To say that the Stuart Gordon movie Re-Animator is one of my all-time favorite “guilty pleasure” movies would be putting it mildly. Taking as it’s basis (very loosely indeed) the original story by H. P. Lovecraft, the movie goes so far over the top that by it’s end you can barely even see the hole that it left in the roof.
If you’ve never seen the flick, I’ll simply say that it’s an extremely dark comedy that centers around the obsessive desire of a very mad scientist to create a formula which will bring back the dead, but which by its end includes tons of zombies, loads of gore, buckets of blood, and more-than-gratuitous nudity. It also examines just how far a headless college professor will go in his obsession to possess and profess his love for a beautiful co-ed.
Just the idea of translating all of this into a stage musical has me saying “Wha! Buh… how?” Then to find out that the play is being directed by Stuart Gordon himself (he also co-wrote the adaptation) and features George Wendt in a supporting role, well let’s just say if I were anywhere near where it is going to be playing, I’d be there in a flash.
Here’s a trailer for the show:
And I’ll also say that if you’ve never seen the movie, and the description of it that I gave above makes you at all curious, then you owe it to yourself to check it out.
- Legends of Horror – Stuart Gordon (supermarcey.com)
- Edinburgh Festival 2012: Re-Animator the Musical, Assembly George Square, review (telegraph.feedsportal.com)
- Film review: Re-Animator (pete975.wordpress.com)