Synopsis: A medical student and his girlfriend become involved in a bizarre experiment into reanimating the dead conducted by the student's incorrigible housemate in this campy sendup of an H.P. Lovecraft story. The emphasis is on humour but once the dead walk, there is gore aplenty.
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Stuart Gordon
Production: Empire Pictures
  4 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


Dr. Gruber!


Mr. West!

Mr. West!

Get out!

Move back.

My god.

You idiots!

You'll ruin my notes.

I have to record

his vital signs!

No! No!

Dr. Gruber?

Dr. Gruber, How this happened?

Dr. Gruber?

He's dead.

Of course, he's dead,

the dosage was too large.

You killed him.

No, I did not.

I gave him life.

All right,

I'm gonna zap her again.

Charge up the paddles.

Come on, let's go! Let's go!

Sorry, doctor.

Hold the compressions.


Straight line.

All right, let's call it.


She just needs a little more time

for the drugs to circulate.

Cain, we have done everything

that can be done for this woman.

She has not responded.

She's gone!

Cain, your optimism is touching,

but a waste of time.

A good doctor

knows when to stop.

- Dr. Harrod, just...

- Take her.

And take her to the morgue.


Mr. Cain.

Hey, Mace!

I got another one for you.

They ain't locked.

Doc Hill's in the autopsy room.

Oh, thanks.

Don't know why they keep

locked doors around here.

Nobody wants in...

and ain't nobody gettin' out.


Full house.

Oh, I'm sorry, Dan.

I didn't mean to scare you.

Oh, it wasn't too bad

Dean Halsey.

I just didn't know anybody was here.

You mean, "anybody else".

Dan, this is Herbert West.

He'll be joining you

in your third year.

He was doing independent

research in Switzerland

with Dr. Gruber shortly before he died.

Mr. West, this is Daniel Cain.

(One of Miskatonic Medical's

best young hopes

for the future of medicine.

What were you researching?


Alan, we don't see you

around here much anymore.

Well, I was just showing

our newest student,

Herbert West here,

the not-so-grand tour.

This should interest you, Carl.

He worked with Hans Gruber.

Mr. West?

This is our eminent brain researcher

and grant machine, Dr. Carl Hill.

I know your work, Dr. Hill.

Quite well.

Your theory on the location

of the will in the brain is...


though derivative of Dr. Gruber's

research in the early '70s.

So derivative, in fact, that in Europe

it's considered plagiarized.

And your support of the 12-minute limit on

the life of the brain stem after death...

Six to 12 minutes, Mr...

West. Herbert West.

Frankly, Dr. Hill?

Your work on brain death

is outdated.

Carl, while I remember,

we're having a grant committee

meeting Thursday.

Megan and I would love it

if you came to dinner.

Well, I'd love to, Alan,

looking forward to it.

And looking forward to

seeing you in class, Mr. West.


No. No.

Yes! Oh, yes!


Thanks a lot, buddy.

I have to go.

No, stay.

Daddy knows I'm here.

I don't care

what Dean Halsey knows.

Be reasonable.

If I didn't come home

one night...

just one night...

What would he do?

Expel me?

He's out of touch with the times.

That's just the way he is,

the world's last living Puritan.

I really hate it.

The day that you graduate,

the minute you get your M.D.,

I'll marry you,

and I'll help you, and I'll be with you

as much as I can until then.

I promise.

Back to square one.

Well, at least it gives me

a chance to housebreak you.

Housebroken, is it?

I'm going to have to teach

you a lesson, my girl.

What are you doing?


Dan... stop, don't.

Dan, stop it!

Come, my pretty.

Dan, I don't like that.

There's not a jury in the world

that would convict me.

Dan, stop it!

Doctor Dan!

Dan, don't, come on, stop.

I really have to go.

Come here! Come to me.

- Oh.

- What?

Oh, sh*t.


Can I help you?


here about the apartment.


Didn't we meet this morning?


West. Herbert West.

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