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Halloween 1999

In this issue:    Bats   Blair Witch   Costume Tips   The Best and Worst of Horror   Hollywood's History of Horror   and   What is Halloween?
MOVIE REVIEW: Re-Animator ****

Although there are few who wouldn’t recognize his face, character actor Jeffrey Combs has remained on the sidelines of the acting profession for many years. This may have something to do with the fact that he spends most of his time doing movies like Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth and The Frighteners, but that’s no excuse. Those of us familiar with his work realize that he is one of the most talented thespians in Hollywood, right up there with the likes of Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Campbell. His expressive face and deeply soulful eyes truly communicate emotions like no other actor in the business, be it raging homicidal mania as he’s chopping up zombies in Re-Animator, or the depths of sorrow and sadness as he’s chopping up zombies in Bride of Re-Animator. Needless to say, Re-Animator is a perfect showcase for his unique zombie-choppin’ talents. Combs plays Herbert West, a strangerous medical student who is working on perfecting a serum that will restore brain activity and bring the dead back to life. Problem is, they tend to come back with a slight touch of lunacy and a mild case of bloodlust, making for some interesting comic situation. Needless to say, the fun never stops as Combs becomes more and more determined to perfect the serum, necessitating more and more bodies to experiment upon. Based upon the classic H.P. Lovecraft story, Re-animator is more fun that a barrel of crazy zombie monkeys, tempering the gruesome gore with the occasional bout of black comedy, and remains a must-see for the true horror fan.


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