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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Of course. [[spoiler:For one example, Hill's severed head still manages to talk despite a lack of lungs to push air through his vocal chords.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: ArtisticLicenseBiology:
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Of course. [[spoiler:For one example, Hill's severed head still manages to talk despite a lack of lungs to push air through his vocal chords.]]



* CameBackWrong: '''''EVERYBODY''''' who comes back comes back wrong in at least some way.

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* CameBackWrong: '''''EVERYBODY''''' who comes back comes back wrong is off in at least some way.



* CuriosityKilledTheCast: West re-animates every dead person and animal he comes across {{for science}}, despite the fact that they ''keep trying to kill him''.

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* CuriosityKilledTheCast: West re-animates every dead person and animal he comes across {{for science}}, despite the fact that they ''keep trying to kill him''. [[spoiler: Even so, he manages to survive all three films.]]



* DeadpanSnarker: West. Sometimes it isn't even verbal, like when he kept snapping his pencils to interrupt a professor he didn't agree with.

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* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
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West. Sometimes it isn't even verbal, like when he kept snapping his pencils to interrupt a professor he didn't agree with.



* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:West meets his seeming fate in this movie when he is caught by Dr. Hill'z hyper-reanimated intestinal tract, which binds him like a living lasso and drags him into the mist as other zombies wildly flail around in the morgue. We never see him get killed, but the inferral is that he's met a KarmicDeath... and then the sequels come out and reveal he survived and escaped.]]

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* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:West meets his seeming fate in this movie when he is caught by Dr. Hill'z hyper-reanimated intestinal tract, which binds him like a living lasso and drags him into the mist as other zombies wildly flail around in the morgue. We never see him get killed, but the inferral inference is that he's met a KarmicDeath... and then the sequels come out and reveal he survived and escaped.]]



* FanDisservice: The infamous "giving head" scene. [[spoiler:A beautiful young woman is strapped naked to an operating table as a decapitated zombie holds its own severed head between her legs so it can try to perform oral sex on her.]]

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* FanDisservice: The infamous "giving head" scene. [[spoiler:A beautiful young woman is strapped naked to an operating table as a decapitated zombie holds its own severed head between her legs so it can try to perform oral sex on her. She of course finds it horrifying.]]



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Herbert and Dan. They live together, Dan is the ''only'' person who can stand him, and likewise is the only person Herbert seems to be genuinely fond of. Although Herbert is probably asexual.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Herbert and Dan. They live together, Dan is the ''only'' person who can stand him, and likewise is the only person Herbert seems to be genuinely fond of. Although of (though Herbert is probably asexual.asexual).



* InferredHolocaust: Played with; later films refer to the events at the first film's climax as "The Miskatonic Massacre", but in the film itself, the only casualties we see are [[spoiler:the zombies of Dr. Hill and Dean Halsey, with the inferred destruction of the other zombies by the police off-screen. ''Film/BeyondReAnimator'' will later claim that at least some of the zombies escaped the morgue and killed innocent people in Arkham before being brought down, but it goes unexplained in ''Film/BrideOfReanimator''.]]
* InformedFlaw: Dr. Hill is declared to be a scientific hack who can only steal the ideas of others. However, he is able to use his laser drill to control reanimated corpses and he understood the reagent well enough to successfully use it on bodies that West gave up on.

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* InferredHolocaust: Played with; later films refer to the events at the first film's climax as "The Miskatonic Massacre", but in the film itself, the only casualties we see are [[spoiler:the zombies of Dr. Hill and Dean Halsey, with the inferred destruction of the other zombies by the police off-screen. ''Film/BeyondReAnimator'' will would later claim that show at least some of the zombies escaped the morgue and killed innocent people in Arkham before being brought down, but it goes unexplained in ''Film/BrideOfReanimator''.]]
* InformedFlaw: InformedFlaw:
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Dr. Hill is declared to be a scientific hack who can only steal the ideas of others. However, he is able to use his laser drill to control reanimated corpses and he understood the reagent well enough to successfully use it on bodies that West gave up on.



* TheInsomniac: Herbert West is two of the listed subtypes, an Obsessive Insomniac and a Superpowered Insomniac. It's shown that West injects himself with a solution of his Re-Agent to keep himself from sleeping. This "keeps his mind sharp" but is also implied to be the cause of his insanity.

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* TheInsomniac: Herbert West is two of the listed subtypes, an Obsessive Insomniac and a Superpowered Insomniac. It's shown that West injects himself with a solution of his Re-Agent reagent to keep himself from sleeping. This "keeps his mind sharp" but is also implied to be the cause of his insanity.



* LargeHam: Apparently Stuart Gordon, the director of the first film, encouraged this kind of acting style. Jefferey Combs as West and David Gale as Doctor Hill in particular seem to have really gone for it.

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* LargeHam: Apparently Stuart Gordon, the director of the first film, encouraged this kind of acting style. Jefferey Jeffrey Combs as West and David Gale as Doctor Hill in particular seem to have really gone for it.



** Herbert West, of course; it goes without saying that anyone who wants to break the laws of life and death is a little nuts. That he persists in his experiments despite the constant result of this being homicidal monsters shows he's completely out of his mind. He's only a medical student, and not a fully accredited doctor, however.
** Dr. Hill is a less than morally savory individual who is nursing a crush on his friend Dean Halsey's daughter. When he learns about West's Re-Agent, he becomes obsessed with claiming it for himself.

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** Herbert West, of course; it goes without saying that anyone who wants to break the laws of life and death is a little nuts. That he persists in his experiments despite the constant result of this being homicidal monsters shows he's completely out of his mind. He's only a medical student, student and not a fully accredited doctor, doctor however.
** Dr. Hill is a less than morally savory individual who is nursing a crush on his friend Dean Halsey's daughter. When he learns about West's Re-Agent, reagent, he becomes obsessed with claiming it for himself.



* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: On the soft side. We get no explanation for how the Reagent works beyond "restarting the physical and chemical process of life" and its effects are inconsistent and unpredictable.

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* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: On the soft side. We get no explanation for how the Reagent reagent works beyond "restarting the physical and chemical process of life" and its effects are inconsistent and unpredictable.



* OurZombiesAreDifferent: To begin with, they're {{Artificial Zombie}}s brought back by injections of glowstick fluid rather than by gnawing on each other. Unlike in the original novel, their status as {{Flesh Eating Zombie}}s is more ambiguous. [[spoiler:The first zombie that West animates does bite off two of Dean Halsey's fingers, but none of the others seem interest in eating people so much as killing them.]]
* PlayingWithSyringes: Rather literally; West has to deliver the Re-Agent by hypodermic syringe, and so is usually carrying around a syringe with a SicklyGreenGlow.

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: To begin with, they're {{Artificial Zombie}}s {{artificial zombie}}s brought back by injections of glowstick fluid rather than by gnawing on each other. Unlike in the original novel, their status as {{Flesh Eating Zombie}}s {{flesh eating zombie}}s is more ambiguous. [[spoiler:The first zombie that West animates does bite off two of Dean Halsey's fingers, but none of the others seem interest in eating people so much as killing them.]]
* PlayingWithSyringes: Rather literally; West has to deliver the Re-Agent reagent by hypodermic syringe, and so is usually carrying around a syringe with a SicklyGreenGlow.



* PsychoSerum: The Re-Agent, which transforms those it revives into homicidal killers.

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* PsychoSerum: The Re-Agent, reagent, which transforms those it revives into homicidal killers.



* ShovelStrike: After Dr. Hill declares that he is going to take credit for the Re-Agent, West distracts him by showing him a sample under a microscope, hits him over the head with a shovel and then cuts through Hill's neck with the edge of the shovel.

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* ShovelStrike: After Dr. Hill declares that he is going to take credit for the Re-Agent, reagent, West distracts him by showing him a sample under a microscope, hits him over the head with a shovel and then cuts through Hill's neck with the edge of the shovel.



* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Played with. On the one hand, it's played straight in that West is revealed to have not actually been killed in his DisneyDeath with the release of ''Film/BrideOfReaimator''. On the other hand, there's also the fact that West ''got'' a DisneyDeath in the first place, with his literary counterpart's demise -- being [[AnArmAndALeg torn limb from limb]] by a crowd of zombies -- being given to the re-animated Dean Halsey instead.]]

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Played with.{{Played with}}. On the one hand, it's played straight in that West is revealed to have not actually been killed in his DisneyDeath with the release of ''Film/BrideOfReaimator''. On the other hand, there's also the fact that West ''got'' a DisneyDeath in the first place, with his literary counterpart's demise -- being [[AnArmAndALeg torn limb from limb]] by a crowd of zombies -- being given to the re-animated Dean Halsey instead.]]



* TheUndead: The creatures created by West are neither fully dead nor fully alive, although they also have some traits of {{Flesh Golem}}s -- in particular, in ''Film/BrideOfReanimator'', West uses a new version of his Re-Agent to experiment with creating "new" life by amalgamating unlikely and improbable masses of tissue together before animating it.

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* TheUndead: The creatures created by West are neither fully dead nor fully alive, although they also have some traits of {{Flesh Golem}}s {{flesh golem}}s -- in particular, in ''Film/BrideOfReanimator'', West uses a new version of his Re-Agent to experiment with creating "new" life by amalgamating unlikely and improbable masses of tissue together before animating it.



* ZombieGait: The zombies created by West's Re-Agent lurch around without much grace or agility.

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* ZombieGait: The zombies created by West's Re-Agent reagent lurch around without much grace or agility.


* {{Asexuality}}: Herbert shows no interest in sex or romance whatsoever and despises Hill for using his formula just to have sex with Megan. There is also that line taken from the second movie:
--> '''Herbert''': Don't let the little head rule the big head, Dan.

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* {{Asexuality}}: Jeff Combs stated in an interview that he sees Herbert shows no interest as asexual, although he appears to mean this more in sex or romance whatsoever the pathological sense than as a sexual orientation:
-->"Herbert is asexual. On an unconscious level, probably. I tried to convey it in Bride of Reanimator, in the scene where he watches Bruce Abbottt
and despises Hill the girl make love. Herb is a little confused, he doesn't know what intimacy is. It's something that he's very frightened of; he's so involved with life and death, that perhaps he can't even see beyond that. One of the reasons why he is so obsessed with rebirth is that he cannot live like any human being, so he longs for using his formula just a different life. Now, it's very difficult to have sex something in common with Megan. There is also that line taken from the second movie:
--> '''Herbert''': Don't let the little head rule the big head, Dan.
such a character."

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** [[spoiler: The intestine that rips free of Hill's body and encoils West is as thick as a ''large'' intestine, but too long to be anything but a ''small'' intestine.]]

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Herbert and Dan. They live together, Dan is the ''only'' person who can stand him, and likewise is the only person Herbert seems to be genuinely fond of. Although Herbert is probably asexual.

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*BigGuyLittleGuy: West is about 5'6, so he looks short next to nearly everyone, especially considering that Dr. Hill and Dan are both north of 6 feet.


* {{Fanservice}}: Meg's naked bosom shows up at several points in the movie.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Meg's Meg spends a lot of time naked bosom shows up at several points in the this movie.


* MadScientist: ''Dr. West.'' Surprisingly he's also the most level-headed individual in the entire series-- by the end of a film, everyone ''except'' West is going through some manner of hysterics, while West continues like everything is just another experiment... in fact, his dispassionate indifference to the chaos around him is

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* MadScientist: ''Dr. West.'' Surprisingly he's also the most level-headed individual in the entire series-- by the end of a film, everyone ''except'' West is going through some manner of hysterics, while West continues like everything is just another experiment... in fact, his dispassionate indifference to the chaos around him is in many ways an indication of just how insane he is.


The story involves an idealistic medical student named Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott). Dan rents a room to Herbert West (Combs), who has discovered a way to revive the dead, and reluctantly becomes West's assistant. Soon their activities cause a rift between Dan and his girlfriend Meg (Barbara Crampton) and draw down the wrath of university higher-up Dr. Hill (David Gale). Then West decapitates Hill. Then he revives him. And ''then'' things get crazy.

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The story involves an idealistic medical student named Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott).Abbott), a student at the Miskatonic University of Medicine in Arkham, Massachusetts. Dan rents a room to Herbert West (Combs), who has discovered a way to revive the dead, and reluctantly becomes West's assistant. Soon their activities cause a rift between Dan and his girlfriend Meg Halsey (Barbara Crampton) Crampton), daughter of the university's dean, and draw down the wrath of university higher-up Dr. Hill (David Gale). Then West decapitates Hill. Then he revives him. And ''then'' things get crazy.



* AppliedPhlebotinum: The Re-Agent.

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* AppliedPhlebotinum: The Re-Agent.Re-Agent, the miraculous chemical that brings the dead back to life.



-->'''West:''' Burn victim... ''[next body]'' Here's your [[ItMakesSenseInContext meatball]]... ''[next body]'' Shotgun wound to the head...

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-->'''West:''' Burn victim... ''[next body]'' Here's your [[ItMakesSenseInContext meatball]]...meatball]][[note]]Dan had just smuggled West into the morgue by claiming he was a "meatball", the corpse of somebody crushed by being run over by a truck[[/note]]... ''[next body]'' Shotgun wound to the head...



* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Of course. [[spoiler: For one example, Hill's severed head still manages to talk despite a lack of lungs to push air through his vocal chords.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Of course. [[spoiler: For [[spoiler:For one example, Hill's severed head still manages to talk despite a lack of lungs to push air through his vocal chords.]]



* BodyHorror: Lots of creative examples.

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* BodyHorror: Lots of creative examples.examples appear, given that this film revolves heavily around zombies and hospital morgues. Highlights include Dr. Gruber's eyes exploding at the start of the film, and [[spoiler:the decapitated yet successfully reanimated Dr. Hill]].



* ByronicHero: Herbert West genuinely doesn't want to hurt anyone, but his blind pursuit of science leads to him doing some REALLY dreadful stuff in its name. He also has many flaws, including bluntness and lack of social skills.

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* ByronicHero: The most positive interpretation of Herbert West is that he genuinely doesn't want to hurt anyone, but his blind pursuit of science leads to him doing some REALLY dreadful stuff in its name. He also has many flaws, including bluntness and lack of social skills.



* CanonDiscontinuity: [[spoiler:Dr. Hill's head is crushed by the reanimated Dean Halsey at the end. However, in the second film, it shows up intact and gets reanimated again]].

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* CanonDiscontinuity: [[spoiler:Dr. Hill's head is crushed by the reanimated Dean Halsey at the end. However, in the second film, it shows up intact and gets reanimated again]].again. Not as blatant a retcon as you'd expect; Dr. Hill's head in ''Film/BrideOfReanimator'' is visibly dented from having been squeezed, and it wasn't completely crushed in this film either.]]



%%* CatScare: Memorably.

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%%* * CatScare: Memorably.The film has a sequence at the start when Rufus, Dan's cat, leaps on Dan and Meg as they are relaxing post-coitus. [[spoiler:Then there's the more famous sequence about midway through the movie when Dan and West must hunt for the homicidal zombie of Rufus in the CreepyBasement...]]



* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Well, maybe not so much on the reliable.
%%* CreepyBasement

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* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Well, maybe not so much on the reliable.
%%* CreepyBasement
reliable, but the CPR scenes are fairly clean and neat.
* CreepyBasement: Dan Cain's house comes with an ominous-looking basement, which West immediately appropriates for his personal lab.



%%* DangerousWindows



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:After Hill is seemingly killed, his zombies go on a complete rampage, with one strangling West -- which is also the last we see of him. A zombie manages to kill Meg, whose desperate boyfriend Dan tries to inject her with Re-Agent. Film fades to black in the middle of the zombie rampage, as we hear Meg's screams. Mitigated by the sequel, where we learn that West and Dan survived.]]
* EyeScream: Doctor Gruber in the intro has his eyes squished out.
* FanDisservice: The infamous "giving head" scene.
%%* {{Fanservice}}: Lots.

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* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:West meets his seeming fate in this movie when he is caught by Dr. Hill'z hyper-reanimated intestinal tract, which binds him like a living lasso and drags him into the mist as other zombies wildly flail around in the morgue. We never see him get killed, but the inferral is that he's met a KarmicDeath... and then the sequels come out and reveal he survived and escaped.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:After Hill is seemingly killed, his zombies go on a complete rampage, with one strangling lassoing West with its own intestines -- which is also the last we see of him. A zombie manages to kill Meg, whose desperate boyfriend Dan tries to inject her with Re-Agent. Film fades to black in the middle of the zombie rampage, as we hear Meg's screams.sudden scream. Mitigated by the sequel, where we learn that West and Dan survived.]]
* EyeScream: Doctor Gruber in the intro has his eyes squished out.
''burst in their sockets'', spraying an unfortunate woman with gore.
* FanDisservice: The infamous "giving head" scene.
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scene. [[spoiler:A beautiful young woman is strapped naked to an operating table as a decapitated zombie holds its own severed head between her legs so it can try to perform oral sex on her.]]
*
{{Fanservice}}: Lots.Meg's naked bosom shows up at several points in the movie.



** The opening scene where Dan fails to resuscitate a dead patient and is told by one of his peers that he needs to know when to quit. [[spoiler: He's faced with the the same scenario at the very end- this time the dead person his own girlfriend, making it much more personal- and becomes so desperate not to lose her that it drives him to use West's reagent on her.]]
* ForgetsToEat: Meg points out that Dan has never seen Herbert eat or sleep. In a deleted scene, it's implied that West injects a diluted version of his Reagent instead.

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** The opening scene where Dan fails to resuscitate a dead patient and is told by one of his peers that he needs to know when to quit. [[spoiler: He's faced with the the same scenario at the very end- this time the dead person his own girlfriend, making it much more personal- and becomes so desperate not to lose her that it drives him to use West's reagent on her. Logic suggests that this is why he continues to work with West and ]]
* ForgetsToEat: Meg points out that Dan has never seen Herbert West eat or sleep. In a deleted scene, sleep when she tries to convince him that his new border is creepy. After [[spoiler:Dean Halsey's death and re-animation]], it's implied shown that West injects a diluted version of his Reagent instead.instead of "wasting time" in that way.



%%* GenreBlindness: Everyone in these films.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Pretty much every use of Re-Agent.

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%%* * GenreBlindness: Everyone in these films.
films is somehow surprisingly oblivious to the dangers of messing around with scientifically reanimating the dead -- especially West, despite the fact his experiments ''always'' try to kill him.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Pretty much every use of Re-Agent.Re-Agent backfires ''horrifically''. Aside from the whole "it re-animates the dead as killer zombies" thing, at the film's climax, [[spoiler: West injects two full syringes into Dr. Hill's body, hoping to induce it to "melt down" the way Dr. Gruber did at the start of the film. Instead, its intestines erupt from its body and grab West, holding him down and dragging him through the fog to his DisneyDeath.]]



%%* HulkSpeak
%%* TheIgor: Dan Cain
%%* ILoveTheDead: ''Reversed.''
* InformedFlaw: Dr. Hill is portrayed as a scientific hack who can only steal the ideas of others. However, he is able to use his laser drill to control reanimated corpses and he understood the reagent well enough to successfully use it on bodies that West gave up on.
** West's opinion of Doctor Hill is due to the latter's disbelief in West's theories. Doctor Hill revises his opinion later in the movie and may actually teach what he knows is inaccurate (deleted scenes show him possessing hypnotic mind-control powers). By the time Hill revises his opinion, he's trying to steal the reanimation agent.
* TheInsomniac: Herbert West is two of the listed subtypes, an Obsessive Insomniac and a Superpowered Insomniac. In a deleted scene, it's shown that West injects himself with a solution of his Re-Agent to keep himself from sleeping. This "keeps his mind sharp" but is also implied to be the cause of his insanity.

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%%* HulkSpeak
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* HulkSpeak: The re-animated Dr. Hill can only hiss and groan in short, terse sentences due to the damage done by severing his head with a shovel.
*
TheIgor: Dan Cain
%%* ILoveTheDead: ''Reversed.''
Cain serves as this to Herbert West, being West's cowed and ultimately loyal (despite his protests) sidekick in West's transgressive experiments.
* ILoveTheDead:
** ''Reversed'' with the zombie of Dr. Hill attempting to sexually assault the living Meg, moaning about how he loves her.
** Played straight(ish) when [[spoiler:Dan tries to revive his dead girlfriend as a zombie with West's Reagent.]]
* InferredHolocaust: Played with; later films refer to the events at the first film's climax as "The Miskatonic Massacre", but in the film itself, the only casualties we see are [[spoiler:the zombies of Dr. Hill and Dean Halsey, with the inferred destruction of the other zombies by the police off-screen. ''Film/BeyondReAnimator'' will later claim that at least some of the zombies escaped the morgue and killed innocent people in Arkham before being brought down, but it goes unexplained in ''Film/BrideOfReanimator''.]]
* InformedFlaw: Dr. Hill is portrayed as declared to be a scientific hack who can only steal the ideas of others. However, he is able to use his laser drill to control reanimated corpses and he understood the reagent well enough to successfully use it on bodies that West gave up on.
** West's opinion of Doctor Hill is due to the latter's disbelief in West's theories. theories, West's knowledge that Hill plagiarized their mutual former teacher Dr. Gruber, and West's own considerable ego. Doctor Hill revises his opinion later in the movie and may actually teach what he knows is inaccurate (deleted scenes show him possessing hypnotic mind-control powers). By the time Hill revises his opinion, movie... but by that point, he's trying to steal the reanimation agent.
* TheInsomniac: Herbert West is two of the listed subtypes, an Obsessive Insomniac and a Superpowered Insomniac. In a deleted scene, it's It's shown that West injects himself with a solution of his Re-Agent to keep himself from sleeping. This "keeps his mind sharp" but is also implied to be the cause of his insanity.



* JobTitle

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* JobTitleJobTitle: The film is called "Re-Animator" and West sees his job as being... well, exactly that; a Re-Animator of the dead.



%%* MadDoctor
* MadScientist: ''Dr. West.'' Surprisingly he's also the most level-headed individual in the entire series-- by the end of a film, everyone ''except'' West is going through some manner of hysterics, while West continues like everything is just another experiment.
%%* MadScientistLaboratory

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%%* MadDoctor
* MadDoctor:
** Herbert West, of course; it goes without saying that anyone who wants to break the laws of life and death is a little nuts. That he persists in his experiments despite the constant result of this being homicidal monsters shows he's completely out of his mind. He's only a medical student, and not a fully accredited doctor, however.
** Dr. Hill is a less than morally savory individual who is nursing a crush on his friend Dean Halsey's daughter. When he learns about West's Re-Agent, he becomes obsessed with claiming it for himself.
* MadScientist: ''Dr. West.'' Surprisingly he's also the most level-headed individual in the entire series-- by the end of a film, everyone ''except'' West is going through some manner of hysterics, while West continues like everything is just another experiment.
%%* MadScientistLaboratory
experiment... in fact, his dispassionate indifference to the chaos around him is
* MadScientistLaboratory: West sets this up on Dan's basement once he moves in.



%%* MsFanservice: Meg

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%%* * MsFanservice: MegMeg's main role in the movie is to be sexy, complete with the occasional flashed nipple.



%%* NotQuiteDead: ''Everyone''.
%%* OffWithHisHead: Dr. Hill
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: To begin with, they're brought back by injections of glowstick fluid rather than by gnawing on each other.
* ParentalIncest: Although the dad is a dead body being controlled by someone else by this point.
%%* PlayingWithSyringes
* ProfessorGuineaPig: In a deleted scene, West is shown shooting up the reagent himself to keep him awake indefinitely.
* PsychicPowers: Dr. Hill apparently possesses them, since he is able to control the minds of people. Sadly, this only appears in a deleted scene of the first movie where he is hypnotizing Megan's father.
** This is featured more prominently in the second movie when Hill, nothing more than a severed head, is able to telepathically control three of the zombies he made at the end of the first film.
** This seems to be the reason Hill's headless body can see what it's doing and knows how to tend to his head. There's also an implication that Hill has a psychic hold over the reanimated Alan when the former releases the latter from his padded cell.
%%* PsychoSerum: The Re-Agent.

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%%* * NotQuiteDead: ''Everyone''.
%%*
''Everyone'' who seemingly dies ends up as this in one way or another. [[spoiler:Herbert West, despite his DisneyDeath, returns alive and well in the sequel films. Dean Halsey and Dr. Hill are both revived after death with West's Re-Agent]].
*
OffWithHisHead: Dr. Hill
[[spoiler:Dr. Hill is decapitated with a shovel by an enraged Herbert West due to his plans to plagiarize West's work and dispose of Dan Cain.]]
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: To begin with, they're {{Artificial Zombie}}s brought back by injections of glowstick fluid rather than by gnawing on each other.
* ParentalIncest: Although
other. Unlike in the dad original novel, their status as {{Flesh Eating Zombie}}s is a dead body being controlled more ambiguous. [[spoiler:The first zombie that West animates does bite off two of Dean Halsey's fingers, but none of the others seem interest in eating people so much as killing them.]]
* PlayingWithSyringes: Rather literally; West has to deliver the Re-Agent
by someone else by this point.
%%* PlayingWithSyringes
hypodermic syringe, and so is usually carrying around a syringe with a SicklyGreenGlow.
* ProfessorGuineaPig: In a deleted scene, West is shown shooting up the reagent himself to keep him awake indefinitely.
* PsychicPowers: Dr. Hill apparently possesses them, since he has these, although how or why is able to control the minds of people. Sadly, this only appears in a deleted scene of the first movie where he never explained. He is shown hypnotizing Megan's father.
** This is featured more prominently
Dean Halsey to turn him against Meg's boyfriend, Dan Cain, early in the second movie when Hill, nothing more than a severed head, film, and is later able to telepathically control three of the zombies he made at the end of the first film.
** This
subdue West (temporarily) with merely a focused stare and a fierce declaration. [[spoiler:This seems to be the reason Hill's headless body can see what it's doing and knows how to tend to his head. There's More directly, he is also an implication that Hill has a psychic hold over the reanimated Alan when the former releases the latter from able to control other zombies with his padded cell.
%%*
powers if he first lobotomizes them.]]
*
PsychoSerum: The Re-Agent.Re-Agent, which transforms those it revives into homicidal killers.



%%* ScreamingWoman

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%%* ScreamingWoman* ScreamingWoman: If a woman shows up at the same time as the gory stuff starts, she's going to be screaming.



* SkewedPriorities: All Herbert West cares about is continuing his experiments. It doesn't matter how badly this works out, he continues his attempts to play God [[ForScience for the sheer sake of proving he's right]].
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Played with. On the one hand, it's played straight in that West is revealed to have not actually been killed in his DisneyDeath with the release of ''Film/BrideOfReaimator''. On the other hand, there's also the fact that West ''got'' a DisneyDeath in the first place, with his literary counterpart's demise -- being [[AnArmAndALeg torn limb from limb]] by a crowd of zombies -- being given to the re-animated Dean Halsey instead.]]



%%* TheUndead

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%%* TheUndead* TheUndead: The creatures created by West are neither fully dead nor fully alive, although they also have some traits of {{Flesh Golem}}s -- in particular, in ''Film/BrideOfReanimator'', West uses a new version of his Re-Agent to experiment with creating "new" life by amalgamating unlikely and improbable masses of tissue together before animating it.



%%* ZombieGait

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%%* ZombieGait* ZombieGait: The zombies created by West's Re-Agent lurch around without much grace or agility.


* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:After Hill is seemingly killed, his zombies go on a complete rampage, with one strangling West last we see of him. A zombie manages to kill Meg, whose desperate boyfriend Dan tries to inject her with Re-Agent. Film fades to black in the middle of the zombie rampage, as we hear Meg's screams. Mitigated by the sequel, where we learn that West and Dan survived.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:After Hill is seemingly killed, his zombies go on a complete rampage, with one strangling West -- which is also the last we see of him. A zombie manages to kill Meg, whose desperate boyfriend Dan tries to inject her with Re-Agent. Film fades to black in the middle of the zombie rampage, as we hear Meg's screams. Mitigated by the sequel, where we learn that West and Dan survived.]]

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:Dr. Carl Hill, who tries to steal West's notes and ends up leading a zombie army against him.]]


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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:After Hill is seemingly killed, his zombies go on a complete rampage, with one strangling West last we see of him. A zombie manages to kill Meg, whose desperate boyfriend Dan tries to inject her with Re-Agent. Film fades to black in the middle of the zombie rampage, as we hear Meg's screams. Mitigated by the sequel, where we learn that West and Dan survived.]]


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* DeadpanSnarker:DeadpanSnarker: West. Sometimes it isn't even verbal, like when he kept snapping his pencils to interrupt a professor he didn't agree with.


A 1985 SciFiHorror {{Comedy}} film directed and co-written by Stuart Gordon, starring the inimitable Creator/JeffreyCombs, and based on the short serial ''Literature/HerbertWestReanimator'' by Creator/HPLovecraft.

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A 1985 SciFiHorror {{Comedy}} Comedy film directed and co-written by Stuart Gordon, starring the inimitable Creator/JeffreyCombs, and based on the short serial ''Literature/HerbertWestReanimator'' by Creator/HPLovecraft.


A 1985 film directed and co-written by Stuart Gordon, starring the inimitable Creator/JeffreyCombs, and based on the short serial ''Literature/HerbertWestReanimator'' by Creator/HPLovecraft.

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A 1985 SciFiHorror {{Comedy}} film directed and co-written by Stuart Gordon, starring the inimitable Creator/JeffreyCombs, and based on the short serial ''Literature/HerbertWestReanimator'' by Creator/HPLovecraft.











A 1985 film directed by Stuart Gordon, starring the inimitable Creator/JeffreyCombs, and based on the short serial ''Literature/HerbertWestReanimator'' by Creator/HPLovecraft.

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A 1985 film directed and co-written by Stuart Gordon, starring the inimitable Creator/JeffreyCombs, and based on the short serial ''Literature/HerbertWestReanimator'' by Creator/HPLovecraft.


* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Surprisingly averted, despite teasing at this outcome several times; a black dude or two ''does'' die, but only among many other paler-skinned victims, and of course none of them ''stay'' dead.

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