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Overall Rating
4.06

Awesome: 34.38%
Worth A Look50%
Average: 3.13%
Pretty Bad: 12.5%
Total Crap: 0%

2 reviews, 20 user ratings


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Beyond Re-Animator
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by Randy Muselman

"It's blood, guts, gore and fun, but what else did you expect?"
4 stars

Ahhh, the cult classic. When you love horror movies as much as I do, then you simply must see Beyond Re-Animator. It has everything a great horror/slasher movie has to have. Yeah, it's silly, but then who cares? This film makes no bones about it. It doesn't go for drama, mystery, or action. Pass the potion please, it's time to have some fun.

Our old buddy Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) has finally gone to prison for his past crimes. All of his gory work had to catch up to him sometime. But does that stop our old buddy from continuing his gruesome experiments? Hell no! And so our movie unfolds.

Witnessing his sister die to a gruesome zombie years ago, Howard (Jason Barry) heads to medical school to get his degree. You see, he doesn't want to be quite so helpless the next time a close family member croaks to the un-dead.

Now 13 years later, Howard begins work at the very prison that our old pal Herbert West is incarcerated in. Coincidence? I think not. Together the two conspire to bring back the dead, this time with an additional procedure to stabilize the re-animation process. Does it work? We'll let you decide for yourself once you see this film.

Keep in mind folks, this movie isn't meant to be good in an academy awards, acting, sort of way. It's meant to be fun, as it should be. If you haven't seen the original Re-Animator then you should prior to picking this one up to own or rent. It will certainly help you with the background as to how this series of films has developed. While you can see this film as a stand alone, it'll take all the fun out of it. The prior films establish the character.

Is this a slasher film? Hell yes! It's got gore, violence, gallons and gallons of blood. Not to mention the gratuitous nudity that all these types of films rely on. The best part is the comedy that you see tossed in all through the film.

Screaming Mad George has done it again with the gory effects. That guy is crazy, but ya gotta love him.

For fans of the series, you won't want to miss Beyond Re-Animator. It's destined to become another cult classic. If you tend to watch horror films for the sheer terror, this isn't the film for you. If you want to have an evening of fun, then grab some friends, turn down the lights and shove this baby in your DVD player.

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originally posted: 12/27/03 14:05:33
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Philadelphia Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Philadelphia Film Festival series, click here.
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User Comments

9/13/13 Rosie Awesome - This was a fantastic movie and had a good plotline totally love Dr West ♡ 5 stars
2/03/07 Charles Tatum Not all that bad! 4 stars
12/30/05 Reverse_Bear-TRAP 3RD INSTANT CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/02/04 MorallySound In my opinion, the best of the Re-Animator series! One helluva good gore-omedy! Awesome! 5 stars
6/11/04 Mark Louis Baumgart What a blast. Check out the kung-fu fight between the rat and the dismembered penis. 5 stars
3/04/04 Decha Not so scary yet enjoyable 4 stars
1/22/04 Jimmy Jiggetts This film is perfect! Combs/West is THE BEST! Watch the end credits for a real HOWL! 5 stars
1/12/04 Charlie It was great. It fulfilled expectations. Combs and Yuzna are terrific. 5 stars
1/03/04 SethroTull Horrible Acting/Nice Gore/Amusing Rat v Severed Penis Battle 3 stars
12/27/03 ^ZuLu^ Beyond any budget and stupidity - boring but violent. No classic. 2 stars
11/04/03 American Slasher Goddess Combs as usual is good, but everything else is pretty much disappointing. 2 stars
11/01/03 champ brutal and cheap prison slasher, none of the originals retro atmosphere. 2 stars
10/17/03 Florian Rather disappoining, except Combs idiotic actors, parts 1 and 2 much more fun 2 stars
10/12/03 Gary GREAT 5 stars
10/05/03 John not bad, a little silly 4 stars
10/04/03 Joe Mama It Fights! 5 stars
9/02/03 . Very good 5 stars
8/03/03 Sauron I can't say how much I enjoyed this movie. 5 stars
5/16/03 joe biedron fun movie 4 stars
4/28/03 r.guerrero Paez herbert west at its best 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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