Bride of Re-Animator (1990)
Director: Brian Yuzna
Jeffrey Combs/Herbert West
Bruce Abbott/Dan Cain
Claude Earl Jones/Lt. Leslie Chapham
Fabiana Udenio/Francesca Danelli
West (Combs) and Cain (Abbott) are back and this time Westâ€™s trip du jour is to create new life forms with various human/animal body parts. He also has another idea stirring in his sick little head: assembling a female body and to keep Cain in the gameâ€¦give her Megâ€™s (Cainâ€™s dead girlfriend from the first) heart â€¦some people never change.
Decent sequel that keeps it up with the extreme blood and guts but tones down the laughsâ€¦well just a little bit. Barbara Crampton (from the original) is absent but two hot babes fill the female void: Fabian Udenio and Kathleen Kinmont. Both their cleavages almost compensate for Cramptonâ€™s no show. West is still crazy, Cain is pumped and less innocent (the man worked out since the original) and Dr. Hillâ€™s head (who spent some time at a circus freakshowâ€¦lol)â€¦well, let's just say that Dr. Hill gets his wingsâ€¦funny shite!!!
My main questions are: How did West survive the intestinal attack at the end of the first one? Why does Cain still hang with West when heâ€™s the one that cost him his lost love and of course who the hell upgraded these two yahoos to full fledge doctors after the fiasco they caused in the first one. I know weâ€™re suppose to believe that the cops had no proof against them, but for our two boys to get jobs at the same hospital where the carnage happened in the original is a tad far fetched. But hey, this is horror so those questions can kiss my corpse. The addition of a nosy cop with a personal grudge against West is a tad tiresome (also the fact that he keeps on entering Westâ€™s house with no warrant), the acting is a bit more "serious" and I didnâ€™t buy Dr Hillâ€™s mind control over the zombies.
The film is not as fun as the original but is still worthwhile thanks to many grotesques West creations, homages to "Bride Of Frankenstein", a nifty cat fight (chicks fighting not the animal) and a gore filled, freakshow finale. The dead live againâ€¦.
Lots of kool stop motion stuff. (my fav being an eyeball with fingers), gory surgery bits and more severed bloody limbs than you could find in my basement.
Jeffrey Combs does it again. Heâ€™s still nuts, still hams it up and heâ€™s still fun. Bruce Abbott plays Cain in a slightly different wayâ€¦this time around heâ€™s a bit more disturbed and bit more dark (no shit after all heâ€™s been through). Fabiana Udenio is a sizzling babe but her character is one dumb broad. Kathleen Kinmont doesnâ€™t have much to do but look sick or look grotesqueâ€¦she does well with what she has to do. David Galeâ€™s head shows up again and it flies! Funâ€¦ny.
T & A
A Fabiana Udenio tit and some Kinmont jugs. The ladies get a muscled Abbott.
Lots of wild lighting, a quick pace, some kool angles, the film is very colorful and very interesting on a visual level.
That same Psycho theme rip off from the original.
A worthy follow up thatâ€™s less tongue in cheek but equally gruesome. I for one am looking forward to Westâ€™s and Cainâ€™s next plasma drenched adventure. Bring on "Beyond Re-Animator"!!!!
This one cost $2.9 million dollars to make.