H.P. Lovecraft never thought much of his short story ''Herbert West: Re-Animator,'' but Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon's 1985 film starring Jeffrey Combs, remains the most famous movie adaptation of any Lovecraft work as well as a cult horror classic. ''Re-Animator's healthy life on cable and home video really helped introduce a lot of people to the author’s work — even if it isn't exactly a faithful adaptation of the story nor a real good window into the greater works of Lovecraft as a whole,'' said Alamo Drafthouse's Robert Saucedo. Gordon turned the story into a modern-day Frankenstein and ramped up the gore factor to 11. Expect to see decapitations by shovel, walking corpses and, in one of the flick's more infamous moments of stomach-turning schlock, an undead head performing cunnilingus on a captured woman. Gross humor, plus the 100 percent that Combs gives to the mad-scientist role, has rightly landed Re-Animator its place of honor in horror history. Saucedo introduces the screening detailing the history of the film and discussing Gordon's long-standing fascination with the works of Lovecraft.
7:30. p.m. Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, 114 Vintage Park Boulevard. For information, call 713-715-4707 or visit drafthouse.com. $7.
Wed., Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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