Source: Dread Central

“Image Entertainment has now announced that this September Stuart Gordon’s 1985 gleefully gory horror classic Re-Animator will be getting a digital upgrade.

The cult favorite H.P. Lovecraft tale that made Jeffrey Combs a horror icon, solidified Barbara Crampton’s status as one of the 80’s leading scream queens, and gave new meaning to the term “giving head” thanks to the late David Gale’s decapitated deviancy is coming to Blu-ray on September 4th.

Image Entertainment has not specified the disc extras other than to state it will be “packed with bonus features (existing from earlier DVD releases), including audio commentaries from the film’s director, producer and cast, interviews, extended scenes, galleries, and more.”

The suggested retail price is $17.97, but right now you can pre-order it on Amazon for $12.58.


Herbert West (Combs) is obsessed with the idea of bringing the dead back to life. Experimenting with a glowing green fluid, he successfully reanimates dead tissue. Unfortunately, the dead are uncontrollable and difficult to subdue. Dr. Carl Hill, West’s instructor, is determined to steal his secret and take all the credit for the discovery. Herbert isn’t willing to give it up so easily. No matter what the consequences are! Stylishly directed by Stuart Gordon (From Beyond), this film adaptation of the H.P. LOVECRAFT short story “Herbert West: Re-animator” is a non-stop gore fest filled with wit and humor.


Posted on 18th November 2008 by aaron in Reviews - Tags: , , ,


Directed by: George Elanjian Jr.

Written by: Michael Carmody (story)
Brent V. Friedman (writer)

Starring Re-Animator’s DAVID GALE

What did this DVD teach me? That the Japanese love just about fucking anything. Ah, Special Features. I don’t even know where to begin with SYNGENOR. I suppose I could start off with the good, as that won’t take very long. I loved the cheesy, campy 80’s-ness of the flick. I LOVED David Gale’s performance as this psycho head of this large corporation, Carter Brown. The performance reminded me a great deal of his role in Re-Animator; this crazed lunatic gonzo sort of performance. Also, there’s this unexplained green gunk he keeps shooting up into his brain.
The creature was also sort of interesting in a “man in a suit” kind of way, which believe me, I prefer over CG any day of the week. The creatures, the SYNGENOR of the title is a bit hard to describe. The movie makes them out to be a combination of genetic and cybernetic “perfection” for use on the battlefield. They look kind of like overgrown, mutant cicada vampires to me, with a little bit of reptile thrown in for good measure.
The acting of the male lead (I can’t remember his name, he was a reporter) and the female lead were actually rather strong and fairly good for this kind of b-horror/sci-fi sleaze-o-rama. They really seemed to take their roles seriously as opposed to the supporting cast who ended up looking like a bunch of cliches and goofballs.

Now for the bad. In addition to the supporting cast, let’s start at the very basics, the story. What-The-Fuck. All I can fathom is that they locked a desperate, out-of-work screenwriter in a room and fed him nothing but beer and stimulants driving him into a sort of half drunken maniacal frenzy. I can only imagine that this was written in pieces on shreds of notebook paper and toilet paper…used toilet paper. So, ok, there’s this place, ‘Something’ Cyberdyne (cough TERMINATOR cough) that has created the ultimate, invulnerable soldier because, in the future, war was going to take place in the middle east (well, they got that right), and they needed a soldier that stood up to conventional weaponry and didn’t need water. Get this, the creatures subsist on the spinal fluid of their victims…ok. And as far as that, “invulnerable to conventional weaponry” part goes, you see a pack of them taken down by shotguns, including one particularly fun scene where a guy sticks a shotty in the creature’s face and blows out the back of its head. Wild.
So I guess I could count the gore in this as fairly decent as well as there’s all sorts of blood and goop everywhere almost constantly. There’s also this side story about how they reproduce every 24 hours and squirt out pods, but, the filmmakers got a little sidetracked and didn’t really expand upon that except to explain how there were so many of them.
The transfer in this SPECIAL EDITION (why the fuck would this flick warrant a SPECIAL EDITION is beyond me, but meh, on with the review), SUCKED. No offense SYNAPSE, I appreciate the flicks, but this looks like it was taken directly from a decent copy of a VHS copy. It’s dark, grainy, just the kind of thing you’d expect when renting from one of the rare mom ‘n pops that’d still carry it on video. The special features were scarce, but there WERE some, including some behind-the-scenes stuff, a trip to Japan, and a visit to the monster-maker warehouse where the creature was being created. Some guy who worked special effects on ALIENS did the work on this one. Wiki it or google it if you really care.

All in all, I’d say this would be one to check out if you’re into that “direct-to-video-horror/sci-fi” thing, and there are a lot of choices out there. Not TOO bad, but not all that great either. It got something of a “meh” out of me while watching it and I found myself doing other things at times. It’s gonna get 1 skull outta 5 for creature, gore, and 80’s-ness alone. It almost warrants 2 skulls solely upon the performance of David Gale. Yeah, two skulls. David Gale, you carried the movie and pulled it up to a 2 out of 5. This skull’s dedicated to you. OH FUCK, I FORGOT, there’s also a FUCKING LAZER DEATH RAY! HA!
Keep it Creepy!