Her­bert West: not the best

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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.

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