Re-Animator Stars Reunite with Dr. Hill’s Head Prop from Original Film

A recent Re-Animator reunion even included one of the most notable props from the cult classic horror film. In the Stuart Gordon film, which was released in 1985, Jeffrey Combs stars as Herbert West, a medical student who discovers how to “re-animate” dead bodies with a special serum. Horror legend Barbara Crampton also stars in a main role as the Dean’s daughter Megan while David Gale played Dr. Hill, an enemy of Herbert’s who winds up having his head severed and re-animated.

As seen in a new photo posted to Twitter by Crampton, a reunion took place featuring Herbert, Megan, and Dr. Hill… well, sort of. Gale is not present in the image, but the photo includes an original prop used for Dr. Hill’s severed head. None other than filmmaker Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Hill House) stepped in to hold the head while Combs and Crampton stand by.


“The original head of Dr. Hill is held by none other than (Mike Flanagan) joining (Jeffrey Combs) and myself in some sort of alternate Re-Animator universe,” Crampton notes in the tweet.

Crampton also posted another image of herself with Combs while adding, “Anytime you get to hang out with (Jeffrey Combs) is a good time!”

The reunion photo appears to have been taken by Sean Clark, who posted the same picture on his Instagram account. Previously, Clark revisited some of the filming locations for Re-Animator for an edition of Horror’s Hallowed Grounds. His Instagram post suggests he’ll have a new video soon featuring more of the Re-Animator reunion.

“Reunited Jeffrey Combs & Barbara Crampton with their old friend Dr. Hill last night and director Mike Flanagan joined in on the fun,” Clark said in the caption. “Collection video on YouTube channel malfuncsean coming in a few days. Stay tuned!”

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Re-Animator Remains One of Horror’s Most Beloved 80s Films

Stuart Gordon directed Re-Animator using a screenplay by Dennis Paoli, William J. Norris, and Gordon, though it is based on the original story by H.P. Lovecraft. Along with Combs, Crampton, and Hill, the film stars Bruce Abbott, Robert Sampson, and Al Berry. It would spawn the sequel Bride of Re-Animator in 1990 with Combs, Abbott, and Gale reprising their roles. Combs would later return for the 2003 sequel Beyond Re-Animator as well.

If you want to watch Re-Animator, you can currently stream the movie for free on Tubi.

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