Sunday, 4 January 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 16: Fri Jan 16

Re-Animator (Gordon, 1985): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.30pm


This film, part of the Cult starnd at BFI Southbank, also screens on 15 January. Full details here.

Time Out review:
When cleancut med student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) advertises for a roommate, little does he suspect how spectacularly his life - and the laws of creation - are about to be turned upside down. He soon wishes he'd heeded the caution of girlfriend Megan (Barbara Crampton), who can obviously spot a crazed re-animator when she sees one. In no time at all, Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) has brought Dan's dead cat twitching back to life with a syringe full of green gloop. The dean (Robert Sampson) fails to see the beneficial side and expels Dan and West, who promptly turn Burke and Hare in the university morgue. Mayhem ensues as the dead run amok. Dr Hill (David Gale), a rival for Megan's affections, loses his head - and then finds it again. The injection of humour into HP Lovecraft's 1922 tale is what saves this splatterfest from being mere fodder for gorehounds.
Nick Roddick

Here (and above) is the opening to the film.

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