A few years back, film director Stuart Gordon had the thought that his gore-filled 1985 horror movie Re-Animator might be improved with the addition of some songs. It was an odd idea — but an ultimately successful one. In the spring of 2011, Re-Animator: The Musical opened at Hollywood’s Steve Allen Theater to great reviews (Variety hailed it as “an entertainment of rich rewards and high accomplishment”) and tonight the play officially starts a second run at the Hayworth Theatre, prior to engagements at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. The H.P. Lovecraft-inspired tale stars Graham Skipper as the corpse-reanimating Herbert West, George Wendt as the unfortunate Dean Halsey, and large amounts of fake blood as, well, large amounts of not-fake blood.
Gordon — who is both the show’s director and coauthor of its book — talks about his hopes for Re-Animator: The Musical, the possibility of fourth Re-Animator movie, and why his brother eats bugs — literally.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did Re-Animator: The Musical come about in the first place?
STUART GORDON: I just saw it in my head, how you could do this as a musical. People had been suggesting it to me for several years and I kind of laughed. I thought it was a ridiculous idea. But one day it sort of hit me — all of the effects in the movie were done practically on a stage, so we could do them all live in front of audiences.
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