Re-animator is an amusing film that takes its sources in Frankenstein. With a similar solution, if not identical, to the one used four years later in Puppet Master, this film prefers not axing itself on science-fiction and develops better aspects. A fluorescent liquid is injected into a cadaver and it immediately starts to scream and struggle.
To this day, I still have trouble figuring out whether Jeffrey Combs, the one that plays the evil genius Herbert, is a terrible or an excellent actor; especially in this film. While reading his biography, if we scroll down to his most recent accomplishments, we find out that he is still playing absurd roles incarnated with tact. Regardless, he is hilarious in the role of the crazed scientist in Re-animator and he greatly contributes to what this classic has to offer.
The violence is more than sufficient and the actors are excellent in their excessive and amusing roles. All the characters are interrelated in a ridiculous manner and, fortunately, the film doesnít take itself too seriously. Each time that the situation becomes uselessly melodramatic, some un-dead creature jumps in our faces to make us smile. The film also has a few occasions to become somewhat dramatic but doesnít make use of these situations. As a notable example, it is with a frown, which I had difficulty accepting, that Megan reacts when she finds her dead cat in Herbertís fridge.
In conclusion, here is a zombie flick that gives importance to its characters, which werenít created with the sole purpose of dying. Be ready for tons of audacity and a vague atmosphere of dark humour.