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Bride of Re-Animator
Re-Animator 2

USA 1990
produced by
Brian Yuzna, Hidetaka Konno (executive), Keith Walley (executive), Paul White (executive) for Wild Street
directed by Brian Yuzna
starring Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Fabiana Udenio, David Gale, Kathleen Kinmont, Mel Stewart, Irene Forrest, Michael Strasser, Mary Sheldon, Marge Turner, Johnny Legend, David Bynum
screenplay by Rick Fry, Woody Keith, based on the story Herbert West, Re-Animator by H.P. Lovecraft, adapted by Rick Fry, Woody Keith, Brian Yuzna, special effects by Screaming Mad George, Anthony Doublin, Dave Allen, Magical Media, K.N.B. EFX Group, music by Richard Band

Re-Animator

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Doctor West (Jeffrey Combs) and his colleague Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) are at it again: Re-animating corpses, first in a warzone, where corpses are always in large supply, then, after their camp gets raided by the enemy, they return to the Miskatonic Hospital, Arkham, Massachusetts, where they had their little massacre at the end of Re-Animator.

But while Dan soon wants to abandon the experiments and instead  be a compassionate doctor, West even wants to go one step further ... to create life - and to that end, he steals bodyparts on a regular basis, sews them together - sometimes in rather bizarre combinations (like the eye with 5 fingers), injects them with his re-animation serum, waits what happens and if he grows tired of his creations, he tosses them into the neihgbouring crypt he has access to through a hole in the wall of his basement.

And to keep Dan aboard, he also steals the heart of Dan's dead girlfriend Megan (see Re-Animator for that) and promises to use it in his artificial human. Of course though, West's bodypart-stealing doesn't go entirely unnoticed, and soon cop Chapman (Claude Earl Jones), whose wife also died and was re-animated at the end of Re-Animator, finds him out, confronts him with his crimes ... and West has to kill him ... but since for him another corpse is only another opportunity for another experiment, he revives him again in no time without anticipating the consequences ... and the cop turns into a homicidal monster he and Dan and Dan's new girlfriend Francesca (Fabiana Udenio) can throw him out only with the greatest of efforts.

And while West's experiments to create a new human being (henceforth called The Bride) does progress quite steadily, and he can again persuade Dan to help him when he promises him to use the head of Dan's favourite patient Gloria (Kathleen Kinmont), another situation has arisen: forensic doctor Graves (Mel Stewart) has found both the head of doctor Hill (David Gale) - West's arch-enemy in the first Re-Animator - and a bit of West's re-animation serum, and has given the head an infusion out of pure curiosity ... of course, Hill's head comes to life again, takes over the other living deads in the hospital plus living dead cop Chapman and before long - with attached batwings to move around on its own, leads an attack on West's house. There, the bride has just awakened, fallen in love with Dan and is about to kill Francesca out of jealousy - and then all hell breaks loose ...

 

Now one has to admit, in direct comparison to Re-Animator, Bride of the Re-Animator is no match, even if it tries (and succeeds) to keep the mix of dark humour and visceral horror of the earlier film - but of course, it's anything but easy to make the sequel to an almost instant horror classic like Re-Animator was, and while Bride of the Re-Animator doesn't succeed to live up to its peer, it's a very honourable effort - because taken on its own merits, this one is quite a fun movie, borrowing not only from Re-Animator but also from the likes of Bride of Frankenstein, and accentuating the slapstick aspects of the situations the characters are thrown in (and especially Jeffrey Combs is quite brilliant in these scenes), emphasizing on the absurd and grotesque of the situations without ever becoming just moronic, throwing in many great setpieces and often surreal special effects, and in the end making this one a really enjoyable genre comedy.

Basically, do yourself a favour and don't compare this to the first one, and you'll have one bloody good time!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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