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Bride of Re-Animator
Date. Mate. Re-animate.
Herbert West once again revives the dead. This time, he brings Dan's ex-girlfriend's heart back inside a 'perfect' body. Dr. Hill returns as the evil nemesis who lost his head.
Despite a hearty effort this lacks the manic transgressive glee of something like EVIL DEAD II, which much more successfully juggled tonal whiplash and sheer audacity of craft. But it's suitably wet, Jeffrey Combs is still delightful, and the practical effects are of course astounding.
Loses a star for "shocking a flatline." Here's some medical knowledge for you. You never shock a flatline. You shock an irregular heartbeat (fibrillation) with a defibrillator. A flatline isn't even fixed with a intracardiac injection despite what Pulp Fiction would have you believe. A flatline, if you're curious, is when the ECG shows no electrical activity; a cardiac flatline is called "asystole". Fixing a cardiac flatline generally includes CPR (to the beat of Staying Alive) or a shot of epinephrine delivered through endotracheal tube or intravenously.
I know it's kind of shitty to nitpick the medical plausibility of a film about re-animated dead people, but "shocking a flatline" is such a common and irritating cliche. It always strikes me…
I loved Re-Animator. I was shocked at how much fun I had when watching it. This one tries to live up to the first one, and it never quite does. It starts off really slow and they kind of seem to be taking themselves too seriously for awhile. But, when the wacky moments do happen they are just as crazy and fun as the original and Herbert West is just such a fantastic character played perfectly by Jeffrey Combs.
More manic but less successful than its predecessor, Yuzna's sequel was not an enjoyable as I had hoped. While the effects department have upped their game, the supporting actors and scriptwriters have fumbled their balls. Combs is excellently deranged, as always.
I missed Barbara Crampton. And I know she dead but if any movie could find a way to bring a main character back it would be this one, right?
And what's with replacement Peruvian chick, in light of the horror witnessed in Herbert's basement, she's still about as game as they come. Dr Cain you irresistibly sensitive ol' dog!
Still, its short, crazy and there's a lot jumbled in if you imagine this is your sort of thing.
I created what no man's mind nor woman's womb could ever hope to achieve.
-Dr. Herbert West
While the pacing might be off a tad and as a whole doesn't really achieve the deranged genius of the original, that batshit crazy final act makes up for any flaws the film might have leading up to it. Bruce Abbott returns from the original, but it's Jeffrey Combs as the returning Dr. Herbert West that is the true star of the film.
I don't want to dwell on the negatives of the film, because it's still a hell of a fun watch, but it's impossible not to notice the severe contrast in quality of almost all the special effects. Some of the…
While I have seen the first and third movie in the franchise countless times, somehow I never ended up watching the middle piece. That is until now. While I can see many of the drawbacks this movie brings, I still had way to much fun with it.
After all the mayhem Cain and West had caused in the first movie they somehow managed to earn their medical degree and get a job at the very same hospital they studied in. At night they try to expand their expertise and build a woman out of spare bodyparts. Needless to say there are many testruns to be passed.
Jeffrey Combs is again the lynchpin of the movie with a fantastic portrayal as…
Great sequel that manages to be nearly as good as its predecessor. The cast is great. It really is a perfect followup to the original, even though I did like that one a bit better. The effects in this are spectacular, especially near the end.
Arrow Video did a wonderful job with this release. I would definitely get your hands on it if you can. Great job.
Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott return to, arguably, their most famous roles for this sequel to the horror comedy classic, Re-Animator. David Gale is also back, although he has considerably less screentime this time around.
Dr Herbert West is still intent on defeating death, but now he also pursues the theory that he can create completely new life from individual parts. All doesn't go well, which will come as no surprise to those who know the character.
It's a lesser sequel, no doubt about that, but this keeps things entertaining and gory enough until everything culminates in a finale that feels truly nightmarish in both imagery and atmosphere.
Has some good effects and it's nice to see the main cast from the original back, it's a shame the film isn't as strong, it's pretty much the original again but with added Bride of Frankenstein.
Brian Yuzna's follow up to Stuart Gordon's beloved Re-Animator (which Yuzna also produced) is pretty satisfying as far as 80s horror sequels go. As is generally the case, the credo seems to be "more is better", I feel like the body count in this one is more outlandish yet not quite as shocking. Humour was a big part of the first Re-Animator though so you can't accuse Yuzna of injecting unwanted slyness. It's one of the few horror franchises that combined both sensibilities - horror and humour - from the outset.
I feel like brides built from body parts were a big thing in the late 80s/early 90s. It's difficult to watch this and not think of Frank Henenlotter's similarly…
Fun, gooey, sexy
It's as funny as the previous. It has some nonsense in the plot, but bottom line it's well connected - same actors, returned cool characters.
West will always experiment, always, as long as he as something to try it on. The other guys goes along somehow. And somehow they go to a war somewhere and come back to their previous jobs. It has some classic bride of Frankenstein references to... and lots of gore and a flying head.
Arrow Films did a wonderful job with the transfer. Great movie.
Uneven follow up to a genuine masterpiece. Combs still owns his role as Herbert West and the effects work can often be dazzling, particularly with the titular bride. Yet, everyone ends up being about as silly as West, making the funnier moments incongruous with what should be the more straight laced elements that are instead equally goofy. There's no grounding for the insanity, making the the comedy often run thin.
Watched the gorgeous unrated restoration that Arrow Video released last week and was delighted by all the grue and gore that gets thrown at the screen. Jeffrey Combs is maniacally delightful as the horrible Herbert West, casually injecting every body part he can find with his ghastly glowing green fluid, re-animating the dead and the doomed in the name of science. MAD science.
On the downside, Brian Yuzna is no Stuart Gordon. The spectacle tops the original Re-Animator, but the creative touch is absent. Yuzna feels more like a tradesman than an auteur, and the wretched synth score robs one of the best horror movie title themes of its oomph and threatens to suck the energy out of the film at times.
A must-watch for all dedicated horror hounds.
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