Andrew reviews the disappointing sequel to Re-Animator.
|Mmmmm. I can't wait to snort this crap.|
Stuart Gordon's 1985 cult horror comedy take on H.P. Lovecraft's Herbert West-Reanimator starring Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott and David Gale was an unrated theatrical tongue-in-cheek smash hit spoken of the same breath as Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II. A goofball mixture of cartoonishly colorful gore, sharply drawn characters and gallows humor, the low budget yarn about reanimating dead body parts which aren't too pleased about being brought back from their infinite sleep is one of the best B movies of the 1980s and an enduring cult classic. The film was produced by Brian Yuzna who himself took on the task of directing with his 1989 gross out black comedy Society. After taking over production from Stuart Gordon, what would soon become Brian Yuzna's second feature became the highly anticipated and ultimately disappointing sequel to Gordon's cult favorite, Bride of Re-Animator. In short, Stuart Gordon's team which spent years of planning the first Re-Animator were junked in favor of Yuzna's team of writers, Rick Fry and Woody Keith from Society, in a screenplay that was whipped together quickly. The result is a less than funny romp that's more about the gore than the ideas, faithfulness to the characters and for all the unrated moments which stick out like a sore thumb due to image quality differences indicating every MPAA trim requested, this never once comes close to the transgressive jolt the first film gave with a vengeance. Where the first one was undeniably memorable for it's perverse and twisted sense of humor, Bride of Re-Animator is something of a disengaging slog that will travel in one ear and out the other before being forgotten.
|What are you looking at, bitch?|
|Eat my own heart out!|
It's kind of a dull stillborn which hastily rehashes tropes from the first film without knowing what made them so funny in the first place. Yes Arrow Video's blu-ray set outdoes itself in terms of extras and jacket design, but if the film in question ultimately eludes a bona fide fan of the original, what's the point?
- Andrew Kotwicki