Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is a brilliant medical student who has perfected a green-glowing serum for regenerating life into dead things -- or evenpartsof dead things. But a corrupt superior, Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale), assumes control of West's experiments and winds up, by ghastly necessity, using the stuff on his own severed head and body. West and in-over-his-head co-worker Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) struggle to control the now out-of-control effects of the serum, but the bone-saws and zombies complicate their plans.
This raw, bloody, low-budget horror-comedy was loosely based on stories byH.P. Lovecraft. The story deals with college med students reviving dead bodies with a serum which accidentally turns them into violent, bloodthirsty zombies.Jeffrey Combsis perfect as the obsessed Dr. West, andBruce Abbottmakes a good naive straight-man forCombs' nerdy lunatic. The lateDavid Galestands out as the jealous Dr. Hill, who ends up decapitated, then re-animated and wandering around with his head in his hands, only to perform a particularly foul act upon nude scream-queenBarbara Crampton. DirectorStuart Gordonstages some impressive gore scenes and some very funny gallows humor; many considerRe-Animatoras the best American splatter comedy of the '80s.
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