Each month when I do this 31-day exercise, I repent of some of the classics, undoubtedly people say, ‘really, you haven’t seen that one?’ and so it is with the classic Re-animator. I have never seen this before tonight. Part of the reason why is I’m not a fan of the comedy stuff (although Dale and Tucker vs Evil is brilliant).
Right off the bat, I have to say the special effects are good, not John Carpenter good, but still good.
I think the problem that this film might have with today’s audiences is that it doesn’t have the Look and atmosphere was a horror film. The scenes are all bright, everything is lit and in that way it feels dated. Today’s movies are all about shadow, darkness and obscured shots. So if this same exact film, same script was shot with today’s look, I think it would be a big hit. If you can get past all of that, I still think it’s good. It similar to people who like modern comics, but can’t read Silver age stuff. They are still filled with great stories, you just have to put your mind back in those times with the art and visuals of the time.
This is pretty freaky. There are a couple of scenes that are pretty out there. So it does bring the horror in the second half. I recommend it.
Andres Salazar writes a horror graphic novel called Pariah Missouri, you can learn more at www.pariahmissouri.com