Run time: 96 mins
In Theaters: Sunday 8th July 1990
Distributed by: LionsGate Entertainment
Production compaines: Wild Street Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 47%
Fresh: 7 Rotten: 8
IMDB: 6.2 / 10
Director: Brian Yuzna
Producer: Brian Yuzna
Starring: Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Herbert West, Bruce Abbott as Dr. Dan Cain, Claude Earl Jones as Lt. Leslie Chapham, Fabiana Udenio as Francesca Danelli, David Gale as Doctor Carl Hill, Kathleen Kinmont as Gloria, Mel Stewart as Dr. Graves, Irene Forrest as Nurse Shelley, Michael Strasser as Ernest, Mary Sheldon as Meg Halsey
This update/retelling of the Frankenstein story is every bit as cheesy as the original tale, but much of the geeky humor that made the original Re-Animator such a classic is sorely lacking here. The film is just a continuation of the story of Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) as he works on his green serum that can reanimate dead tissue. Naturally, as the body count rises, it shrinks in lockstep.
The story, to earn its title, focuses on the resurrection of the ex-girlfriend of Herbert's roommate, Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) -- though, er, doesn't that make it Bride of Re-Animator's Roommate? I guess that doesn't roll off the tongue. Of course, the experiment doesn't go so smashingly (when has any Frankenstein story gone well?) and cops and doctors all end up in a gore-infused mass of flesh. Dr. Hill's disembodied head makes a repeat performance here as well, to excellent effect, as he ends up with a pair of bat wings attached to his ears.
Silly, sure, and though it's totally oozing blood, it's not particularly scary. It's watchable, espcecially when Fabiana Udenio (you know her as the exchange student from Summer School) is on camera, proving herself a truly underrated scream queen.