Re-Animator Reanimated to a Fate Worse than Death


That fate? Becoming a vapid TV series a la One Tree Hill, full of pretty white people, set for the CW (or it least its target audience). CHUD has the miserable news that rather than just create their own teen/horror franchise, someone has decided to ruin the cult-favorite Re-Animator property and plans to fuck with it thusly. Here’s the terrifyingly lame synopsis:

What BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER was for Gothic storytelling, HERBERT WEST: RE-ANIMATOR will be for sci-fi and horror.

Fall–Freshman Year–Miskatonic University

The campus is finally reopening after 10 years of closure. It seems years ago, a student suddenly possessed with an uncontrollable rage broke out into a violent murder spree that left half the campus up in flames. Officials never found out just what filled the young man with the desire to kill so many.

Herbert West, a dark and mysterious young man, arrives on campus, instantly shining as a brilliant young student and the object of many of his female schoolmates’ desires. We soon learn that along with his medical school, Herbert also has a secret passion that he relentlessly is pursuing. Late at night when everyone else is gone, Herbert conducts groundbreaking experiments…to learn the secret of life itself…to unlock the code that will allow him to reanimate the dead.

Charismatic, sexy and dangerous, Herbert’s obsessions eventually draw his young colleagues, friends and lovers into his dark world. They will all share in the rewards and consequences of meddling with things that man was not meant to–all the while dealing with their own growing relationships and unfolding subsequent storylines inspired by the fantastic works of H.P Lovecraft.

Soon, the group of friends discovers that their campus is also becoming an increasing hot spot for scientific and sometimes horrific phenomenon. It’s as if the place is becoming a portal for the unknown. Could it be that Herbert’s secret experiments are the cause of these occurrences…or is it something much more indescribable?

Some will not survive and others will wish they hadn’t. HERBERT WEST–RE-ANIMATOR is a fresh, contemporary take on all of H.P. Lovecraft’s immortal horror works.

While it’s nice that that all of Lovecraft’s works will be included, I can’t imagine any of the pretty young things clawing out their own brains in terror, so I imagine they’ll be included just to be crapped on. The only solace is knowing this series will surely be swiftly buried.