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Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

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 ... See full summary »

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Brian Yuzna

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Xavier Berraondo (script collaborator), José Manuel Gómez (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Combs ... Dr. Herbert West
Tommy Dean Musset Tommy Dean Musset ... Young Howard 'Howie' Phillips
Jason Barry ... Dr. Howard Phillips
Bárbara Elorrieta Bárbara Elorrieta ... Emily Phillips
Elsa Pataky ... Laura Olney
Ángel Plana Ángel Plana ... Kitchen Zombie
Javier Sandoval ... Cop 1
Santiago Segura ... Speedball
Lolo Herrero Lolo Herrero ... Sergeant Moncho
Enrique Arce ... Cabrera
Nico Baixas Nico Baixas ... Moses
Simón Andreu ... Warden Brando
Joaquín Ortega ... Officer Falcon
Raquel Gribler Raquel Gribler ... Nurse Vanessa
Daniel Ortiz ... Winni
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Storyline

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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Inject life into the dead See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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

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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando la muerte es el principio See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€138,307 (Spain), 27 July 2003, Limited Release
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Runtime:

(Fantasy Film Fest)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

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When Laura and Howard are making love near a mirror, you can briefly see the reflection of a hand on the lower right side of the mirror. It makes a quick movement which looks like a "go ahead fast" sign. See more »

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Howard Phillips: In movies they call this the death house, but you guys wouldn't call it that. What do you call it?
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The end credits are accompanied by a fight between a rat and the warden's severed penis. See more »

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This is not Re-Animator, it's BEYOND Re-Animator (but is that really a good thing?)
23 March 2004 | by MercurioKnightSee all my reviews

I think they had the right idea. The basic concept for me had potential. This special element representing 'the soul', energy that could be used to revive someone back to normal once re-animated. Having to kill one source to bring back another has a nice twist to it.

The opening and closing of the film was cool (with the intro of West and him walking away into the mist). I could deal with the new protege, Howard, or whatever his name is, though I would have rather he used his native accent to give the film some more flavour. (but having Dan Cain back would have been so much better)

My first biggest problem with the film comes from what they do with the basic concept. To me, they never fully realized it. I kept waiting for everything to go to the next level... especially when the riot broke out, I was hoping they'd take the massacre at the end of the first movie and just let loose. That never happened. Instead, they opted for a couple truly idiotic moments and what at the end of the day felt like a stale re-mix of elements from the first and second. I didn't want to see reflective moments from the first, though that might have been fine in a better movie... nor of Bride. I wanted something taken to a new level, much like Bride did after the original.

They had the concept. They had the setting. And I believe that Brian Yuzna can still direct a decent movie had he a good script and cast to work with. More and more, I wish they could have convinced Stuart Gordon to come back and take his rightful place as director of Beyond Re-Animator. I loved Dagon, very much showing he's still got it (not to mention the fact I love Re-Animator and enjoy From Beyond), and I could only imagine what he could have done with Beyond Re-Animator.

I think the script is the biggest fault of the film. Performances or the direction of those performances is next. The only truly golden character in the film is obviously Herbert West, with Jeffry Combs doing a wonderful job given the material he has to work with. I would rather they focused more on West than the silly little romance between Howard and that reporter (with an annoying voice recorded, which I believe must be because of bad dubbing to hide a thick accent. And if it wasn't dubbing, please dear god go back in time and cast someone else). The reporter subplots would have been better written out than to have to sit through them again. The only part I could get behind with that whole mess was at the end, when Howard had lost it and he was going back and forth calling out Emily (his sister) and Laura, the reporter, mixing the two up in his head, and just before that cradling her head in his hands. From that point on, the film was back on target... exactly as it should of been all along. Too bad there was only a couple minutes left in the film.

Don't get me started about the final Rat shadow sequence.

All I have to say in regards to the Warden was that he was no Dr Hill.

Overall, I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth. A disappointment. At the back of my mind, there was a hope that it'd be at least on the level of Bride. Not great, but a decent Re-Animator fix. The final result is anything but.


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