Re-Animator (1985)

While taking a casual stroll in an online forum dedicated to enjoyments of one of the God’s greenest gifts, I found reference to this amazingly well done film from 1980s!

Dan Cain (Bruce Combs) is a law abiding medical student. With his girlfriend Megan Halsey (Barbara Crampton), the daughter of Dean Alan Halsey (Robert Sampson), Dan gets caught in the rivalry between a brilliant psycho student Herbert West (Jeffery Combs) and Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale), a corrupt professor who tries to hijack his research.

The research revolves around a glowing-green liquid which can make dead cells come alive even after hours of death and the idea of defeating death. West has tried it with dead animals, even Dan’s beloved cat wasn’t spared:

Dan's dead cat and the green-liquid scene

But his next subjects must be a dead human, they get loads of them and no one is spared from the zombie madness that follows.

This comedy-horror flick is wild, bizarre, psychotic, and will often shock you with how crazy they can get and how dedicated they are about it.

the beheaded rape scene, re-animator

It’d even make modern popular titles like Scary Movie, shy away. They aren’t compromising with concepts and ideas, even though it’s a comedy flick but rather they are more dedicated to get the details right. Given the budget (around $ 900,000) which was low for even 1985 standards, the film is done very well.

dedication of Dr. Carl Hill

Let’s take the opening credits, for instance:

Now that’s some good shit.

Blurring the lines between what is scary and what is a caricature makes this film what it is. This film is one fine specimen of an shining example of things done right. They really go out of the way when doing things:

It’s even better if you’re toking.

PS: The poster is from CHUD.com, the original and equally amazing poster is below:

Original Poster Re-Animator