Genre Guesstimation – Re-Animator (1985)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Darren of Movie Reviews 101 and it is Zombie Films

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Zombie Films.

“Who’s going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow. ” – Herbert West

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two medical students work on a project that will give life back to the dead but things obviously go wrong.

My Take on it – This is a film that deals with the un-dead, so I decided that despite the fact that I’m not a fan of horror films, I would still try and check it out to see what it’s all about.

This was such a terrible film that it’s so hard to even describe the extremes that they go to here.

The idea of resurrecting the dead from a scientific perspective is actually an interesting one, but this film presents the whole concept too weirdly that it’s quite hard to actually get any enjoyment out of it.

This film has a large cult following due to the strangeness and campyness of it all yet that doesn’t help it be any more interesting to watch since there is so much missing from such a film to make it more enjoyable. (And I watched the Director’s Cut which is twenty minutes longer)

There are films where the low budget aspect actually helps it but this film has the opposite effect and the low budget look and feel actually hurts the way that this film can be taken seriously even when dealing with themes like Zombies and the un-dead.

Bottom Line – Terrible film that deals with the idea of resurrecting the un-dead from a scientific perspective.  It might have worked much better of this wasn’t presented so strangely.  The strangeness of the film actually helped propel this film into having a large cult following, but it is missing so much in order to make it any good.  The low budget style actually works against this film because it comes across as being too unrealistic even when dealing with themes like these.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  In the DVD commentary, Jeffrey Combs expressed regret over the “Who’s going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow.” quote, mentioning that the “talking head” part got such a laugh out of theater audiences that the “sideshow” part (his personal favorite) often went entirely unheard. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close, they deal with the un-dead in this film in a very starneg way and it was not the kind of film that I would ever watch on purspose or for that matter ever again.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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