Beyond Re-Animator (2003)
Director: Brian Yuzna
Main Stars: Jeffery Combs, Tommy Dean Musset, Jason Barry, Elsa Pataky
Storyline: Hebert West is back from jail and now works as an assistant as he continues with his experiments of bringing the dead back to life.
Review (Spoils): Crazy Hebert West (Jeffery Combs) has been serving 15 years in prison for his crimes in the past films. While there he was continuing his mad experiments on rats bringing them back to life while a prison MD named Dr. Howard Philips (Jason Barry) asks him to become his new assistant. Howard falls in love with a young journalist named Laura (Elsa Pataky ) and while this is continuing as usually West’s experiments go out of control.
Bring on the gore yet again for this one in the series. The Re-Animator series has never lacked on the blood, gore and zombie stuff and like the others it has lots of humour and does not take itself serious. Jeffery Combs yet again impresses as his by far best character in his horror career and the special effects are actually real good for the budget they had. Brian Yuzna did a great job with this film and it reminds me a bit of Peter Jackson’s Dead/Alive which is a great thing.
Rating: When you have a rat-fighting-penis scene then you know you have accomplished something in horror. It is great to see Hebert West back on the screen as this is one of the best when it comes to horror series. Plus we have hottie Elsa Pataky!! So let’s drink to that crazy Hebert West!!!
Bride of the Re-animator (1989)
Director: Brian Yuzna
Main Stars: Jeffery Combs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, Kathleen Kinmont
Storyline: Dr. Herbert West is back and this time he wants to create the perfect woman from dead tissue.
Review (Spoils): Dr. Herbert West (Jeffery Combs) and Dr.Cain (Bruce Abbott) are working on creating life from dead tissue by using tissue from wounded soldiers. Lt. Leslie Chapham (Claude Earl Jones) figures out something is up when body parts start going missing. During which Dr.West gets rid of the snoopy Chapman and brings him back with the serum. This leads to Gloria’s death, they use her head and the heart of Meg (Kathleen Kinmont) and other parts of women to make the new type of woman that represents his past girlfriend.
This is a great sequel to awesome film. Lots of gore and blood and fun just like the first film. Once again Jeffery Combs does an awesome job as the mad doctor and even are even graced by the beautiful Fabiana Udenio. This film did remind me of the classic Frankenhooker but yet better.
Rating: Another Re-animator classic film for the series. Not as great as the first film but I love the way the horror and the comedy mend together to make a classic series. Drink up for the bride!
Director: Stuart Gordon
Main Stars: Jeffery Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
Storyline: A medical student and his girlfriend become involved in an experiment that involves bring the dead back to life.
Review (Spoils): Herbert West (Jeffery Combs) is a mad scientist who is working on a formula that can bring the dead back to life. Unfortunately he has not mastered the glowing formula. He rents a room from another student named Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) and drags him into his madness. In this they re-animate a dead cat, multiple dead people during a testing result, zombie mania, zombie bodies holding talking heads and even moving body parts. Oh and the dean’s daughter Barbara (Barbara Crampton) is involved as Dan is dating her in secret.
This movie is very entertaining and it is always fun to come back too. The gore is there, the comedy is there and the storyline is a zombie version of Frankenstein. Jeffery Combs is a great actor and becomes a memorable horror character of Herbert West and hats off to him for his skills in this film and thanks to Stuart Gordon for creating such a fun series.
Rating: If you’re a horror fan and you like a side of comedy with it…this is a must see. I place this film right up there with Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive. This is zombie fun at its best and this is beginning of the demented mind of Herbert West. Got to love the dead cat scene!!! Bring on the beers for this one and add some green glowing food colouring for more fun!