I was promised H.P. Lovecraft! What I got were a few references and zero Cthulhu. Well, I guess I haven’t actually read the Lovecraft novella this was based on (“Herbert West: Reanimator”). My own fault. I guess for me what was missing was a Lovecraftian “feel.” This was straight out of the 80s.
There are, however, plenty of buck-naked corpses floundering around, lots of grisly medical scenes, and some pretty cheesy special effects. This is a plot that has been done many times before and since – one could even argue that Frankenstein is also a reanimator, although his tale is less wacky and full of bizarre moments with a head on a table.
- The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962) – Another mad scientist, another head on a table. The MST3K version is the one I watched and it was great (possibly one of their best).
- The Fly (1986) – Cheesy special effects and Jeff Goldblum.
- The Lazarus Effect (2015) – A group of scientists work to reanimate animal corpses, but after their project is shut down and their lead researcher dies, they decide to reanimate her. Also death by e-cig.