‘Re-Animator’ Special Effects: Simple But Effective
There have probably been a handful of films based upon the books of the Cthulhu Mythos by H.P. Lovecraft, though two of the best are “Re-Animator” and “In The Mouth Of Madness” (IMOM was not, per se, a “Lovecraft” film, though the title character of the film, Sutter Cane, was more Lovecraft than Stephen King). Mexican-born director Guillermo Del Toro in “Hellboy” evoked similar Lovecraftian themes (the world imperiled by beings beyond our comprehension; Man reaching out beyond our known reality, and finding only terror and insignificance, etc).
A film of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At The Mountains Of Madness” is a passion-project of Mr. Del Toro’s, and was originally supposed to begin shooting at Universal, before studio executives became antsy over the budget and–for now–abandoned the project.
Stuart Gordon’s “Re-Animator” was perhaps the most successful film based upon H.P. Lovecraft’s work (he also directed “From Beyond”, and “Dagon” though they weren’t quite as successful) and if this pod cast from NPR is any indicator, he brought the same sense of fun to Re-Animator: The Musical.