Re-Animator (1985) Script

Dr. Gruber!


Mr. West!

Mr. West!

Get out!

Move back.

My god.

You idiots! You'll ruin my notes.

I have to record his vital signs!

No! No!

Dr. Gruber?

Dr. Gruber, How this happened?

Dr. Gruber?

He's dead.

Of course, he's dead, the dosage was too large.

You killed him.

No, I did not.

I gave him life.

All right, I'm gonna zap her again.

Charge up the paddles.

Come on, let's go! Let's go!

Sorry, doctor.

Hold the compressions.


Straight line.

All right, let's call it.


She just needs a little more time for the drugs to circulate.

Cain, we have done everything that can be done for this woman.

She has not responded.

She's gone!

Cain, your optimism is touching, but a waste of time.

A good doctor knows when to stop.

Dr. Harrod, just... Take her.

And take her to the morgue.


Mr. Cain.

Hey, Mace!

I got another one for you.

They ain't locked. Doc Hill's in the autopsy room.

Oh, thanks.

Don't know why they keep locked doors around here.

Nobody wants in... and ain't nobody gettin' out.


Full house.

Oh, I'm sorry, Dan. I didn't mean to scare you.

Oh, it wasn't too bad Dean Halsey.

I just didn't know anybody was here.

You mean, "anybody else".

Dan, this is Herbert West.

He'll be joining you in your third year.

He was doing independent research in Switzerland with Dr. Gruber shortly before he died.

Mr. West, this is Daniel Cain.

(One of Miskatonic Medical's best young hopes for the future of medicine.

What were you researching?


Alan, we don't see you around here much anymore.

Well, I was just showing our newest student, Herbert West here, the not-so-grand tour.

This should interest you, Carl.

He worked with Hans Gruber.

Mr. West?

This is our eminent brain researcher and grant machine, Dr. Carl Hill.

I know your work, Dr. Hill.

Quite well.

Your theory on the location of the will in the brain is... interesting... though derivative of Dr. Gruber's research in the early '70s.

So derivative, in fact, that in Europe it's considered plagiarized.

And your support of the 12-minute limit on the life of the brain stem after death...

Six to 12 minutes, Mr...

West. Herbert West.

Frankly, Dr. Hill?

Your work on brain death is outdated.

Carl, while I remember, we're having a grant committee meeting Thursday.

Megan and I would love it if you came to dinner.

Well, I'd love to, Alan, looking forward to it.

And looking forward to seeing you in class, Mr. West.


No. No.

Yes! Oh, yes!


Thanks a lot, buddy.

I have to go.

No, stay.

Daddy knows I'm here.

I don't care what Dean Halsey knows.

Be reasonable.

If I didn't come home one night... just one night...

What would he do?

Expel me?

He's out of touch with the times.

That's just the way he is, the world's last living Puritan.

I really hate it.

The day that you graduate, the minute you get your M.D., I'll marry you, and I'll help you, and I'll be with you as much as I can until then.

I promise.

Back to square one.

Well, at least it gives me a chance to housebreak you.

Housebroken, is it?

I'm going to have to teach you a lesson, my girl.

What are you doing?


Dan... stop, don't.

Dan, stop it!

Come, my pretty.

Dan, I don't like that.

There's not a jury in the world that would convict me.

Dan, stop it!

Doctor Dan!

Dan, don't, come on, stop.

I really have to go.

Come here! Come to me.

Oh. What?

Oh, shit.


Can I help you?

You're here about the apartment.


Didn't we meet this morning? You're...

West. Herbert West.

Excuse me just one sec.

Come in.

Thank you.

I startled you.

Yes, you did.

May I introduce my fiancée, Megan Halsey?

Miss Halsey. Mr. West.

I'm afraid the place is still kind of a mess, Mr. West.

Oh... Herbert.

So, you've just come from Europe?


What was Dr. Gruber like? He was pretty famous.

Yes, pretty famous...

Does this building have a basement?

Oh, yes.


I think this will be just fine.

I have my things outside, shall I move in now?

Look, I have to go.

I think you and Mr. West have a lot to discuss before you decide anything.

Oh, I've decided.

Well, I'd like-— You know, you'll never even know that I'm here.

Dan, I...

Except, of course, on the first of the month.

Mr. West?

Miss Halsey?

You didn't say why you left Switzerland.

There was no more I could learn there.

Do we... have a deal?



You make the incision at the base of the skull...

cutting away enough of the faschia...

to get your fingers in...

and then grasping firmly with both hands, you pull the skin forward over the head, very much like peeling a large orange.

Once the skull is plainly visible, you take the bone saw...

And you cut around the perimeter.

And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, the human brain.

Once the brain stem of an individual, I'm talking about the reticular activating system, heart regulation, respiratory center.

Once these activities cease, the brain can only survive an additional six to 12 minutes.

Six to 12 minutes.

Until... brain death brings about an irreversible conclusion.

We all want to retain our personalities in some idyllic afterlife.

We all pray for some miracle, some drug, potion, pill.

Perhaps, though, it takes something else.

Perhaps it takes desire, an obsessive desire.

Perhaps it ta...

We will discuss the location of the will in the brain structure at another time.

Mr. West!

I suggest you get yourself a pen!

Class dismissed.

How can you teach such drivel?

These people are here to learn and you're closing their minds before they even have a chance!

What are you here for, Mr. West?

You know, you should have stolen more of Gruber's ideas, then at least you'd have ideas!

Mr. West!

It is going to be a pleasure to fail you.

I would like to propose a toast to the National Science Foundation for recognizing the genius of Dr. Carl Hill, and for awarding Miskatonic Medical School its largest grant ever.

Your new laser drill is going to revolutionize neurosurgery.

To the foundation, and to Miskatonic.

It's all right, sweetheart, you can drink up.

We're celebrating.

I know, Daddy, but I have to go soon.

After preparing such a feast, you must be tired.

I have a study date.

With Daniel?


Daniel Cain'?

Herbert West has moved in with him, hasn't he?

For the time being.

That must be him Excuse me.

So, your daughter is seeing Cain, eh?

You think that's wise, Alan'?


Hello, sir.

Dr. Hill.

Would you join us for a glass of wine?

Actually, we have some work to do.

Why don't you study here?

Well, I've her home soon, don't worry.

Well then, one last toast?

To Megan... my esteemed colleague's capable, beautiful, loving daughter, the obsession of all who fall under her spell.




Okay, what is it?

I don't know, it's...

Look, it's not you, really.

It's just a lot of little things.

Like what?

Well, West is always in his room with the door closed.

I mean, do you ever see him?

Does he ever eat?

I told you, he's a little cracked.

He bothers you, too.

No, don't be ridiculous.

Rufus is terrified of him.

When West comes in, he runs and hides.

Rufus hides and runs all the time, it's standard cat activity.

Yes, but not when we're together, then he's all over us trying to get your attention and...

Where is he?

I haven't seen him since we got here.

It's okay, he's around here.

I haven't even heard him, usually he at least knocks something over when I'm here.

Pss pss pss pss.

Rufus... Rufus... Rufus.

Pss pss pss pss.

Come on, you fat cat.

Here, kitty!


Come on now, you mad animal.

Don't you try to hide from me.

I know all of your tricks.

Rufus? Where are you, boy?

Here, kitty.

Here, kitty!

Here, kitty.

Rufus. Hey, boy!





Hey, boy.

Rufus, are you in here?

Here, boy.

Here, kitty.


Oh, Dan, I think it's...

What are you doing in my room?

How dare you come in... Dan!

What's the matter? What's the matter?

I thought I was renting a private room, Dan!

Meg, what the hell are you doing in here?

I... Would you please leave, now!


In the fridge.

I was going to show you.

Shut up.

What happened?

It was dead when I found it.

You killed him.

He hated you!

Meg. It suffocated.

It knocked the garbage over and it got its head stuck in a jar.

You weren't home, so I put it in there.

I certainly didn't think you'd want to find it like that.

I didn't want to stink the place up.

I was going to show you.

You couldn't call, or write a note?

I was busy pushing bodies around, as you well know, and what would a note say, Dan?

"Cat dead, details later"?

I knew you were fond of it.

You killed him, I know you did.

He killed him.

Besides, I do not like people in my room!

All right, that's enough.

I think you both better leave, now.

What the hell is this?

That is none of your business.

Yeah, I think it is my business!

Just as it is none of my business that you're sleeping with Dean Halsey's daughter.

You know, I would not want to see a fellow student, especially one as promising as yourself, be thrown out of school, out of the profession... on moral ground.

I think Dr. Halsey just might understand.

Oh, do you?

Well, you may well be right.

Are you sure you want to find out?




You hear that sound?

West! West!

West, what is that?


Get off of...


Get out of here!

Get it off of me!

Stay away!


AW, shit.

There he is! Shit.

Don't move.

Look out!

There it goes under the stairs, it's under the stairs.

Okay, I got it.

I got it.


Look out!

It's really quite simple.

All life is a physical and chemical process, correct?

It stands to reason then, that if one could find extremely fresh specimens and recharge that chemical process, bang, we have re-animation.

The theory is not new, West. But my reagent is.


"With various animating solutions,"

"I have killed and brought to animated life,"

"a number of rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, and dogs."

I've broken the 6 to 12 minute barrier.

I've conquered brain death.

"With the higher animals and the consequent" increased strength of solution, reaction has become more violent... and my research has become more difficult.

Which is why I need you to help me.

Help you?

You are the perfect person to assist me.

You're hard-working, bright, people respect you, and you have access to certain authorities.

We can defeat death.

We can achieve every doctor's dream.

You'll be famous... and live lifetimes.

You haven't done this on people?

I've done all I can here.

I'll need new lab space.

You will help me.

No! Why? Because it's mad?

No, because I don't believe you.

How can you say that? You've seen the results.

No, Rufus wasn't dead to begin with.

You drugged him and reduced his vital signs.

You lowered his body temperature.

He couldn't have been dead.

Do you agree that he's dead now?

Do you agree that he's dead now?

West, no!

West, stop!

I'll show you.

Then you'll help me. No!

Yes, you will.

That is why I brought the infernal beast back to life in the first place.

In the brain? Of course.

Don't expect it to tango, it has a broken back.

God! Why does it make that noise?

Birth is always painful.

It was dead.


Oh, it's him! Baby, what are you doing here?

It's Rufus! HOW did...

Come on, let's go upstairs. Oh! Oh, my god.

Herbert West has effected re-animation in dead animal tissue.

Mr. Cain, I'm surprised.

No, I've seen it.

He brought back a dead animal, a cat, back to life.

I hadn't expected such nonsense from you, Mr. Cain, but I should have guessed it when you took up with Mr. West.

I know he's unstable, but I've seen the results, and so has your daughter.

What have you been doing with my daughter?

She walked into an experiment.

You've involved Megan in your insanity?

I never intended to involve her.

Tomorrow morning, you will submit to me a written apology for this entire affair.

These experiments were clearly beyond the scope of your legitimate studies.

They've obviously interfered with your ability to do your class work.

If any equipment from the hospital or from the laboratories of Miskatonic University were involved in any of this unauthorized activity, criminal charges may be pressed.

You will, in any case, have your student loan rescinded.

My loan?

I won't be able to continue school.

As for Mr. West, he needs submit no apology.

You may tell him that he may continue with his research without the impediment of an education.

As of now, he is no longer a student of this university.

Sir, can we please just discuss this?

I think you're being blinded by your emotions.

That will be all, Mr. Cain.

Don't take this out on Meg.

She tried to stop me.

I said that will be all.

Oh, they keep on a comin', don't they? Oh, yeah.

You ain't got my lunch under there, have you?

Yeah, one meatball run over by a semi.


I lost my appetite. You gonna be around for a while?

I might go catch me some coffee.

Take your time. You got it.


Just put your shoes on.

Oh, damn, if we get caught...

Oh, well, what will they do?

Embalm us?

Let's go.

Burn victim.

Here's your meatball. Oh.

Shotgun wound to the head.

Oh, god, he's rotten.

Malpractice. Shit.

Let's go, we're not going to find anything.

Wait. Wait!

Yes, I think you.

How long?

He arrived early this evening.

John Doe, apparently just dropped dead.

No record of any damage. It's almost perfect.

Why "almost"?

Could be heart damage.

Then let's just find another one.

No! We do not have time!

All we need tonight is a specific, conscious reaction.

He's been dead for hours.

Any evidence of re-animated consciousness will justify proceeding.

Start the recorder.

Start the damn recorder!

Make the entry.




Subject: Male. Age?

Age, early twenties.

Physical condition? No deformities.

Appears to have been in excellent physical condition.

Apparent cause of death...


Heart failure.

Heart failure.

Time, 10:33 PM.

10:33 PM.

15 cc's.

15 cc's of reagent being administered.

He loves me, we're getting married.

He's mad! I've seen this happen to medical students before.

Good ones!

Dr. Harrod, is Mr. Cain loose in this hospital?

In the morgue, I think, doctor.

I specifically told Dr. Riley to suspend him, and to take him off the floor if he reported to work!

Dr. Riley's been in emergency surgery for four hours.

I haven't seen him.

Time elapsed.

15 seconds.

Something should have happened by now.

It's not working.

Let's get out of here!

Obviously, the human dosage factor is unknown.

Increasing the dosage, 20 cc's of reagent.

Herbert, let's go! No!


Page Mr. Cain and have him report to Level L security desk, and make sure that she stays right here.

You can't stop me! I followed you here, and I'm gonna follow you until you listen to me! Megan!

I love him! You're my daughter, and you'll do as you're told!

Sit down, Miss Halsey.

Mr. Cain will be up soon, you can discuss it then.

Don't blame him, Daddy!

We failed.

Come on, let's go!

I mean, someone could be coming any minute!

He failed! Not I!

Mr. Cain, Mr. Daniel Cain, please report to the security desk, Level L Oh, god.

Cover him up.

Let's go! All right!

Grab him!


It listened to me.



Cain, open up this door.


Get help!

Is West in there with you?

You're in a lot of trouble, both of you!


Let go!


For god's sakes!

Dan... look out.

Come on.

Find the recorder.

Herbert... no. Did you see him react?

He listened to me. It made a conscious act.

He heard you as an animal would.

Herbert, no, you can't be serious!

Hell, you may be right.

It'd probably been dead too long.

It wasn't fresh enough!

We probably only revived the senses and the instincts, so, come on!

Help me get him up.

Is he dead?

Of course, will you give me a hand here?

Now, he interrupted an important experiment in progress.

Granted, it was an accident.

But this is the freshest body that we could come across save of killing one ourselves, and every moment that we spend talking about it costs us results!

Now will you give me a hand?

Dan, we can bring him back to life.


Now, get the recorder.

Find my serum.

This is a dream.


Here. Do his other hand.

Oh, good.

Unbreakable plastic, one of man's few durable inventions.

Certainly more durable than this.

We need you in the crash room.


12 cc's being administered.

The dosage lessened in accordance to the freshness of the subject.

5 seconds.

Come on.

I'll show you.

15 seconds. I'll show you!

17 seconds.

Re-animation at 17 seconds! The eyes opened!

Doctor. Dr. Halsey, you once did me a favor by letting me into your medical school.


Welcome back to life.



Damn the bitch.

Megan... Meg?

Dan, what is it, are you all right?

Dan, he's trying to speak, the recorder!



Daddy, no!

No! No, Meg, don't go near him!

What the hell happened here?

Dan, you all right?

Who's that?

That is Dean Halsey, sir.

You see I came down here to visit Mr. Cain, who was here working and Halsey entered and started ranting at us, rather irrationally.


He was just angry!


Meg. What happened?

Who's that over there?

Just a corpse.

You see, Halsey came in, grabbed that thing, and, well, went crazy.

Dean Halsey?

Dean Halsey!

Arrest them!

I'm calling the police!

Oh, Daddy!

Shock... don't worry.


He can't hear you, or see you.

That's a one-way mirror.

What is wrong with him, Doctor?

Will he ever be...

Until we know exactly what happened to him, there's no way to determine his course of recovery.

That's why I need you to sign a release, so that I can perform exploratory surgery on him.

Is that absolutely necessary, Dr. Hill?

I know how difficult this must be for you, but I'm convinced that your father's problem is neurological.

Of course, we'll take every precaution.

You must trust me.

I want to take a look at the right frontal lobe.

I'll open the skull here...

I don't want to know.

Just help him.

Please, doctor.

Please let me talk to him.


I must insist you leave his treatment up to me.

I want you to think of me as someone you can come to with your problems.

Or if you're ever lonely.

I know you're all by yourself now.

I'm going to take care of him, doctor, and I'm going to find out what happened to him.

What are you doing here?

I've been waiting for you.

I have to tell you.

What did you do to him?

What did you and West do to him to make him like that?

It was... it was horrible.

I didn't...

What did you do to him?

He's not insane.

He's dead.

No. No.

You're insane, you are insane, no!

You know it's true, Meg.

You know it's true.


Daddy. Daddy.

I'll tell you, Meg, everything.

Good evening, Mr. West.

What do you want?

I want to know why Halsey's heart fibrillated.

I don't have to talk to you.

Why his pulse is erratic.

I've told everything I know to the police.

Why he cries out in pain.

You can leave now, doctor.

When we both know he is quite dead.

Interesting little laboratory you have here.

Mr. West, I recognize this?

What do you want?

Yes, we are both scientists.

Let us get to the point.

I want your discovery.

Whatever it is that gives the dead the appearance of life.

Oh, it is not the appearance of life, it is life.

This is not magic, as you say, I am a scientist.

I'll have you locked up for a madman... or a murderer.

You will do... what I tell you to do.

Ingenious, Mr. West.

Your extension of that old fool Gruber's work is really quite... brilliant.

Has Dr. Hill examined your father?


He wanted to do exploratory surgery on him.

Oh, shit.

Then he'll find out.

Eventually he'll find out.

Let us see... my new serum at work?

Dead cat tissue.



Yes, Mr. West.

I will be famous.

Laid to rest.



I've never done whole parts.


Yes, doctor.

It's Herbert West.

What are you thinking?

How do you feel?


" You."



Oh my god, what has Hill done to him?

Looks like a laser drill.

Your father's been lobotomized.

That's it.

My work! My work!

What's going on?

My work is gone.

It's all gone.

He took my serum!

Except for what I have upstairs.


What happened here?


Hill took my serum! My notes! Everything.

Herbert, you're insane!

Now, what happened here? I had to kill him.


He's dead?

Not any more. No, Herbert.

This has gotta stop!

Look, he tried to blackmail me, Dan.

Enough is enough!

And he wanted you to disappear!

Oh. Oh.

Oh, that's why he did it to Halsey.

What? You've seen Halsey?

He lobotomized him, so he could control him in case he ever tried to talk or tell somebody what happened.

So he could protect his discovery.

Yes. Very clever.

I gotta tell Meg.

What does Meg have to do with this?

Hill's got this weird file on her, it's full of napkins and hair and photographs.

I think he's projected some sort of psychotic need onto her.




Oh... yes...


It's... time for you... to come out now.

Is that you, Dr. Hill?

Of course it's me.

Break time.

That's... better.

Meg? Meg!

Dan? Dan...

I was so afraid. What is it?

What's the matter?

Well... I don't know.

I was just worried about you.


L...l just feel horrible about everything.

I guess I'm just getting paranoid.

It's just... so hard to lose you.

You should go away.

Transfer to another school.

Don't worry about me.

You're the one that should get away.

Go live your life.

Find somebody.

I tried to hate you.

I wanted so much to hate you.

I love you.

No! Daddy!

Dr. Halsey.

No, Daddy!

Oh, no, Daddy!

Daddy! Daddy!

The door.

Oh... yes.

Dan? Dan?


Come on.

Oh, well, you'll be all right.


Oh my god.

Where, Herbert?

He's at the hospital I imagine. Can you stand up?

Let's go.

Oh... Meg.

I've... always... admired your beauty, my dear.

I think I've always loved you.

You will love me.

You will.


Please stop!

Let me go!

That's it, my dearest Meg... more passion!

Oh my god! Yes, my love!

I must say, Dr. Hill...

I'm very disappointed in you.

You steal the secret of life and death, and here you are trysting with the bubble-headed coed, you're not even a second-rate scientist.

Mr. West.

I'm actually glad to see you.

It saves me the trouble of having to send for you.

You'll never get credit for my discovery.

Who's gonna believe a talking head?

Get a job in a sideshow.

I wonder why an intelligent young man like yourself should make such a foolish, fatal mistake, of coming here to challenge me.

Oh... l have a plan.

So do I.

Let go of me!


I will show you power, Mr. West!

My discovery, a laser surgical drill.

It makes possible a new technique in lobotomy, which results in total mastery of the human will.

Re-animated subjects have proven to be the best.

They will give me power!

Undreamed of power.

Stay behind me.

Daddy, listen to me.

It's Megan, Megan!

Hill, they'll kill her! Then I'll give her life!

Look at me!

Meg, come on!

Let's go! Come on!


I am not through here!

Megan, no!

Let me go! I told you, I have a theory!

Overdose! No!


Look out!


My notes.

MY notes!

Let's go.

Come on!

My god! Megan!

Take her into number three!

Bring her this way!

Hurry, hurry, she's got nothing.


Air on.

Somebody give me some paste!

On three.

Okay, everybody off.



Bringing back air.

The trachea's fractured.

She's fixed and dilated.

No response.

Cain... Cain.

I love you.

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