On this episode of I Spit on Your Podcast, we talk cosmic horror, controversial creators, and the cessation of life with “Re-Animator”.
Episode 32: SPINSTER’S CHOICE (RE-ANIMATOR)
It’s Spinster’s Choice, where one of our lovely Spinsters picks a favorite film for us to dissect, discuss, and debate. For this episode, Jessica chose the 1985 horror-comedy Re-Animator!
Re-Animator is loosely based on the 1922 H. P. Lovecraft serial novelette “Herbert West–Reanimator”. Directed by Stuart Gordon and produced by Brian Yuzna, the film stars Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West, a medical student who has invented a reagent that can re-animate deceased bodies. He and his classmate Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) begin to test the serum on dead human bodies, and conflict with Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale), who is infatuated with Cain’s fiancée (Barbara Crampton) and wants to claim the invention as his own.
We chat about the film, its comparison to the original story of grave robbing and experimentation by H.P. Lovecraft, and, of course, touch upon the realm of cosmic horror. We explore the influence of Lovecraft on horror as we know it today, but also our own personal thoughts and struggles with the celebration of this controversial figure. We also explore the early 20th-century “immortality projects”, the Western ideas (and fears) of death and dying, and we even talk about our own death plans.
Enjoy… and welcome to our dark side!
ABOUT THIS PODCAST
Jess and Kelly co-host the well-produced, highly entertaining, and insightful monthly podcast known as I SPIT ON YOUR PODCAST. Every month, they explore the world of horror entertainment, with each episode centering around a particular theme. This is a time once a month where Jess puts down her bloody knitting needles and Kelly steps away from the TV to discuss horror movies and other horror mediums with thoughtful analysis, research, and passion.