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This review is from: Beyond Re-Animator [DVD] (DVD)
After a long gap (13 years!) the classic horror film Re-Animator finally gets another sequel (this is part 3 if you're counting). While keeping the essentials of the original Beyond Re-Animator adds some new spins to the zombie formula in the form of 'nanoplasma', the missing electrical ingredient that (in theory) stops the re-animated dead from turning into rabid killers. It's important that the film pushes forward with some new ideas to keep things fresh, but I can't say I was particularly enamoured of the nanoplasma device, as it ultimately leads to some of the most cheesy and embarrassing 'body swap' moments of the film, with the warden turned into a human rat being particularly poor. Elsewhere Jeffrey Combs turns in his usual great performance as Herbert West, though his ever-unwilling sidekick Dan Cain is sadly missing, replaced here by a character called Howard Philip (obviously a nod to original inspiration HP Lovecraft). Plus points for Beyond Re-Animator are the fantastic special effects, which range from a jawless zombies wildly flapping tongue to a junkie who overdoes on re-agent literally exploding over the screen. There are also some very OTT scenes seemingly designed to make the film offensive to the mainstream. Fans of Re-Animator will find plenty of enjoyable moments here, but the film as a whole is a little to disjointed to really succeed in it's own right.