Explicit gore was beginning to infiltrate the grindhouses of America, and ensured that employees of the British Board of Film Censors were working hard for their salaries. Strong reactions from the public, fuelled by politicians, tabloids and critics, set in motion outrage that would result in many splatter films being outright banned; especially in the United Kingdom.
The first time I watched Re-Animator was on HBO, late one evening. I had never heard of the film; however 95 minutes later it became one of my favorite movies of all time. Adapted from the H.P. Lovecraft novella “Herbert West, Re-Animator”, this splattery opera is well worth multiple viewings.
Re-Animator is one of the best horror films of the 1980s and of any era. It has an uncommon mix of horror, suspense, humor, sex and splatter to entertain the most jaded of cult and horror fans.
“Herbert West has a very good head on his shoulders…and another one in a dish on his desk.”
Fright-Rags are re-animating movie trading card tradition with their House of Fright Wax Packs. “Death is just the beginning…” Stuart Gordon’s 1985 Lovecraftian comedy/horror Re-Animator is the first film to receive the reagent!