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Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Dean Musset ...
Young Howard 'Howie' Phillips
Dr. Howard Phillips
Bárbara Elorrieta ...
Emily Phillips
Laura Olney
Ángel Plana ...
Kitchen Zombie
Cop 1
Lolo Herrero ...
Sergeant Moncho
Nico Baixas ...
Warden Brando
Joaquín Ortega ...
Officer Falcon
Raquel Gribler ...
Nurse Vanessa


Everyone's favorite mad scientist Herbert West is currently in jail after having state's evidence turned against him by his former assistant, Dan Cain. While being led away, some re-agent falls from his pocket where it is picked up by a young man who was camping nearby. The young man finds Herbert down in his jail cell and learns for himself just what the re-agent is capable of. Written by Sarah

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Rated R for strong graphic violence/gore, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 2003 (Spain)  »

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Cuando la muerte es el principio  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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(Fantasy Film Fest)

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1.66 : 1
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The only installment of the Re-Animator series not filmed in the United States. It was entirely shot in Spain. See more »


When Emily searches the house for the strange noise right before being surprised by her brother, she crosses the living room. A cameraman is visible in the large wall mirror for the entire tracking shot. See more »


Speedball: [to West after being turned into a skeleton after injecting himself with the serum many times] Hey! Got anymore?
Herbert West: I'd say you've had enough.
[Walks off]
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The end credits are accompanied by a fight between a rat and the warden's severed penis. See more »


Follows Re-Animator (1985) See more »


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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blood Red
6 June 2004 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

This third Re-Animator movie delivered what any fan of the series would expect. The formerly dead jitterbug about after receiving a dose of reagent from Herbert West. West again has a love stricken assistant. West's assistant is again in a love triangle with West's would-be nemesis. So, why not pop Re-animator or Bride of Re-animator in if there is nothing new? Good question. Here are some reasons

1- The effects in this film are top notch.

2- Jeffrey Combs again shows his acting chops playing Herbert West.

3- There is a new twist to the re-animation process that shows some promise in `clinical trials'.

There are some really convincing effects throughout the film. Makeup and effects are more than window dressing in a film of this nature. Inadequate attention to either would have dropped the value of this film immediately. You believe that these guys have been dead and now no longer are. They are much more believable than JarJar Binks.

Herbert West is over a decade older in this film. Combs takes this maturity and adds it to the character he molded in the previous efforts. It's obvious that he is the same Dr. West yet it is also obvious that time has added to the character. Even more interesting, at the beginning of the film is a flashback where Combs plays the younger West. It's an opportunity to compare the two portrayals almost side by side. The essence of West remains, the speech pattern, the physicality remain. What Combs added to West's character is a veil to the intensity. What was once a roaring fire is now under control. He is no less determined, just a bit more subdued in expressing it.

The addition to the re-animation process, which I will not discuss in particular, adds another moral dimension to the question of the correctness of bringing back the dead. Although this moral dimension is directly addressed in the film, Medical Ethics 101 it is not. The ethical question is covered briefly and in the context of the fate of West's nemesis. As with all Re-animator activity conducted by West time is valuable and little of it is wasted. Events are happening rapidly and under less than ideal circumstances.

The DVD version has an music video on it, which was a surprise. It also has a `making of' short that should have had about another five or six days of work done to it before including it. It does have interviews with the principle actors and with the director. Have your subtitles turned on, the actors, with two exceptions speak Spanish even during the clips from the movie included in the short.

As any good sequel will, this one leaves open the possibility of yet another Re-animator movie. Hopefully the production quality will continue its improvement. Maybe Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton can be re-animated for the fourth film.

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