Dir. Andrew Niccol2005This is a film I wanted to like more than I did. After…
Dir: Stuart Gordon
Can you believe I’d never seen Re-Animator until now? I lived outside of the States for the middle part of the ’80s, and where I lived was far from the cinema, and we couldn’t afford those newfangled VCR thingies. So a lot of “classic” ’80s films have passed me by.
It was my friend Chris S_____ who recommended I see the film in a “you mean you’ve never?” situation. That on top of my Lovecraft reading this week made the screening a must. All spruced up for a 2-DVD set, the film now looks great instead of a “video nasty,” which was always its reputation in the U.K.
So, the film was a jolly lot of fun. I like my horror less hilarious, but I did admire its silliness. But I don’t feel there’s much to say about the film a few days after watching it. Some points:
Fake cats always amuse–fake, psychotic, undead cats are even better.
Complete nudity from the lead actress dates this film to that most liberal of eras…the Reagan Administration.
Dr. Hill (David Gale) looks strangely like John Kerry.
It’s perfectly fitting that the magic potion in an ’80s film is neon green.
A great, Hermann-inspired soundtrack by Richard Band–the soundtrack lends a touch of seriousness to the film which a rock band wouldn’t.
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