Bride of Re-Animator (1989) Movie Review

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Bride of Re-Animator (1989)

1989 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Comedy
96 minutes / 1h 36min

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Bride of Re-Animator Plot Synopsis:

In Peru, Dr. Herbert West and Dr. Dan Cain are medical volunteers in a civil war with the assistant Francesca Danelli and they are researching how to create human life from dead tissue using wounded soldiers as guinea pigs. They return to Miskatonic Hospital and Dan treats a terminal patient, Gloria, and gets close to her. When the snoopy Lt. Leslie Chapham investigates the Miskatonic Massacre, he learns that body parts are missing in the morgue, and Herbert and Dan become his prime suspects. But Herbert kills the lieutenant and revives him with the serum. Meanwhile, Dr. Graves finds the head of Dr. Carl Hill and the green substance that the deceased doctor stole from Herbert, and uses the serum to resurrect Dr. Hill's head. When Gloria dies, Herbert and Dan use her head, with Meg's heart and parts of other women to create the perfect woman. But Lt. Chapham teams up with Dr. Hill to seek revenge against the crazy scientists.

Bride of Re-Animator (1989) Review

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.

  • Bride of Re-Animator Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.93
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.4

About Bride of Re-Animator 1989

Title: Bride of Re-Animator
Year: 1989
Runtime: 96 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.96/5 stars from 11,412 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11,412
MPAA Rating: R
Bride of Re-Animator Cast Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Noble Craig, Johnny Legend, Charles Schneider, Irene Cagen, Bruce Abbott, David Gale, Kathleen Kinmont, Rebeca Scott, Jay Evans, Fabian Alomar, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, Mel Stewart, Michael Strasser, Mary Sheldon, Marge Turner, David Bynum, Kim Parker
Bride of Re-Animator Writers: Rick Fry, Woody Keith, H.P. Lovecraft
Bride of Re-Animator Director: Brian Yuzna
Production: LionsGate Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA