There are few horror movies more suited for the Joe Bob Briggs treatment than 1985’s “Re-Animator,” and Briggs seems so in his element with Stuart Gordon’s B-masterpiece that his passion is infectious. Despite being near the end of a twenty-four-plus hour marathon, Briggs is still sharp as a tack here and brings tremendous insight and information about the movie (not the least of which is its unlikely source material, a multi-part serial published by H.P. Lovecraft in 1922). The movie itself is sacred among gore fans and it’s easy to see why, what with its gonzo bloodletting and its impressive use of technical and makeup effects, not to mention Jeffrey Combs in the lead role, delivering the kind of B-horror performance that jumps out from the screen. The two combined together make for an entertaining, action-packed and often hilarious way to spend a few hours.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)