The short story:
- Adaptation Displacement: Herbert West: Reanimator was written in 1921 and 1922, and Lovecraft and 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: HP Lovecraft was a racist note . Here's how he describes a black boxer in the Re-Animator short stories.
"He was a loathsome, gorilla-like thing, with abnormally long arms which I could not help calling fore legs, and a face that conjured up thoughts of unspeakable Congo secrets and tom-tom poundings under an eerie moon."
- 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.
- 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.