BRIDE OF RE- ANIMATOR
Herbert West: not the best
released OUT NOW! 1989 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD ( dual format)
Director Brian Yuzna Cast Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Fabiana Udenio, Claude Earl Jones
This inferior sequel to cult 1985 horror- comedy ReAnimator is the result of the director’s idea to “throw a bowl of pasta at the wall and see what sticks”. So it’s not surprising that it’s a bit of a mess.
Mad Dr Herbert West is still trying to raise the dead, and while this means the special effects department has a riot, with some impressively ghastly creations, we’re left with an underwritten, slapdash film. Most of the cast ham it up more than a pig on a trampoline; the bland Fabiana Udenio, though, is no substitute for the original’s Barbara Crampton.
Extras Over three discs you get the R- rated and unrated versions – almost identical – with three commentaries: one with director Brian Yuzna; one with Yuzna, cast and crew; one with the two leads. There are also featurettes with Yuzna discussing making the film ( 10 minutes) and the special effects crew giving their side ( 15 minutes), two helpings of making of footage ( 40 minutes), deleted scenes ( and discussion/ storyboards of scenes never actually shot) and the trailer. The set also includes a booklet and a reprint of comic book sequel Dawn Of The ReAnimator. Russell Lewin
It often took actress Kathleen Kinmont nine hours to get into her bride makeup, and another two to get out.
Some balladeers get overwrought.