Re-Animator (film series)

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Re-Animator (film series)
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Directed byStuart Gordon
Brian Yuzna
Based onHerbert West–Reanimator
by H. P. Lovecraft
StarringJeffrey Combs
Bruce Abbott
Barbara Crampton
David Gale
Release date
CountryUnited States

Re-Animator is a film series consisting of three horror films directed by Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna. They are based on the 1922 short story Herbert West–Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft. The lead character, Herbert West, is portrayed by actor Jeffrey Combs in all three films.


Film Director Writer(s) Producer(s)
Re-Animator (1985)[1] Stuart Gordon Stuart Gordon, William J. Norris, Dennis Paoli Brian Yuzna
Bride of Re-Animator (1990)[2] Brian Yuzna Rick Fry, Woody Keith, Brian Yuzna
Beyond Re-Animator (2003).[3] Miguel Tejada-Flores, José Manuel Gómez, Brian Yuzna Brian Yuzna, Julio Fernández, Carlos Fernández

Unproduced sequels[edit]

Two unproduced sequels were Island of Re-Animator, a The Island of Doctor Moreau-style story[4] and the better known House of Re-Animator[5] which would have featured Dr. Herbert West reanimating the President of the United States.[4]


In 2017, an Italian version entitled Herbert West: Re-Animator was released with Emanuele Cerman as Dr. Herbert West.[6] A film by the name of Antihuman was set to release in early 2017 before being rebranded into the Re-Animator franchise as Re-Animator: Evolution with Johnathan Schaech in the lead role as Dr. Herbert West. The title was then changed to Herbert West: Re-Animator with a release date of December 15, 2018, and Schaech no longer on the cast list. It was described as "much darker, more thought provoking, and more so grounded in science than the original film" and will keep in tune with the original Lovecraft story. No news has been released since late 2016 though.[7][8]

Comic books[edit]

Between 1991 and 1992, Adventure Comics, a division of Malibu Comics, released two miniseries related to the films:

  • Re-Animator, a three-issue adaptation of the first movie
  • Re-Animator: Dawn of the Re-Animator, a four-issue prequel to the films


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (October 18, 1985). "Re Animator (1985) SCREEN: STUART GORDON DIRECTS 'RE-ANIMATOR". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent (February 22, 1991). "The Bride of Re Animator (1990) Review/Film; Bride's Head Revisited". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Beyond Re-Animator". The New York Times.
  4. ^ a b Squires, John (November 8, 2016). "'House of Re-Animator': The Presidential Sequel That Never Happened". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  5. ^ Condit, Jon (September 25, 2006). "Exclusive: Yuzna Talks Re-Animator Future!". Dread Central. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  6. ^ "Herbert West: Re-Animator (2017)". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  7. ^ Miska, Brad (September 19, 2016). "'Re-Animator: Evolution' is Basically a Remake (Exclusive)". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  8. ^ Calvario, Liz (September 20, 2016). "'Re-Animator: Evolution' In Development, Will Be 'A Remake of Sorts' of the Original". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-09-17.

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