuart Gordon (who has done other masterful adaptations of Lovecraft-Dagon, From Beyond, Castle Freak) and produced by Brian Yuzna (who would go on to make the sequels Bride of Re-Animator and Beyond Re-Animator), the movie follows the exploits of Herbert West, a young doctor who develops an chemical agent that can bring the dead back to life. Unlike Dr. Frankenstein, who becomes horrified and disgusted with what he has created, West accelerates his experimentation, feverishly trying to perfect the dosage, and overcome death once and for all. His roommate becomes entangled in West's madness and together they run headlong into a downward spiral of violence and horror.
West is played by Jeffrey Combs,  who has starred in eight Lovecraft adaptations, Re-Animator is his most famous role. Combs is the anchor of the film, with his steely coolness and never backing down from the madness.

Keep watching the sky, nerds!

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