I’ve never been a huge fan of comedic horror, but there are three movies (all from the ‘80s) that I think got the formula unquestionably right: Street Trash (1987), Brain Damage (1988) and the best one of all, 1985’s Re-Animator.
Re-Animator, based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, Herbert West - Reanimator, has stood the test of time and maintains a solid cult following. It spawned two sequels, Bride of Re-Animator and Beyond Re-Animator and even an outrageously campy (and extremely bloody) musical, directed by the film’s creator, Stuart Gordon. Arrow Video has recently released some absolutely incredible special edition Blu-rays of both Re-Animator and Bride of Re-Animator that get my highest recommendation. You can tell a lot of love went into those reissue packages.
You can also tell a lot of love went into the newly announced Re-Animator action figure which will be released by NECA this summer.
The set contains an eight-inch retro-style action figure of Herbert West as well as a bottle of reagent, a bloody shovel, Rufus the (un)dead cat, and Dr. Hill’s undead head in the metal tray.
NECA’s official announcement indicates that the clothed figure will come in resealable clamshell packaging.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Re-Animator action figure. Amok Time put out a 3.75 inch Herbert West figure a couple of years ago which is still available. It’s not nearly as cool as this one though:
The trailer for ‘Re-Animator the Musical.’ Note the headless Dr. Hill costume worn by DM pal Jesse Merlin at 2:06. Obviously someone from Lady Gaga’s employ must’ve seen the musical—which co-starred George Wendt from TV’s ‘Cheers’—as Gaga was seen performing in a strikingly similar costume on ‘X-Factor UK’ just several weeks after the show opened in Los Angeles.
Via: Bloody Disgusting
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
‘The Criterion of shit movies’: Arrow Video’s lionization of lowbrow