Re-Animator (1985) – movie review

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Re-Animator (1985)

Directed by Stuart Gordon
Produced by Brian Yuznamy top 10 1980s horror

Bruce Abbott
Jeffrey Combs
Barbara Crampton
David Gale
Robert Sampson

In the first 60 seconds of this film an old man’s bulging eyes explode splashing blood into a woman’s face. A few minutes later there’s a sex scene with Megan, (Babara Crompton) and Dan (Bruce Abbott). This is just the tip of the iceberg that makes up the insane world of Re-Animator. The circumstances, blood and guts, and over-the-top effects are reticent of the 1980s itself. The teaming of Brian Yuzna and Stuart Gordon on this film (and From Beyond) produce something so horribly vile and disgusting to the point you have to laugh; it is nothing less than Black poster

The story is a far cry from the original Re-Animator tale penned by Lovecraft to where only the names, places and basic premise remain. Doctor Herbert West has a serum that when it’s injected into the brain stem, can bring people and animals back to life. He demonstrates on mutilated cat. First Megan’s father dies and they bring him back to life. He’s not the same. Then West uses the serum on University professor Dr. Hill. At first, Dr. Hill doesn’t believe the serum will work, but when Hill tries to take credit for the serum, West kills him. Once back to life and feeling indestructible, Hill decides to fulfill his fantasy with Dan’s fiance, Megan, and kidnaps her.

What hard-core gore scenes shall I talk about? I guess the most vile are the creepy old man (Hill) makes advances on the young college student scenes. Horrifying! Hill’s head, separated from his body puts some gnarly sex moves on a naked and restrained Megan.

Despite being in previous horror films, it was Comb’s role in Re-Animator that gained him notoriety as a campy horror actor and fan favorite. The music by Richard Band provided excellent accompaniment to the craziness of the film, especially in the tense pacing of the main theme which was heavily influenced by the main theme in Psycho. John Naulin handled the Special FX using 24 gallons of blood, 10 times more than he’d ever used on a film previously. Re-Animator has since become a cult favorite and spawned several sequels including Bride of Re-Animator.

And check out the other classic Gordon/Yuzna vile collaboration, From Beyond

A darkly funny Gordon/Yuzna gorefest that took Lovecraft ideas and mashed them with over-the-top 1980s, body horror excess!

I give it 4.1 headless corpses out of 5 on the Frankenstein scale of b-horror re-animated flesh flicks.


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Society (1989) – Movie review

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Society (1989) 

The rich in America live off the life blood of hard working people in the under-classes. Yuzna takes that notion literally in SocietyPosterthis black comedy, body-horror flick. High school student, Bill, doesn’t feel comfortable with the high society clicks of his parents and older sister. He is given a tape recording of what sounds like his family involved in a murder that brings them to a sadistic ecstasy. He begins to investigate but it’s not until he attends one of the high society parties that he learns the truth – the rich are literally feeding off the poor. The story moves a bit slow and choppy in some areas but most of the special-FX are fantastic examples of vivid imagination brought to the screen. Although released in Europe in 1989, the film was shelved in the US until 1992 – perhaps by rich Hollywood execs not wanting us to know the truth about their sustenance.

Directed by Brian Yuzna
Stars; Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, Ben Meyerson
Special-FX by Screamin’ Mad George
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Not a great flick but worth a watch for some surprising special effects sequences and dark comedic chuckles.
I give it a 3.0 on the bio-muck scale of b-movie, body-horror flicks!

Slither (2006) – Movie review

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Slither (2006)

I hate slugs. Especially slugs that want to crawl into your mouth and turn you into a mindless automaton. The parasite slugslither dvds crash land in a meteor ala The Blob. The slugs take over town members and/or eat them. They even keep one alive, Brenda, to produce thousands of slug offspring. When the survivors, Bill the Sherriff, Starla (Elizabeth Banks), Mayor Jack and Kylie find her, she is the size of the barn she is kept in. Boy, is she hungry! She explodes! Slugs everywhere! The band of survivors make their way to Grant’s house. Grant (Michael Rooker – Yes, Merle from The Walking Dead!) is the head slug, the mind behind the hive mentality of the slug nest. Starla seduces the bulging, blob-like, Grant- parasite in order for Bill to execute a plan to save the earth. Amusing black comedy and fun special-fx make this worth a watch.

Directed by James Gunn
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks and Michael Rooker
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Good plot and good special-fx, but what makes this a cut above is a few good laughs!
I give this a 4.0 on the slimy-slug scale of creepy-crawly-comedy celluloid.

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