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Bride of Re-Animator (1989)

 -  Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  8 July 1990 (UK)
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Doctors Herbert West and Dan Cain discover the secret to creating human life and proceed to create a perfect woman from dead tissue.

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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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A few years earlier Kathleen Kinmont (Gloria) was in Fraternity Vacation in which she did the infamous scene with Barbara Crampton (Meg in Re-Animator). See more »

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Dr. Herbert West: [to Hill's head] You're a dead... head!... and a no... body!
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there's a bit of bridal tension
4 December 2009 | by (Oegstgeest) – See all my reviews

How did these boys get jobs at the hospital? Just how many deaths do you have to cause in Arkum to mess up your resume? Bride of Re-Animator isn't as good as the first, but it has the same feeling, the same dark humor. It owes as much to Bride of Frankenstein as it does to Re-Animator, and that's pretty good parentage. Jeffrey Combs is once again the standout followed by some wonderful monsters (four fingers, a thumb, and an eye wired together would make a pretty good pet)."My God! They're using tools!" With one line, Jeffrey Combs sweeps in and rescues this whole movie. Okay, Combs has all the good lines, and without him, this would be a sad little sequel. Bruce Abbott still can't act, Udenio (who made her debut in Passion Flower Hotel) is no Babs Crampton, and even David Gale's talents are underused, since we only get to see him from the neck up - though I was amused to see where his character went, given Herbert West's comment in the original film. Plotwise, no attempt is made to explain how Dr West (Combs) escaped in the original movie; we first see him and reluctant partner Cain (Abbott) in a Peruvian civil war, for no readily apparent reason. Soon, they're back in the US of A, continuing their experiments while a local cop, investigating the "Miskatonic Massacre", closes in.

Far too obviously, this aims for Bride of Frankenstein, but watching West wax lyrical as he flies into delusions of god-hood covers a great deal of weakness. The effects are nicely done too, though the idea they can now re-animate anything, is only used to a fraction of its potential. Their integration into the storyline...well, they aren't. Everything moves in a herky-jerky fashion towards an impressively excessive climax, largely failing to build upon the original, or even re-invent it, and even Danny Elfman's songs seem like they were tossed off over a wet weekend. However, no film can be entirely condemned with speeches such as, "The only blasphemy is to wallow in in-SIG-nif-i-cance!", uttered by a B-master like Combs.


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