|06.29.06||Internet|| This is a rip of the director's cut that just played on Monsters HD. For as loved and revered as Re-Animator is (and hey, I loves me my Re-Animator), I would've thought this would at least be on bare-bones DVD or something like that... but I guess not.|
When I was a kid, I remember seeing this one show late at night that was like a sort-of Siskel & Ebert except it was all horror movies... and I think it only came on once (or I only saw it once) and in 30 minutes they gave a tribute to Denholm Elliot, sung the praises of Street Trash (and showed the keep-away sequence with the guy's dork that stuck in my head for like 15 years), and reviewed the hell out of this movie by concentrating on the fetishistic obsession with Pineal glands. A few years later I'd do a report on sleep for my psychology class in highschool and read about the mysteries of this gland and how scientists still didn't exactly know what it did except to say it had something to do with sleep maybe. I spent a long time trying to figure out a way to show From Beyond in my psych class but ultimately only got away with Hitchcock's Spellbound. Anyway...
This movie... I dunno, man. It's pretty freakin awesome. I think it's the most faithful movie to the spirit of Lovecraft's stuff to date (although I still haven't seen that silent Call of Cthulhu). it's got the other-dimensionality, the insanity, the overreach of technology, and the seedy underbelly of the human psyche... with Jeffrey Combs in top form, Barbara Crampton just as hot as she was in Re-Animator (plus wearing bondage gear), and Ken Foree kicking ass. Of course I think I'll always like Re-Animator more but the two together really stand as Gordon's strongest work for me. Loved it. Had some incredible and imaginitive gore. I don't believe the director's cut is that much longer than the original but it's been so long since I've seen this that I couldn't tell what was added. All I know is this movie kicks ass and when it comes out on DVD I will buy it. So there.