Bride of Re-Animator (1990)

Posted: June 24, 2012 in Movie Review
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Bride of Re-Animator (1990)

Directed By: Brian Yuzna

Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, David Gale, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, Kathleen Kinmont, Mel Stewart

Subgenre: Science Fiction, Zombies

Bride of Reanimator

Synopsis: The good doctors are back, continuing their research into bringing the recently dead back to life.

Thoughts: In this sequel to the cult classic Re-Animator, Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott reprise their roles as Dr. Herbert West and Dr. Dan Cain.  The doctors find themselves in Central America in the middle of a civil war, a great place to continue their research on the reanimation reagent.  After things get a little too hot to handle, they return back to the scene of the first movie Miskatonic University.

In my opinion, one of the keys to making the first movie so great was the cast. Combs is great as always, but not having Barbara Crampton hurt the movie.  Fabiano Udenio is an amazing piece of eye candy, but lacked the same presence as Crampton in the first film.  I found Claude Earl Jones’ portrayal of the unhinged police detective to be too far over the top as well.

Much like his friend Stuart Gordon, Director Brian Yuzna is an admitted H.P. Lovecraft fan, and has also been involved in several Lovecraft adaptations.  He wrote From Beyond and produced the original Re-Animator, as well as directing its two sequels.  Yuzna has an obvious flare for the horror genre but has failed to give us a movie that grants him Master of Horror status.  Bride of Re-Animator may very well be his best movie, but that’s not saying much as it is competing with the likes of Silent Night, Deadly Night 4, Return of the Living Dead 3, and The Dentist.

I loved the premise of Bride, with West assembling body parts to build a bride for Cain.  The fact that it paid homage to one of my all-time favorite movies in Bride of Frankenstein also helped a ton.  Unfortunatly, Bride of Re-Animator took some of the gags too far.  The absurdity of some of the reanimations failed at being funny or frightening, and took away from the movie. 

That being said, I still had fun with Bride of Re-Animator.  If you liked the first one, chances are you’ll like this one.  It lacks some of the polish of the first movie and is more ham fisted in its approach, but Jeffrey Combs brings enough to the table to make this entertaining.

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