The 1985 horror film “Re-Animator,” directed by Stuart Gordon, supposedly takes place in Switzerland and Massachusetts. The production, however, actually took place in Southern California. In the opening of the film, Herbert West, played by Jeffrey Combs, successfully brings his dead professor, Dr. Hans Gruber, back to life at the University of Zurich Institute of Medicine in Switzerland. The university was a composite of two locations. The exterior was shot at Loyola Hall on the grounds of Loyola High School. This side of the building faces Venice Blvd.
LOCATION: 1901 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
The interior university scenes were filmed in Pasadena at William G. Kerckhoff Laboratories of the Biological Sciences on the grounds of California Institute of Technology.
LOCATION: 535 S Wilson Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106
While GPS will get you in the general vicinity, the grounds are big and it can be confusing if you don’t know where to look. While the exterior is never featured in the film, here is what it looks like on the outside. This entrance faces S Wilson Ave, with GPS coordinates of 34.137110, -118.127688.
Herbert West goes to Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts, the exterior of which was actually filmed at VA West LA Veteran’s Hospital. The interior scenes were a composite of two more locations, first at the former Pacoima Memorial Lutheran Hospital (11600 Eldridge Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342), which has since been demolished. The morgue interior scenes were filmed at Occidental Studios in Hollywood (201 N Occidental Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026).
LOCATION: 11301 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90073
The house of Dan Cain, played by Bruce Abbott, can be found in Hollywood. Herbert West rents a room from Dan. The interiors were shot at the real home, aside from the basement, which was also filmed at Occidental Studios.
LOCATION: 2238 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
The exterior of Dean Halsey’s house can be found near the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
LOCATION: 405 S Irving Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020