Re-Animator (1985)

USA, 1985
86m, 95m (unrated version)
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Stuart Gordon.

Plot Summary

American medical student Herbert Wise returns from Austria where his experiments in reanimating the dead have ended in tragedy. At Miskatonic University, he enlists the help of room-mate Dan Cain to pursue his work, and the pair are soon up to their necks in walking dead…


Director: Stuart Gordon
Empire Pictures, Re-Animator Productions Inc
Executive Producers: Michael Avery, Bruce Curtis
Producer: Brian Yuzna
Associate Producers: Bob Greenberg, Charles Donald Storey
Script: Dennis Paoli, William J. Norris, Stuart Gordon
Story: Herbert West, Re-Animator by H.P. Lovecraft
Directors of Photography: Mac Ahlberg
Editor: Lee Percy
Music: Richard Band
Sound Mixer: Don Summer
Costumer: Robin Burton
Key Make-up: Sharon A. Long
Hair: Melonie Nadinia Cleric
Special Make-up Effects: Anthony Doublin, John Naulin
Additional Special Effects Designers and Creators: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries
Special Effects: Anthony Doublin, John Naulin
Art Director: Robert A. Burns

Jeffrey Combs (Herbert West)
Bruce Abbott (Dan Cain)
Barbara Crampton (Megan Halsey)
David Gale (Dr Carl Hill)
Robert Sampson (Dean Alan Halsey)
Gerry Black (Mace)
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon (Dr Harrod)
Peter Kent (Melvin)
Barbara Pieters (nurse)
Ian Patrick Williams (Swiss professor)
Bunny Summers (Swiss doctor)
Al Berry (Dr Gruber)
Derek Pendleton (Swiss policeman 1)
Gene Scherer (Swiss policeman 2)
James Ellis (psycho ward guard 1)
James Earl Cathay (psycho ward guard 2)
Hans Jonnason, Greg Rose (Dr Hill’s body doubles)
Annyce Holzman (E-R patient corpse)
Velvet Debois (slit wrist girl corpse)
Lawrence Lowe (failed operation corpse)
Robert Holcomb (motorcycle accident corpse)
Mike Filloon (bullet wound to face corpse)
Greg Reid (one-armed man corpse)
Jack Draheim (tall skinny guy corpse)
Robert Pitzele (bald O-R corpse)

Bride of Re-Animator (1990)
Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

See also
The Brain (1988)
Braindead (1992)
Fortress (1993)
The Guyver (1991)
Free Enterprise (1998)
Idle Hands (1999)
Nightmare Sisters (1987)
Ninja: The Violent Sorcerer (1986)
Psycho (1960)
Robocop: Prime Directives (2000)
Severed Ties (1992)
Vertigo (1958)



Écran Fantastique no.52 (January 1985) p.10 – note (Cineflash: Echos de tournage by Glles Polinien)
Empire February 1999 p.126 – review (Adam Smith)
Entertainment Weekly no.656 (31 May 2002) p.83 – review (by Ty Burr)
Première March 1986 p.15 – review (Stella Molitor)


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