The short story:
- Adaptation Displacement: Herbert West: Reanimator was written in 1921 and 1922, and Lovecraft was known to dislike the story; as such it was rarely reprinted and remained largely obscure for decades. The movie has almost completely supplanted it in popular culture.
- Values Dissonance: There is an extremely racist description of a black boxer that would be considered disturbing to most modern-day readers.
- Crazy Awesome: Dr. West
- Contractual Immortality: Being played by Jeffrey Combs ensures that West survives the gory finale of each film against all odds— a sharp 180 degree inversion from the original novella, in which West ends up a victim of his reanimation subjects, torn to pieces by an undead mob.
- Crosses the Line Twice: Okay, West killing Dr. Hill can be justified, he had it coming... But him decapitating him wholly and then re-animating the head and body separately for what amounts to shits and giggles? Seriously!
- As usual, he justifies this with For Science!; he's never tried reanimating individual body parts before - and it works! Hill wakes up with his intelligence intact. Of course, bringing that guy of all people back was a bad idea, but at least it impacted how his research continued in Bride.
- Slow-Paced Beginning: The entire purpose of the opening scene with the scientist's exploding head is because some crew members were worried the movie would otherwise take too long to get to the good stuff.
- Squick: Plenty, but the scene where Dr. Hill brings a whole new meaning to the term "giving head" stands out in particular.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: The theme music is essentially stolen from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.