Bride of Re-Animator (1989) is an American science fiction horror comedy movie that is the sequel to Re-Animator (1985) and is followed by Beyond Re-Animator (2003). Brian Yuzna (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Beyond Re-Animator (2003), Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)) did a fantastic job executing this movie into being a wonderful treat with great visuals. This film is a great sequel to Re-Animator (1985) and is a cult classic that exceeds my expectations. The film contains nudity, sexual scene, comedy, gore, disturbing and grotesque images, gruesome medical experiments, violence, and suspense. The actors all did a great job with their roles, and their performances could not have been any better. The special effects and sound was fantastic as well as the set and visual appeal. The atmosphere of the movie won my attention as the atmosphere flowed well with the dialogue and scenes.
Doctors Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs - Re-Animator (1985), The Frighteners (1996), From Beyond (1986), Transformers Prime (2010)) and Dan are medics in the Peruvian civil war. They are researching how to use dead human tissues to recreate human life. Herbert can experiment with his re-animation reagent with all of the casualties/injured soldiers around him. Herbert and Dan (Bruce Abbott - Re-Animator (1985), Dark Justice (1991), Bad Dreams (1988)) soon after return to Arkham, Massachusetts where they resume their jobs as doctors at the Miskatonic University Hospital. Herbert continued to use body parts from the hospital’s morgue and from the next door cemetery because he wants to create a living person from dead body parts. Herbert received Dan’s help in his re-animation experiment by promising him to re-animate Dan’s fiancée Megan Halsey (Mary Sheldon - Finding North (1998), The Young and the Restless (1973), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)) by using her heart.
Lieutenant Leslie Chapham (Claude Earl Jones - Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981), Miracle Mile (1988), Evilspeak (1981)) is suspicious of Herbert and Dan because they were the only two that were not unaffected by the Miskatonic Massacre and he thinks that Herbert and Dan are responsible. Leslie paid Herbert an unexpected visit and found his lab filled with dead body parts leading the two to get into an argument. Herbert eventually wins and re-animates Leslie, who then leaves the lab in a violent manner. Dan gets emotionally close to Gloria (Kathleen Kinmont - Renegade (1992), Santa Barbara (1984), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)) who is his terminal patient. Gloria dies, and Herbert uses her head for his re-animated body along with Megan’s heart that results in a chaotic body.
Horror fans should give this movie a try although it is not as good as Re-Animator (1985) but it had enough content to make it a spectacular watch. The film carries a similar subject line to Re-Animator (1985) but it had enough to stand out from the previous installment. I greatly enjoyed the movie and everything it has to offer and look forward to seeing the movie following this one in its series.
About Bride of Re-Animator (1989)
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Noble Craig, Charles Schneider, Johnny Legend, Irene Cagen, Bruce Abbott, David Gale, Kathleen Kinmont, David Bynum, Kim Parker, Rebeca Scott, Jay Evans, Fabian Alomar, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, Mel Stewart, Michael Strasser, Mary Sheldon, Marge Turner
Director: Brian Yuzna