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DATE. MATE. RE-ANIMATE.
The success of Stuart Gordon s hit horror-comedy Re-animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-animator - this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead 3) - would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.
It is 8 years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?
With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous shunting sequence in Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations including zombified bats and a one-eyed finger spider Bride of re-animator is a more than worthy successor to Gordon s original cult classic.
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Brian Yuzna's Bride of Re-Animator (1990) was one of the last hurrahs for special-effects-based horror films before CGI extended the ease with which the impossible could be put on screen. Like its predecessor, Re-Animator, Bride is very loosely based on HP Lovecraft's stories of Herbert West, a scientist with a taste for investigation that knows no boundaries, especially not those of good taste. He and his agonisingly liberal sidekick Cain have discovered an improvement on their original serum--now they can not only bring the dead back to life but also assemble them from parts first.
Jeffrey Combs gives a wonderfully dour performance as West, not even cracking a smile when a creature he has concocted from fingers and an eye-ball is running around the room unseen by a pestering detective. This is the sort of film that constantly escalates its macabre elements--the surviving villain of the first film has been left as simply an animated head, but that does not stop him pursuing his revenge on West, nor finding ways of using West's new techniques along the way. It all makes for cheerfully gruesome fun.
On the DVD: Bride of Re-Animator is presented in an anamorphic widescreen visual aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and its Dolby 2.0 does what little can be done with the muddy soundtrack, but is rather better with the jauntily creepy score. The only special features on this Tartan issue are the trailer, the director's production notes and a reel of trailers for other Tartan horror movies. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Now, five years after the massacre at Miskatonic University, he's in some South American hell-hole in the middle of a civil war using his re-animation serum on dead or wounded soldiers. As soon as the conflict boils over into revolution he legs it out of there with the naive/loyal Dr. Cain and heads back to Arkham Hospital. Where's he's apparently allowed to just take up his old position no questions asked.
Acting as if none of the previous carnage ever happened, they return to their normal jobs. Dr. Cain grows attached to a young girl dying of cancer and West is secretly stealing all the best body parts to make his own complete woman using the heart of Cain's dead girlfriend from the first movie.
A nosy Detective interferes and starts poking around as well as delivering the head of long dead Dr. Hill to Dr. Graves, the new Chief Pathologist at Arkham (there sure are loads of Doctors in this film huh?). Graves reanimates the head of Hill but refuses to do his bidding and chucks it in the bucket. A move he will come to regret.
The hokum goes into overdrive for this sequel. There's more atmosphere and more potential to be really scary. It's never fully realized as the film is too blackly funny to be frightening and feels a little limited in scope, being set mostly in only two places. But there's more going on in the climax as all the factions and body parts come together. The allusion to Frankenstein is much more apparent and the Freudian subtext of 2 men creating life without the use of a woman adds a curious depth to the mayhem. I know that the reanimated corpses are supposed to be darkly comic but I find their wild gesticulations and howling to be curiously upsetting.
You could call Bride of Re-Animator lots of negative words like corny, cheesy, dumb etc. But you'd be missing the point. Yes, it's a bit too pulpy to truly echo H.P. Lovecraft's original work, but the numerous zombies, monsters and demons are something I reckon Howard Phillips would love.
Gore fans will really dig the blood and make-up effects. There's loads of gruesomeness and severed limbs and guts spilled all over the place. It's the kind of thing Fangoria magazine would have had an 8-page feature of. Plentiful amounts of puss and nastiness from the KNB Effects Group and Screaming Mad George respectively. There's a lot of splatter in this house.
The Blu-ray is in 1.78:1 1080p from a 2k remaster and looks a million times superior to the old DVD from Tartan Terror that I had many years back. That looked like a broadcast VHS taping transferred to disc but the BD is most certainly the best the film has looked since it was in theatres in 1989. The sound is in clear LCPM 2.0 and there are a few short documentaries as well as behind the scenes footage, a restored trailer, and three commentaries.
A must have for fans of the movie, of Lovecraft, of horror, and of the wonderful Jeffrey Combs.
My only beef with this version, is that the quality is so terrible, it looks like it was ripped from a VHS tape that had seen the rounds from a video rental store for many years.
As I found out, Arrow Video have just released this in a 2K restoration, and for £5 from HMV (at time of this review), you are better off going there to get this movie.
The Aspect ration is in 1.78:1 and the sound is in Stereo 2.0.
Both Blu-ray discs are region free A,B,C, and the DVD is region 0.
English subtitles SDH.
Packaging as ever from Arrow is amazing. It's a beautiful set. Slight gripe on the presentation is the inserted shots from the unrated segments that have been put back in stand out like a sore thumb. Contrasts and colours are so drastically different. I can't blame Arrow though, it's probably the best they could do no doubt.
Now the movie is... quite good, a bit of mess story wise and you have to suspend your disbelief even more than the first movie, but it has some great gore effects and practical effects - as you'd expect. However don't expect Stuart Gordon's re-animator (not in the same class at all as that movie), and you'll enjoy it.
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Run time: 92:00 mins. PAL | Production: 1989
UNNECESSARY RE-ANIMATION OF A CLASSIC.
the previous version was fold out Digi-pak with comic book of the film...Read more