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          It's been eight months since the Miskatonic Massacre stained the halls with blood - and Dr. West and Dr. Cain's experiments have taken a bizarre turn. Now they have gone beyond re-animating the dead... into the realm of creating new life. The legs of a hooker and the womb of a virgin are joined to the heart of Dr. Cain's dead girlfriend - and the bride is unleashed upon her mate in a climax of sensual horror.

"I have taken refuge of your gods failures and I have triumphed!"
                   - Herbert West

          Re-Animator is probably the greatest cult classic horror/comedy ever made. It simply outdoes every other horror comedy because it understands the basic rule of horror films... too much comedy turns the film to garbage. There are countless horror films that blatantly stick humor in with very bad results. Either the horror becomes nonexistent or the whole picture looks like one really bad comedy. Re-Animator is a perfect example of a film that masterfully mixes comedy and horror, hence making it one of the greatest film ever made.
          Which brings us to the long awaited sequel... Bride of Re-Animator! Of course, taking the above into account, you don't need two guesses to figure out that this film will probably get mixed results. Sequels usually lack the originality of their predecessors and sequels to highly impressive films are usually worse. However... Bride of Re-Animator is a pleasant surprise for fans of Re-Animator... but only if you look at the film a certain way.

        Bride of Re-Animator takes place 8 months after the first film finished. Miskatonic University has never been the same since the famous "massacre" and our two favorite mad scientists, Herbert West and Dan Cain, are still experimenting on dead bodies. However... there has been a new element added to the mix. Instead of just re-animating bodies, West and Cain now experiment with body parts, and conspire to create the perfect human being.

          Of course, the film can't really be compared to Re-Animator... that film was a landmark of cinema. However, viewers will find a lot to be happy about in this great movie. First off, the story is much more complex. There are plenty of different subplots occurring at the same time. The special effects are actually more graphic and impressive than the first film. The acting is equally inspired. 

          The comedy is dark and morbid, and there is much more of it, but this is part of the real reason why some fans hate this film. The comedy does feel a little forced at places, instead of the subliminal humor that was so hilarious in the original. However, this comedy is often very hilarious and basically elevates the film to the point of it being sheer camp. That being said, the film is great fun to watch and it's obvious that the filmmakers were having a blast making this film.

          Taking all that into consideration, Bride of Re-Animator remains a stand-out in the sequel parade. With it's great mix of extremely gruesome violence, high camp value, and familiar story line, Bride of Re-Animator is a must buy for fans of the original.

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          - The opening sequence originally involved a carnival sequence where Dr. Hill's head is part of a sideshow (paying reference to a line of Jeffrey Combs in the previous film, where he told Hill to get a job in a sideshow).

          - At one point Dr. West suggests that the noises coming from his laboratory wall are just "probably rats in the wall". This is a reference to one of H.P. Lovecraft's better known stories "Rats In The Wall".

          - The opening scene which is set in Peru, South America was actually shot in San Diego, California.

          - Jeffrey Combs' father-in-law (a chemistry professor) created Herbert's bubbling chemistry lab.

          - The chemical used for the reagent is actually luminal... a forensic chemical used for finding blood after is has been removed from a crime scene.

          - Released September 8, 1990.

          - Scenes where Dan gets to know Francesca were cut since they didn't really add anything to the plot. Curse that characterization, it's a killer.

          - The word "cemetery" is misspelled "cemetary" on the outside entrance wall.




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