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Bride of Re-Animator (Tartan Grindhouse) DVD


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  • Actors: Jeffrey Combs
  • Directors: Brian Yuzna
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GZETQ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,738 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Exclusive Sleeve If you thought that the nightmare couldn't get any worse, you were mistaken! The depravity gets a fresh injection with this bloody sequel to the film that Re-animated the horror film in the 1980s. With more spectacular gut-wrenching effects, and unimaginable terrors lurking in the basement, the sickest man in science is back... Doctors Herbert West and Dan Cain make a startling discovery: not only can serum reanimate the dead, but when mixed with a rare fluid, it can bring limbs back to life - completely independent of body and brain! With the power to 'create' new life comes a chance to bring back Dan's former fiancé from the dead. But when a vial falls into the wrong hands, a gore fest ensues with severed limbs and zombies galore!

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 9 Aug 2004
Format: DVD
The original Re-Animator is rightly regarded as an all time-horror classic, and certainly when it comes to tongue-in-cheek gore-filled black comedies only the first 2 Evil Dead films come anywhere near it. Making a sequel looks to be a hopeless task, as the first film clearly tied itself up as a self-contained film, but while it requires a bit of suspension of disbelief from the viewer the script for Bride of Re-Animator does a tremendous job just managing to reunite most of the cast from the first film (half of whom appeared to have died at the end it) without completely throwing away the continuity of the first film.
It's a bit weird to see Herbert West attempting to give life to separate body parts here when in the first film he couldn't even manage to re-animate whole corpses without turning them into maniacal zombies, but it does allow scope for this film to explore a slightly different angle from the first whilst still retaining the feel of the original. The first half of the film is rather slow and boring, with only West's bizarre experiments in joining together odd combinations of body parts providing any entertainment. The ending is fantastic however, with a climax that rivals the ending of the first film for sheer over the top insanity, as West and eternal unwilling sidekick Dan Cain find themselves under siege from the now bat-winged head of Doctor Hill, his re-animated zombies (including a hilarious zombie cop who bursts in holding his badge as though making an arrest), the bricked-up earlier failed experiments of West and of course the 'bride of re-animator' herself...
Inevitably it's inferior to the original movie, but the combination of returning old favourite characters with some new improved gore effects means this will provide some entertainment for fans of the first film. Nowhere near as bad as it's reputation, Bride of Re-Animator is a fair stab at a very difficult sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sharon L. Lawson on 14 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
The good old days of latex and hand-made special effects. No CGI then!

Basic plotline revolves around the desire to re-animate the doctor's deceased girlfriend using her heart and other corpse's body parts. A police leutennant suspects something strange is going on from the evidence from the first film and is a threat to the experiment. Of course, in the lead up to and after the re-animation, chaos ensues from all angles and some amusing 'living' bodies/body parts join in the big fight at the end.

Who survives is down to you to guess!

A pretty decent old-school gory horror film. Sick yet comical. Could be better in some ways but that is usually the charm of these films - cheesy acting and OTT violence! 'Braindead' is the best example, check it out:
Braindead [1993]
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By "indiehunter" on 11 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
Though I'd always considered Bride of Re-Animator a fairly underachieved sequel, the question of whether the movie truly stunk or whether it just paled in comparison to the brilliantly cool original always nagged at me a little. So now after sitting through Bride of Re-Animator for the second time in thirteen years, I can put that niggling to rest: it's a pretty poor sequel...both compared to the original and certainly on its own.
The plot picks up eight months after the bloddbath the ended the first Re-Animator. Doctors West and Cain are back, setting their way through a whole new series of corpses. Before too long there are re-animated animals, zombified authority figures, and gibbering bloodstreaked undead galore.
Sad but true; Bride of Re-Animator suffers from that most common of sequel mistakes: This occurs when filmmakers, in a well-meaning effort to please the fans, rely far too strongly on plot devices and gimmicks recycled from the first instalment. Often the follow-up ends up feeling more like a remake than a continuation, and rarely does a situation like that make for a quality sequel.
To be fair, Bride of Re-Animator does bring something new to the table, (as the film's title clearly indicates) but very little of Bride of Re-Animator rises to its potential. Fans of the original may find themselves cheated, particularly if they think that a film as celebrated as Re-Animator would deliver a half-decent sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones on 19 Aug 2002
Format: VHS Tape
If you enjoyed the first film you'll love this one. Re-animator and Re-animator 2 are undoubtedly the best conversions of Lovecraft to film. It goes past tounge-in-cheek and out the other side but it really works. Director Yuzna brilliantly converts Lovecraft's early 20th century story to a more modern setting and Jeffrey Combs brings the manic character of West to life in a way that no other actor could. I love this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Halliday on 18 Sep 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this movie many, many moons ago on VHS, and I was expecting the Tartan Video version to be fairly crisp. It wasn't. The sound and picture were both of very poor quality indeed, so poor in parts that the dialogue could not be made out. Still, it's a fun gore-fest, so you roll with it and move on. But I'm annoyed that I got such a poor quality version when surely there must be better versions out there.
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By Mr A Trinder on 18 Jan 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Thought this film was fantastic! I was mesmerised! If you're a fan of the Evil Dead - Bruce Campbell series of films you'll love this film too! It is relatively old, and perhaps the effects a little crude when compared with those of today, but despite this, they were still some of the most thrillingly disturbing I've seen! It's a great film!
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