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6. 'Re-Animator' (1985)
Stuart Gordon's background is live theater, and you can tell when you see how he stages this loose adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story. Gordon and Jeffrey Combs are are one of those perfect matches of director and lunatic, and the script by Dennis Paoli, William Norris, and Gordon is jet-black and hilarious. David Gale gives a great performance as well, and Bruce Abbott deserves credit for offering up a somewhat sane center to a barking mad ensemble. For my money, the MVP award goes to Barbara Crampton, whose willingness to push the envelope led to one of the craziest images of the '80s. I love movies that feel like they're out of control, like anything can happen, and "Re-Animator" feels dangerous, which only makes it that much funnier.