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Heads up, campy cult classic lives up to reputation.,
This review is from: Re-Animator (2 Disc Collector's Edition)  [DVD] (DVD)
After all these years I finally got around to watching Stuart Gordon's much loved and much talked about adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's Herbert West, Re-Animator. The author was a bit dismissive of his own story, but the filmic adaptation is a riotous ball of blood, guts, sexual kinks and laughs.
Plot in a nutshell finds two medical students getting more than they ever could bargain for when they start reviving corpses with Herbert West's (Jeffrey Combs wonderful) gooey serum.
It's all very 80s, but in a good way, because it takes one away from remembering all the formulaic slasher movies that dominated the decade, so with that in mind Gordon's movie should not be under valued in the context of being different. It obviously isn't for everyone, but for those with a bent for horror comedy spliced together as some sort of funny Freudian grue fest, then this is the bomb.
It doesn't need selling to most horror fans, but to the tentatively interested I say don't make the mistake I made and wait 28 years to see it! 7.5/10