Herbert West: Reanimator

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Pursued by the police, an ambitious neuroscientist uses a neutrino impulse to bring his dead wife back to life, unintentionally unlocking within her dormant powers that threaten the existence of everyone he knows.


Isle Empire Pictures
Highland Myst Entertainment
Serge Levin
Serge Levin
Brad Dourif
Johnathon Schaech
Lin Shaye
Serge Levin

  • Previously titled Re-Animator: Evolution.
  • Brad Dourif plays "Dr. William Blackmore."
  • Johnathon Schaech plays "Dr. Herbert West."
  • Lin Shaye plays a character named "Meredith."
  • Writer/director Serge Levin also played "Dr. Ed Softly."
  • It's said that the film aims is to retain the spirit and story elements of Lovecraft’s original source material and create a film that’s "much darker, more thought provoking, and definitely more grounded in science than the first adaptation."  Writer/director Serge Levin also promises "a true horror film with some neat sci-fi layers."
  • Writer/director Serge Levin was quoted saying: "Staying more true to the short story, we will have Major Eric Moreland Clapham-Lee, as one of the characters from the original written material. Many other story and character elements that I don’t want to reveal yet…resonate with the H.P. Lovecraft’s original vision."
  • You can read a lengthy spoiler filled synopsis by highlighting the blank space: Pursued by the police, an ambitious neuroscientist uses a neutrino impulse to bring his dead wife back to life, unintentionally unlocking within her dormant powers that threaten the existence of everyone he knows.

    Using the invention he calls Neutrino Accelerator, an ambitious neuroscientist named Dr. Herbert West develops a way to focus neutrino-beams that activate the natural and stabilizing rudiments of a living cell. Through his experiments on animals, he discovers that stimulating specific parts of a brain's cortex leads to the emergence of new forces: including higher cognitive, physical and regenerative potentials.

    Following the sudden and tragic death of his beloved wife Ellie, West proceeds to the human trial phase of his research. With the help of his colleague Ed Softly, West uses the Accelerator to bring Ellie back. With her revival, however, surprising and unknown powers surface that transform Ellie into a more evolved and unpredictable being.

    Meanwhile, police detectives Jesse Borocelli and Nina Berg investigate the disappearance of Ellie's body from the morgue. Focusing on the suspicious activities of West and Ed, they apply even more pressure to the case when peculiar events are reported in West's neighborhood.

    Things quickly spiral out of control for West when Ellie becomes more aware of her new abilities. Ellie no longer perceives humans as equals and doesn't hesitate to rid herself of anyone who threatens her existence. With her newfound powers that include subatomic manipulation of all matter, she kills her next-door neighbor and maims another.

    With her body eroding and her mind tapping into a higher consciousness and new state of existence, Ellie becomes more and more psychotic. But along with her growing power comes a hunger for more ascendance. Desperate to either save or stop his wife, Anri must undo what he has created before he, Ed and the detectives come to a tragic and painful demise.
  • This project originally started out as an original story called Antihuman from writer/director Serge Levin and was more science driven with nothing to do with zombies. Levin was quoted saying "I don’t like the zombie genre overall. It had to do with harnessing neutrinos to stimulate any living cells. It just so happened that my original concept overlapped [with] the HP Lovecraft Re-animator and we decided to adapt my initial script."
  • This film shares no connection to the previous Re-Animator movies and is said to be a modern take on the original short story "Herbert West – Reanimator" by H.P. Lovecraft.





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