RE-ANIMATOR is a classic and one that truly transcends the minimizing asterisk of the "cult" prefix by virtue of its surprising aforementioned accessibility and remarkable entertainment quotient.
I've been a huge fan of all things Badass Digest, Birth.Movies.Death. The Canon, etcetera since their inception but (shamefully) I have heretofore been content to stand idly by and not contribute to the Earwolf forum here in any way, shape or form as so many beloved and special films' fates have been decided. Entirely complacent and passive and dismissive of the potential significance of my own single voice and vote....until today. Here and now, I have just cast what is - at present - a crucial tiebreaking vote in support of RE-ANIMATOR's inclusion in The Canon. (#205, Total/#103, Yes) Such is the power and the worth and the passion compelled by this film! I was called to action and there was no way I could not have heeded the call!
The fact that RE-ANIMATOR happens to be such an out-and-out blast cannot and should not be held against it in an effort to bar its entry! It's tons of fun but it has a big, bloody brain in its (severed) head.
It's not EVIL DEAD II: DEAD BY DAWN. It's not CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. It's not THE FLY. It's not THE THING. None of these incredible films are the other, for chrissakes. RE-ANIMATOR is very much its own wonderful thing and PRECISELY that which it sets out to be as a screen story.
Such matters as its similar vintage, graphic violence, sense of humor, envelope-pushing nature, effects work, genre/subgenre and so on are purely incidental. I wish there was more chronological distance between its creation and that of those other films held in contention with it so that such a wrongheaded argument couldn't be constantly used as such a convenient crutch.
At the end of the day, the prospective addition of RE-ANIMATOR to The Canon only adds notable value to The Canon. Nothing about The Canon is in any manner diminished or devalued by the incorporation of this major work. The vaunted and esteemed standards and pedigree of The Canon staunchly remain unchanged and sacred!
And again, there's no such thing as too much fun. In life, in love, in film, in music, in The Canon - anywhere. And fret not, Ms. Nicholson, The Canon knows no numerical limit! You've both said so yourselves. Thus, there's always plenty of room for PENNIES FROM HEAVEN. Just make sure to file it next to WORKING GIRL when it gains admittance.