A Month of Horror: Day 6

6 October

Movie:
Re-Animator
Book:
The Collected Works of HP Lovecraft

All right, we are doing another tie-in today. 
Re-Animator is one of those campy, creepy, funny, gross movies that is perfect entremet to cleanse the palate between heavier courses of horror.  Jeffrey Combs is perfect as the modern day Frankenstein, pursuing the ultimate success over death.  Along the way we get plenty of yucks and yuks (severed heads on mail spikes, a particularly creative sexual assault...). 

Today’s film is loosely based on one of Lovecraft’s stories, “Herbert West, Re-Animator.”  We already mentioned Poe’s influence on writers and film makers.  We must give the same respect to the master of cosmic horror, old Howard Philips.  Cthulhu, The Necronomicon, and Miskatonic University
1 are main-stays of modern society, but rare is the person who has read the original source material.  There are scores of Lovecraft collections out there.  Make sure you pick up one with the essential works, both long and short.3



  • 1. I hold a Doctorate of Occult Studies from MU and have the sheepskin to prove it.2

2.  I’m also on the Board of Trustees.

3.  “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Shadow Over Inssmouth,” “Pickman’s Model,” “The Rats in the Walls,” “The Colour Out of Space,” “The Dunwich Horror,” “The Whisper in Darkness,” “The Thing on the Doorstep,” “Herbert West - Reanimator,”
At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow out of Time, and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.