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‘Re-Animator: Evolution’ is Basically a Remake (Exclusive)

The iMBD is known for being astoundingly inaccurate when it comes to forthcoming projects, which is why I went directly to the source to get information on the alleged new Re-Animator sequel.

First, and most importantly, Re-Animator: Evolution is real; it’s an active project that’s currently in development.

Serge Levin has confirmed to us that he is in fact directing from a screenplay he wrote with growing horror icon Johnathon Schaech, who can be seen in Prom Night, The Doom Generation, Flight 7500, 8MM 2, Quarantine, Laid to Rest and Dark Circles, as well as the upcoming Day of the Dead remake.

“Our adaptation is a modern rendition of Herbert West – ‘Reanimator’ by H.P. Lovecraft,” Levin tells Bloody Disgusting. “Moreover, we’re making sure that the spirit and the story elements are more loyal to the original written material of H.P. Lovecraft.

“It’s much darker, more thought provoking, and definitely more grounded in science than the first adaptation,” he continued. “It will be a true horror film with some neat sic-fi layers.”

Yes, it sounds as if Re-Animator: Evolution is a remake of sorts. Here’s the confirmed logline: “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.

Levin adds: “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.”

The biggest news, however, is that Schaech is set to play Herbert West (played by Jeffrey Combs in the original franchise), while Levin will be playing his assistant. InsidiousLin Shaye is confirmed to co-star with Child’s Play‘s Brad Dourif.

Lastly, as of this writing we’re sad to report that Brian Yuzna or Stuart Gordon are not part of the project, but it should be known that it’s too early to tell whether they won’t be. It’s also too early to say that Jeffrey Combs will not be appearing in this installment in some capacity.

Isle Empire Pictures is behind this new incarnation of Re-Animator.

Watch for more news as it comes in.

Johnathon Schaech as Sean Walker in Ray Donovan (Season 1, Episode 09). - Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

Johnathon Schaech as Sean Walker in “Ray Donovan” (Season 1, Episode 09). – Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME



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47 Comments
  • Grandpa Fred

    The Internet movie base data?

    Also, intimating that your movie is going to be better than the original Re-Animator is not a good place to start.

    • Joey Odendahl

      Just comes off as arrogant. Usually filmmakers start by saying something like, “I’m a big fan of the original so we decided to take our film in an entirely new direction so as not to compete with it.” Etc.

      That would go over better than, “Well, ours has more science in it so we’re better. Nah nah nah nah.”

    • Indigo500

      Agree, he lost me there …

  • Frank Lloyd Jr

    You lost me at “horror icon Johnathon Schaech”….

    • Grandpa Fred

      Give him a break, he’s ‘growing.’

      • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

        Try as he might to build his horror cred, he will always be that guy that ate his own jizzum to me.

        • Grandpa Fred

          Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it.

          • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

            Maybe on a sandwich…

  • Rick-Taylor

    This version better have Rick and Jennifer invited to West’s mansion, where upon West captures Jennifer for his projects and leaves Rick to die….. Only to have Rick find a mask that brings him to life and slaughters all the monsters in the mansion.

  • Darkness69

    A “brooding” version of Re-Animator. Meh. Time to watch the original for the nth time and revel in the masterful wickedness of Jeffrey Combs.

  • Dr. Gitrog Crow

    Ughhhhh, don’t people realize the original short story was a spoof on Frankenstein? Lovecraft wrote it as a comedic, campy rehash on Mary Shelly’s work. Unfortunately, Lovecraft wasn’t exactly Mr. Funny-Man, so its still pretty grim. Yunza and Gordon’s film is, in my opinion, a very logical approach to Lovecraft’s tale of macabre science gone wrong.
    We don’t need dark, grim, realistic horror. The world is horrific enough. We need fun in our horror movies. A bit of tongue in cheek quality, a bit of mugging. The greatest horror films of the last 40 years don’t just dwell in their own misery and dark ambiance.
    They play with fear, they make it fun to be afraid.
    This doesn’t sound fun. This sounds boring.

  • Lol

    “IMDB is inaccurate”…yet IMDB has everything you listed in regards to this movie. Also IMDBPro is there so sh*t can be edited to update titles.

  • enemy

    Sounds promising

  • Adam Wells

    I was interested in this until I looked up the production company. They’ve only produced B titles. Not the good campy, culty kind of B like the original but the worst kind of B , boring and lifeless.

    • Joey Odendahl

      Which is what this sounds like. I guess I’m not a “true Lovecraft fan” because everything I read about this makes me less excited.

      • Adam Wells

        Agreed. It’s really difficult to translate Lovecrafts work onto film but Re-animator was in my opinion one of the best attempts.

  • fannypack aficionado

    This sounds about as promising as the Spanish entry in the series. That’s not an endorsement.

    • Rick-Taylor

      You mean the one where West is in jail? I liked that one a lot. Better than the second one.

  • Grimphantom

    ….

    • Kori Batchelor

      Agreed

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    If you want to stay true to the originals then here is an original thought, don’t “Update” it to modern times. This seems to be a trend that I am getting a little tired of. Everything has to be modernized. What does the movie industry have against period pieces? I don’t want neutrinos, and nanites, and sci fi elements. I’d be much more excited to see the original story, set in the original time.

    • baronterror

      Yes, I too am a huge fan of the original serial. A period piece would be amazing. Probably cost prohibative, especially for some small time guys, but that’s what I would like to see.

      Also I do not remember him bringing back his wife with special powers that threaten everyone. This doesnt sound like closer to the source at all. Which would be fine, except they clearly do not know what they are doing or talking about.

      • I hadn’t even seen that part. That brings it closer to a The Asylum “remake” than anything!

        • baronterror

          Unfortunately that is my takeaway from this.

    • Redsam6

      Damn right, the modernization of these things almost always fails, look at that I Frankenstein garbage, which is why I’m a little worried about the modern Universal Monster universe they’re working on.

      • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

        You and me both. When I first heard they were bringing back the Universal monsters I was excited, until I learned what that meant. It almost sounds like they want to do some cheesy modernized monster based suicide squad. Ugh

    • Joey Odendahl

      I wonder if it’s a budgetary thing. Period pieces seem like they’d cost more… what with all the period cars, costumes, props, etc. You’d have to have a controlled environment in which to shoot so nothing “now” is seen or heard. Whereas low budget films tend to shoot on location.

      • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

        I’m sure you are probably right. Itt’d be prohibitively expensive. I just personally feel like when they modernize all these classic stories it removes a big piece of its DNA. It changes it too much. When you take a story set in Victorian times, for instance, throw in cell phones, computers, modern street slang, super science, etc, you are stripping away part of its identity.

        I personally don’t want to see things like Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Dracula, Frankenstein, Jack The Ripper, Sleepy Hollow, set in modern times. It changes it too much. That’s why I loved Penny Dreadful so much

  • Please don’t call it a remake. If Brian Yuzna isn’t involved, it’s not a remake. It’s just another adaptation. You wouldn’t call the Frankenstein film with Branagh and DeNiro a remake of the Karloff version, would you?

  • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

    Try as he might to build his horror cred, Schaech will always be that guy that ate his own jizzum to me.

  • Andrew Lyall

    Yeah, but will it be another game changer? Will it wreck me?

  • Evan3

    Honestly, this sounds like the route to go if you are going to even try providing a new version. Back to the basics of the story rather than a continuation of a film series that definitely has run its course.

  • Adam Clifton

    No Yuzna or Combs? Why even do it?

  • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

    for all lovecraft fans, we here at 418 Productions are almost ready to start shooting on a feature length adaptation of “From Beyond” (the short story, not the 80’s film).

    you can follow us on instagram @ “418Productions333”
    we can also be reached/followed via our facebook page or youtube channel.
    we are a zero budget studio that is getting ready to unleash hell on the festival circuit next year.
    being “the little guys” (read: self funded), we can use all the support we can get!
    hit us up, just to chat, watch some mind-bending brain-rape movies, or for discussions relating to ALL things horror.
    https://www.facebook.com/418Productions333/?fref=ts
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPvQCCDEm4ZLOwK3Wx_qKjA

    • Orwellianson

      Your shorts are terrible and look like spec reels for someone who just spliced up random footage together and gave them a washed out filter. No thanks.

  • DERP

    “horror icon Johnathon Schaech, who can be seen in Prom Night, The Doom Generation, Flight 7500, 8MM 2, Quarantine, Laid to Rest and Dark Circles, as well as the upcoming Day of the Dead remake.” LOL icon?

    • Orwellianson

      He’s awful in everything he was cast in. None of those films listed were any good either.

  • Joshua Lopez

    If a remake was going to happen, THIS is exactly what it should be. I’m a
    huge fan of the 80s’ Lovecraft flicks, but let’s face reality! Lovecraft
    himself would NOT have approved of them. A darker, more serious, more
    respectful adaptation is long overdue actually. I welcome this project
    with open arms, as any TRUE Lovecraft fan would be.

    • Joey Odendahl

      What’s with people on the internet and this whole, “True fans of _______ must think/feel as I do”?

      • Orwellianson

        Corporate plants by the sound of it. Yuck.

    • Orwellianson

      You sound like a corporate plant for the production company making this film.

      Begone, you shallow troll!

  • ArKay74

    It wasn’t meant to be a Re-Animator movie originally, but was called something else at first. Funny how they seem to have deleted all of the posts hinting at the old name from their Facebook page. It had been called ANTIHUMAN.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Levin sounds like an arrogant, cocky, and condescending douchebag.

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    “neat sic-fi layers” What’s Sic-Fi, a new genre?

  • misfit_85

    This isn’t a remake.
    “Herbert West – Reanimator” is a public domain story, I’m honestly surprised there hasn’t been another adaptation yet.

    As much as we may love the Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs films, they are an adaptation of an over 90 year old literary work and not the be-all end-all take on the material.

    I welcome any new adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft stories and will judge them on their own merits.

    That being said, nothing I’ve heard about this film fills me with confidence but I’ll take a wait-and-see approach and give it a fair shake.

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