In 1985 director Stuart Gordon directed an adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story into the unique horror film Re-Animator. The film has become a legendary cult classic and four years later Brian Yuzna, who produced the original, took over the directing duties for a sequel reuniting key cast members for another visit with Dr. Herbert West.
After the events of the first film, Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) and Dr. Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) find themselves working as medical volunteers during a civil war in Peru, researching how to reanimate human life using soldiers as guinea pigs. Upon their return to Miskatonic Hospital they are under suspicion from a local police detective investigating the massacre from the first film. But West and Cain have more to worry about when they try to create the perfect woman from various parts of victims and prove once and for all that they can defeat death itself.
It is not easy making a sequel to a horror classic but Yuzna did a great job here of keeping the same humor, gore factor and feel of Gordon’s original film while taking the characters on a new journey with a sort of Bride of Frankenstein-ish storyline that is fun, fast paced and downright hilarious. Of course the highlight of any Re-Animator film is the over the top and brilliant performance of Dr. Herbert West by Jeffrey Combs. Combs is a genre legend and knows the character of West as thoroughly as Anthony Perkins knew Norman Bates. And it is great to see him reunited with the equally hilarious Bruce Abbott as well as the iconic David Gale as the notorious talking head of Dr. Carl Hill. You can’t get much crazier than the Re-Animator films and the fact that Arrow is giving this sequel such a beautiful treatment is a testament to their dedication.
This phenomenal new 3 disc special edition of Bride of Re-Animator features a brand new 2K restoration of the unrated cut of the film that looks fantastic, a brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna, additional commentaries, a look back doc with Yuzna, a feature on the incredible special effects artists, deleted scenes, a DVD version of the film as well as a third disc with a new 2K restoration of the R-Rated version of the film on Blu-ray.
For fans of the Re-Animator series this is an essential new special edition and should be considered the definitive edition. Very highly recommended.