|Writers:||Stuart Gordon, William J. Norris, and Dennis Paoli|
|Starring:||Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, and David Gale|
|The Plot: Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is a young medical student who has recently transferred to Miskatonic University. Dan (Bruce Abbott) is a lovable young everyman who attends the same university and is studying to become an MD himself. He also has a girlfriend named Megan (Barbra Crampton) who he desperately loves, but she is the dean’s daughter and they are both waiting until graduation before contemplating marriage. When Dan puts out an advertisement for a new roommate, the last person he expects to take him up on this offer is the awkward new kid Herbert West. Yet, Herbert and Dan hit it off fairly well. Although Megan isn’t a big fan of West, the situation seems to be working out. That is until Dan finds out about Herbert Wests’ research. West believes that he can beat “brain death,” and he has a green solution that is supposed to help him get that job done. Unfortunately, as Dan gets roped into this quest to stop death, the two find themselves dealing with reanimated bodies that are becoming ruthlessly violent and powerful. With each experiment the two find themselves getting deeper and deeper into a dark world of trouble, but will they get out of this situation before something truly terrible takes place?|
By the time my teenage years had rolled around, I had become very familiar with Sam Raimi and the Evil Dead series. If ever there were a series that showcased the movie quantifiably perfect mix of gory horror and comedy, Raimi’s series would be the place to look. Yet, when Re-Animator came along, there were few examples of this burgeoning genre. While pioneering the way for this horror and comedy mix, Re-Animator demonstrates a tremendous amount of wit that is often ignored by current filmmakers. Similar to the Evil Dead franchise, Re-Animator plays its humor completely straight. Herbert West could have been played as a maniacal scientist, but instead Jeffrey Combs takes the role and plays this character as a bit of a socially-backwards… well, jerk. There’s really no easy way to relate the personality of this character other than calling him a jerk, because that’s precisely what he is. His narcissism and slightly cocky personality is absolutely the reason that he, despite being one of the “villains” within this movie, has become a character that has become more popular than his films.