Oh no! It’s Dr. Herbert West from Re-Animator fame! He has that look in his eyes. That look that says he will not lose this staring contest. Keep focused though. And would it kill you to close your mouth while we’re doing this, Herbert? Geez. Drooling all over and shit. Oh wait – the 1985 version of Barbara Crampton just walked in topless and Herbert looked away! You win!!!
If you’re a fan of rare paperweights and the 1985 classic horror movie Re-Animator, then I’m here to make your Friday even more happy! That’s right, a few Re-Animator paperweights are up for sale on Ebay that were used to promote the movie for it’s VHS release back in the 1987. The good news? They’re somewhat rare. The bad news? They’re somewhat terrible.
Ok. Yes, if you’ve seen Re-Animator (and shame on you if you haven’t), then you can figure out that the paperweight is supposed to be Dr. Hill’s severed head in a pan. Only slight problem is that it doesn’t really look like Dr. Hill. Or a severed head for that matter. And the sides are all crooked and disproportionate. I’m really selling this, aren’t I? But if you are a true Re-Animator fan and just have to have it, you can head over HERE and Buy It Now for $75! Seriously? Ugh, I think the seller needs to lower that price a tad, but Re-Animator is pretty awesome so it might be worth it. He does state that it was kept in a pet-free home, so that’s comforting to know in case you’re allergic to cats.
There’s quite the void of exploding eyeball death scenes in horror movies nowadays. It’s a sad state of affairs indeed. The pure joy of watching eyeballs explode out of someone’s head for horror effect produces a permagrin on my face for sure. So this week on Sunday Bloody Sunday, I jumped into my horror time machine all the way back to 1985. And I stop off at the memorable opening scene from the undisputed cult classic, Re-Animator.
Poor Hans Gruber. Not the German terrorist in Die Hard. But that doctor whose eyes just exploded. This is the scene that introduced me to a whole other world of horror cinema. I remember that my Dad had recorded Re-Animator off HBO for me and I was blown away when I watched it the first time as an impressionable 10-year-old. So many memorable moments and memorable breasts in this movie, but the opening scene where Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) resurrects Dr. Hans Gruber is a big highlight for me. Those glorious exploding eyeballs and great opening credits with that Psycho rip off music. Soak it in ladies and gentlemen.