Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

Posted: June 25, 2012 in Movie Review
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Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

Directed By: Brian Yuzna

Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Jason Barry, Simon Andreu, Elsa Pataky, Santiago Segura

Subgenre: Science Fiction, Zombies

Beyond Reanimator

Synopsis: Dr Herbert West is in prison for his role in the Miskatonic Massacre but manages to find time to continue his experiments.

Thoughts: The third installment of the Re-Animator series finds Herbert West locked in prison for the past 13 years for his role in the Miskatonic Massacre. During this time he has been conducting experiments on rats, perfecting the reanimation process and discovering a new component in bringing the dead back to life, Nano-Plasmic Energy. This allows the recently dead to recover their memories and act more like normal humans.

West is joined by a new prison doctor, who we quickly learn was a young boy when his sister was killed by one of West’s zombies. He made his way to the prison to work with West. There is the normal love interest (a reporter) and villains (the warden, a security guard, and a rat loving prisoner) and the story isn’t really anything special. The movie actually premiered on the Sci-Fi channel, although butchered to a PG rating. The DVD release is rated R, but there are some unrated cuts to be found as well.  

I actually enjoyed Beyond more so than I did Bride. I thought Combs played a better West here, a little more reserved and I didn’t miss Bruce Abbott (Dr. Cain) at all. Beyond gave Jeffrey Combs the chance to really let the warped Dr. West shine.  The rest of the cast acts as filler for West’s antics, but do their jobs.  I thought Andreu was particularly interesting as the sadistic warden, and he filled Dr. Hill’s shoes nicely.

Enjoy Beyond Re-Animator but watch out for a cringe worthy amputation (sort-of) towards the end of the movie and the hilarity that ensues.

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