While chatting about his new film "Would You Rather" with Topless Robot, genre legend Jeffrey Combs dropped some info on the long-discussed fourth "Re-Animator" movie, the proposed "House of Re-Animator" which would've seen Dr. Herbert West (Combs) dropping in the President of the Untied States to re-animate the corpse of a Dick Cheney-esque Vice President.
About the always in production film, he said:
It rears up every once in a while, but the landscape with movies has really changed in the last 4 or 5 years. Delivery systems are different. This movie, Would You Rather, is video on demand. It had a small theatrical release, but it's a video on demand and that's just where it goes. I just don't know. There are also demographics. I'm sure that Brian Yuzna, who owns the rights to Re-Animator, would love to have another pass at a Re-Animator sequel, but someone's got to step up and fund it. And when you get into that, there's the crux of the problem - bean counters.
He added his thoughts on, what to "Re-Animator" fans would be a sign of the end times, but at this point, an inevitability, right? A "Re-Animator" reboot!
Here's what I think will happen. The name is so well-known, it's a cult classic, that someone at some point give Brian a lot of money for the title, and they'll reboot it, thinking they can just tell the same story again, but with younger, fresher actors. Re-do it, update it, and we know what that will have to do.
If the "Evil Dead" remake hits - and based on the reactions to that red-band trailer - it will, Tinseltown is bound to dump other blood-soaked horror cult classics into their reboot machines, and "Re-Animator" is certainly one of the flicks that is probably most mentioned when rattling off titles of splattery classics.
Watch your back, "Dead Alive"!