“Herbert West—Reanimator” (1922)

Creators

H. P. Lovecraft (writer).

Commentary

Perhaps the most successful of Lovecraft’s macabre stories. It is amusingly extreme but otherwise comparable to the contemporary, more tasteful stories of M. R. James, e.g. “The Diary of Mr. Poynter” (1919).

References here: “A View from a Hill” (1925).

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Adaptation:

Re-Animator (1985) IMDb

Categorization

Mostly gore, some comedy, a little bit of decapitated cunnilingus. Loosely adapted from Frankenstein (1818) and H. P. Lovecraft’s story.

Subject

An American working in Switzerland has developed a way to cheat death, but the freshness of the brain is paramount, and side effects persist. The man travels to New England, hoping to continue his experiments and ascertain the proper human dosage.

Commentary

Possibly set in the near future (featuring laser saws that do not cauterize) and dragging in some supernatural stuff for spice.

References here: The Return of the Living Dead (1985).

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