History Film / ReAnimator

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Naturally also spawned official sequels. The first was ''Bride of Re-Animator'' (1990), directed by Creator/BrianYuzna (a frequent collaborator of Stuart Gordon who was a producer on the first film). Dan, growing uncomfortable with Herbert's experiments, decides that he will move out of the house that he and Herbert share. To convince him to stay, Herbert takes the heart of Dan's deceased girlfriend Meg and offers to create a body for it. Subplots include the return of Dr. Hill and a detective investigating the massacre at the end of the first movie.

The second sequel was ''Beyond Re-Animator'' (2003), also directed by Yuzna. Herbert West has been in prison for thirteen years after one of his test subjects killed a teenaged girl and Dan Cain testified against him. The prison has a new doctor, Howard Phillips, who has West help him in the infirmary. Howard is revealed to be the younger brother of the girl who was killed by West's test subject. He helps West continue his experiments in the hope that what happened to his sister will never happen to anyone else again. West experiments with nanoplasmic energy, which can be taken from a living person and put into a reanimated person, restoring rational behavior. It works. Sort of.

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Naturally also spawned official sequels. The first sequels: First was ''Bride of Re-Animator'' ''Film/BrideOfReAnimator'' (1990), directed by Creator/BrianYuzna (a frequent collaborator of Stuart Gordon who was a producer on the first film). Dan, growing uncomfortable with Herbert's experiments, decides that he will move out of the house that he film) and Herbert share. To convince him to stay, Herbert takes the heart of Dan's deceased girlfriend Meg and offers to create a body for it. Subplots include the return of Dr. Hill and a detective investigating the massacre at the end of the first movie.

The second sequel was ''Beyond Re-Animator''
''Film/BeyondReAnimator'' (2003), also directed by Yuzna. Herbert West has been in prison for thirteen years after one of his test subjects killed a teenaged girl and Dan Cain testified against him. The prison has a new doctor, Howard Phillips, who has West help him in the infirmary. Howard is revealed to be the younger brother of the girl who was killed by West's test subject. He helps West continue his experiments in the hope that what happened to his sister will never happen to anyone else again. West experiments with nanoplasmic energy, which can be taken from a living person and put into a reanimated person, restoring rational behavior. It works. Sort of.
Yuzna.



!!The films provide examples of:

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* AncientTomb: The crypt Herbert and Dan's basement shares a wall with in Bride.
* AndShowItToYou:
** [[spoiler: The Bride does this to ''herself''.]]
** Dr. West's diagnosis: "Tissue rejection."



* AntiHero / AntiVillain: West. He does really nasty, dreadful stuff, and the well being of his "friends" is an afterthought for him, but all in the name of science, and he never kills anyone unless it's in self-defense or the person deserved it. He also seems to genuinely have a fondness for Dan, even calling the Re-Agent in ''Bride'' "our Re-Agent", feeding heavily into the HoYay between the two.



* ArchEnemy: Dr. Hill to West.

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* ArchEnemy: Dr. Hill to West.West, which carries on to the sequel when he is brought back to life.



* BatOutOfHell
* BeatStillMyHeart



* BloodyHandPrint



* BodybagTrick: Dan smuggles West into the morgue to do re-animation experiments with this trick.



* CanonDiscontinuity: In the first film, Dr. Hill's head is crushed by Dean Halsey. However, in the second film, it shows up intact and gets reanimated again.

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* CanonDiscontinuity: In the first film, Dr. [[spoiler:Dr. Hill's head is crushed by the reanimated Dean Halsey. Halsey at the end. However, in the second film, it shows up intact and gets reanimated again.again]].



* CatScare: Memorably.

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* %%* CatScare: Memorably.Memorably.
* CigarChomper: Mace, the morgue guard, is always chewing on a cigar.
* ComicbookAdaptation: In 1991, Malibu Comics released a three-issue adaptation of the film, and later followed it with the {{Prequel}} miniseries ''Dawn of the Re-Animator''.



* CradlingYourKill
* CreepyBasement
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: After dying and being reanimated, a prison guard in ''Beyond'' keeps saying "Dubious" after a confrontation with West in which he hears the word but doesn't understand it. When West impersonates Dr. Phillips to escape the prison, he passes the guard who says to no one in particular "Dubious? Dubious."

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* CradlingYourKill
* CreepyBasement
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: After dying and being reanimated, a prison guard in ''Beyond'' keeps saying "Dubious" after a confrontation with West in which he hears the word but doesn't understand it. When West impersonates Dr. Phillips to escape the prison, he passes the guard who says to no one in particular "Dubious? Dubious."
%%* CreepyBasement



* DangerousWindows

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* %%* DangerousWindows



** After Dan starts flirting with Francesca:
-->''"Don't let the [[SomethingElseAlsoRises little head]] rule the big head, Dan!"''
* DramaticThunder: Begs for attention during the finale of the second film.
* DulcineaEffect: In ''Beyond Re-Animator''. Dr. Phillips stops to help Laura, who has a twisted ankle, ''before'' helping a guard who had a chunk of his arm ripped out by one of West's zombies.
* {{Expy}}: Several of the characters in ''Beyond''. Dr. Phillips, West's new assistant, is Dan Cain, an idealistic young doctor who hopes West's work can be used to save lives. Laura, Dr. Phillips' love interest who [[spoiler: gets killed and reanimated]] is Meg Halsey. The Warden, a lustful man obsessed with Laura who wants to steal West's reagent, is an expy for Dr. Hill.
* EyeScream:
** Doctor Gruber.
** The junkie in ''Beyond''.

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** After Dan starts flirting with Francesca:
-->''"Don't let the [[SomethingElseAlsoRises little head]] rule the big head, Dan!"''
* DramaticThunder: Begs for attention during the finale of the second film.
* DulcineaEffect: In ''Beyond Re-Animator''. Dr. Phillips stops to help Laura, who has a twisted ankle, ''before'' helping a guard who had a chunk of his arm ripped out by one of West's zombies.
* {{Expy}}: Several of the characters in ''Beyond''. Dr. Phillips, West's new assistant, is Dan Cain, an idealistic young doctor who hopes West's work can be used to save lives. Laura, Dr. Phillips' love interest who [[spoiler: gets killed and reanimated]] is Meg Halsey. The Warden, a lustful man obsessed with Laura who wants to steal West's reagent, is an expy for Dr. Hill.
* EyeScream:
**
EyeScream: Doctor Gruber.
** The junkie
Gruber in ''Beyond''.the intro has his eyes squished out.



* {{Fanservice}}: Lots.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Dan's Music/TalkingHeads poster in the first film.
** Also in the first film, the opening scene where Dan fails to resuscitate a dead patient and is told by one of his peers that he needs to know when to quit. [[spoiler: He's faced with the the same scenario at the very end- this time the dead person his own girlfriend, making it much more personal- and becomes so desperate not to lose her that it drives him to use West's reagent on her.]]
* ForgetsToEat: In the first movie, Meg points out that Dan has never seen Herbert eat or sleep. In a deleted scene, it's implied that West injects a diluted version of his Reagent instead.
* ForScience: Herbert West is ''[[IncrediblyLamePun dead]]'' [[SeriousBusiness serious]] about his dedication to this trope. He has no motivation for any of his experiments beyond his need to '''know'''. He's not interested in fame, money, helping others, or even immortality. He just wants to go past the mysteries of life and death. As far as he's concerned, any other thing is superfluous.
* FullFrontalAssault: Most of the re-animated.

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* %%* {{Fanservice}}: Lots.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
{{Foreshadowing}}:
** Dan's Music/TalkingHeads poster in the first film.
poster. His teacher Dr. Hill later becomes one.
** Also in the first film, the The opening scene where Dan fails to resuscitate a dead patient and is told by one of his peers that he needs to know when to quit. [[spoiler: He's faced with the the same scenario at the very end- this time the dead person his own girlfriend, making it much more personal- and becomes so desperate not to lose her that it drives him to use West's reagent on her.]]
* ForgetsToEat: In the first movie, Meg points out that Dan has never seen Herbert eat or sleep. In a deleted scene, it's implied that West injects a diluted version of his Reagent instead.
* ForScience: Herbert West is ''[[IncrediblyLamePun dead]]'' [[SeriousBusiness serious]] about his dedication to this trope. He has no motivation for any of his experiments beyond his need to '''know'''. He's not interested in fame, money, helping others, or even immortality. He just wants to go past the mysteries of life and death. As far as he's concerned, any other thing is superfluous.
superfluous.
* FullFrontalAssault: Most of the re-animated.re-animated during the climax, since they were naked corpses laying on slabs before their re-animation.



* GagPenis: The Warden's severed penis which comes to life due to West's serum in ''Beyond''.
* GenreBlindness: Everyone in these films.
* GenreSavvy: Surprisingly, West himself is this by ''Beyond''. Apparently, 15 years in prison helps a lot to analyze what happened right and wrong in the previous movies. The moment he sees [[IntrepidReporter Laura]] in ''Beyond'', he ''knows'' she'll be trouble, and his approach to his experiments is much more methodical than his usual cut-and-paste improvised method of experimentation. He also learns to sedate a corpse before reanimating it.

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* GagPenis: The Warden's severed penis which comes to life due to West's serum in ''Beyond''.
*
%%* GenreBlindness: Everyone in these films.
* GenreSavvy: Surprisingly, West himself is this by ''Beyond''. Apparently, 15 years in prison helps a lot to analyze what happened right and wrong in the previous movies. The moment he sees [[IntrepidReporter Laura]] in ''Beyond'', he ''knows'' she'll be trouble, and his approach to his experiments is much more methodical than his usual cut-and-paste improvised method of experimentation. He also learns to sedate a corpse before reanimating it.
films.



* AGodAmI / RageAgainstTheHeavens: "Blasphemy? Before what god? A god repulsed by the miserable humanity he created in his own image? I will not be shackled by the failures of your god. The only blasphemy is to wallow in insignificance. I have taken refuse of your god's failures and I have triumphed. There! ''There'' is my creation!"
* {{Gorn}}: Holy crap, are these movies gory! Part of their charm, really. Just [[spoiler:the Bride's death scene]] in ''Bride'' is one of the most lovingly crafted pieces of special-effects gorn ever filmed.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: The leader of the convicts in ''Beyond'' gets torn in half, although there's enough formula in his system that his upper body keeps scuttling around on its hands.



* HardWorkMontage: In ''Beyond,'' West produces some Re-Agent using a montage.
* AHeadAtEachEnd: One of the cobbled-together undead from the sealed tunnel in ''Bride'' consists of two upper torsos fused at the waist, with a head and arms on each end.



* HollywoodLaw: A prison warden does not have the ability to increase an inmate's sentence.
* HospitalHottie: Nurse Vanessa in ''Beyond''.
* HotScoop: Laura in ''Beyond''.
* HulkSpeak
* TheIgor: Dan Cain
* ILoveTheDead: ''Reversed.''
* ImAHumanitarian: Some of the zombies as well as Moses, a crazy killer who was a cannibal even before his death and reanimation.

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* HollywoodLaw: A prison warden does not have the ability to increase an inmate's sentence.
* HospitalHottie: Nurse Vanessa in ''Beyond''.
* HotScoop: Laura in ''Beyond''.
*
%%* HulkSpeak
* %%* TheIgor: Dan Cain
* %%* ILoveTheDead: ''Reversed.''
* ImAHumanitarian: Some of the zombies as well as Moses, a crazy killer who was a cannibal even before his death and reanimation.
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* KarmaHoudini: Even with all the nightmarish stuff he causes and the many, MANY times someone or some''thing'' tries to kill him, West always survives. Granted, there wouldn't ''[[JokerImmunity be]]'' a franchise if he died, but...
** Though he does go to jail in Beyond... [[spoiler:only to break out by the end of things]].
** This is definitely a downplayed variation of the trope as of Beyond. While he escapes all three moves in the end, West was in prison for thirteen years, three of which were spent in solitary confinement, and this definitely seems to have traumatized West a little given how quiet he is in Beyond versus Bride and the first film and his genuine, terrifying anger at the warden for the aforementioned solitary confinement. Not to mention the closest thing he probably ever had to a friend testified against him.
* LampshadeHanging
--> "They're all actors here."



* LaughingMad: The end of ''Beyond''.
* LipstickMark: In ''Beyond'', West notices lipstick on Peterson's collar and fears that Laura might be seducing him for information.



* MadDoctor

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* %%* MadDoctor



* MadScientistLaboratory
* MixAndMatchMan: The Bride.

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* MadScientistLaboratory
* MixAndMatchMan: The Bride.
%%* MadScientistLaboratory



* MsFanservice: Meg, Francesca, Laura, Nurse Vanessa.
* NotQuiteDead: ''Everyone''.
* OfCorpseHesAlive: Used to smuggle a body out of the university's crematorium in ''Bride of Re-Animator''.
* OffWithHisHead: Dr. Hill
** [[spoiler:Laura]] in ''Beyond'', although in that case it was a MercyKill.
* OpenSecret: Reanimation in the third film. According to Howard, the government tried to cover up West's experiments. However, Laura has several newspaper clippings which show that at least some aspects of West's research are common knowledge.

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* %%* MsFanservice: Meg, Francesca, Laura, Nurse Vanessa.
*
Meg
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NotQuiteDead: ''Everyone''.
* OfCorpseHesAlive: Used to smuggle a body out of the university's crematorium in ''Bride of Re-Animator''.
*
%%* OffWithHisHead: Dr. Hill
** [[spoiler:Laura]] in ''Beyond'', although in that case it was a MercyKill.
* OpenSecret: Reanimation in the third film. According to Howard, the government tried to cover up West's experiments. However, Laura has several newspaper clippings which show that at least some aspects of West's research are common knowledge.
Hill



* PlayingWithSyringes
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: West to the Warden. "This experiment is over."
* PreMortemOneLiner: Before West fries the Warden in an electric chair.
-->'''Warden''': "But I'm the Warden!"
-->'''West''': "Guilty as charged."

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* PlayingWithSyringes
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: West to the Warden. "This experiment is over."
* PreMortemOneLiner: Before West fries the Warden in an electric chair.
-->'''Warden''': "But I'm the Warden!"
-->'''West''': "Guilty as charged."
%%* PlayingWithSyringes



* PsychoSerum: The Re-Agent.



* ResurrectedRomance
* ReplacementLoveInterest: Francesca, Gloria, The Bride.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Mace at the end of the first movie.
* SequelNonEntity: Dan Cain is nowhere to be seen by the time the third movie rolls around. This is handwaved away by West remarking that his "last assistant turned state's evidence on [him]".
* SeriesContinuityError: In ''Bride of Re-Animator'', West references seeing Dan holding Meg's dead body after failing to reanimate her. A deleted scene shows the actual failed reanimation, as well as West handwaving [[spoiler: Hill failing to kill him as [[IncrediblyLamePun "He didn't have the guts."]]]] More generally, West [[spoiler: apparently dies in both of the first two movies, but still comes back for the sequels.]]
* ScreamingWoman
* ShadowDiscretionShot: The fight between [[Main/ItMakesSenseInContext warden's penis]] and a rat in ''Beyond''.
* ShoutOut: [[Creator/HPLovecraft Howard Phillips' name]] in ''Beyond''.

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* ResurrectedRomance
* ReplacementLoveInterest: Francesca, Gloria,
%%* PsychoSerum: The Bride.
Re-Agent.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Mace at the end of the first movie.
* SequelNonEntity: Dan Cain is nowhere to be seen by the time the third movie rolls around. This is handwaved away by West remarking that his "last assistant turned state's evidence on [him]".
* SeriesContinuityError: In ''Bride of Re-Animator'', West references seeing Dan holding Meg's dead body
The morgue guard Mace, after failing to reanimate her. A deleted scene shows witnessing the actual failed reanimation, as well as West handwaving [[spoiler: Hill failing reanimated shenanigans first-hand, wisely decides to kill him as [[IncrediblyLamePun "He didn't have the guts."]]]] More generally, West [[spoiler: apparently dies in both of the first two movies, but still comes back for the sequels.]]
* ScreamingWoman
* ShadowDiscretionShot: The fight between [[Main/ItMakesSenseInContext warden's penis]] and a rat in ''Beyond''.
* ShoutOut: [[Creator/HPLovecraft Howard Phillips' name]] in ''Beyond''.
bail out.
%%* ScreamingWoman



* {{Stripperiffic}}: In ''Beyond Re-Animator'' the outfits Laura and Nurse Vanessa wear were far too sexy ever to be allowed inside a real prison, especially a men's prison. Justified in Laura's case, since she's trying to sweeten up the Warden as part of her scoop, but in Nurse Vanessa's case? Totally unjustifiable.
** At one point, Vanessa has her lab coat ripped off by one of West's zombies. All she has on beneath it is some extremely flimsy lacy underwear, the bra part of which doesn't hold together for five whole seconds under the assault.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Howard Phillips



* ThatPoorCat
* TooDumbToLive: Laura in ''Beyond''. Hooooly crap, did she ever mess up.
* TookALevelInBadass: West in ''Beyond'' is ''much'' more willing to be physical than in the previous flicks. 13 years in prison will do that to you, it seems.
* TheUndead
* UnexplainedRecovery: Herbert West himself seemingly dies at the end of the first two films (in the first he is last seen dragged off by a monstrously mutated Doctor Hill, and in ''Bride'' he is again dragged off by re-animated hybrids with a basement collapsing on top of him), and at the start of the next film he is alive and well with no explanation.

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* ThatPoorCat
* TooDumbToLive: Laura in ''Beyond''. Hooooly crap, did she ever mess up.
* TookALevelInBadass: West in ''Beyond'' is ''much'' more willing to be physical than in the previous flicks. 13 years in prison will do that to you, it seems.
* TheUndead
* UnexplainedRecovery: Herbert West himself seemingly dies at the end of the first two films (in the first he is last seen dragged off by a monstrously mutated Doctor Hill, and in ''Bride'' he is again dragged off by re-animated hybrids with a basement collapsing on top of him), and at the start of the next film he is alive and well with no explanation.
%%* TheUndead



* ZombieGait

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* ZombieGait%%* ZombieGait
20th Nov '16 1:03:35 AM TimeTravelerJessica
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** This is definitely a downplayed variation of the trope as of Beyond. While he escapes all three moves in the end, West was in prison for thirteen years, three of which were spent in solitary confinement, and this definitely seems to have traumatized West a little given how quiet he is in Beyond versus Bride and the first film and his genuine, terrifying anger at the warden for the aforementioned solitary confinement. Not to mention the closest thing he probably ever had to a friend testified against him.
11th Nov '16 7:08:37 PM Jackie-Chaos-Bunny
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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: After dying and being reanimated, a prison guard in ''Beyond'' keeps saying "Dubious" after a confrontation with West in which he hears the word but doesn't understand it. When West impersonates Dr. Peterson to escape the prison, he passes the guard who says to no one in particular "Dubious? Dubious."

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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: After dying and being reanimated, a prison guard in ''Beyond'' keeps saying "Dubious" after a confrontation with West in which he hears the word but doesn't understand it. When West impersonates Dr. Peterson Phillips to escape the prison, he passes the guard who says to no one in particular "Dubious? Dubious."
11th Nov '16 6:44:11 PM Jackie-Chaos-Bunny
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* OffWithHisHead: Dr. Hill
** [[spoiler:Laura]] in ''Beyond'', although in that case it was a MercyKill.



* ShoutOut: [[Creator/HPLovecraft Howard Phillips' name]].

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* ShoutOut: [[Creator/HPLovecraft Howard Phillips' name]].name]] in ''Beyond''.
24th Oct '16 2:14:48 PM SaintDeltora
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** Also in the first film, the opening scene where Dan fails to resuscitate a dead patient and is told by one of his peers that he needs to know when to when to quit. [[spoiler: He's faced with the the same scenario at the very end- this time the dead person his own girlfriend, making it much more personal- and becomes so desperate not to lose her that it drives him to use West's reagent on her.]]

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** Also in the first film, the opening scene where Dan fails to resuscitate a dead patient and is told by one of his peers that he needs to know when to when to quit. [[spoiler: He's faced with the the same scenario at the very end- this time the dead person his own girlfriend, making it much more personal- and becomes so desperate not to lose her that it drives him to use West's reagent on her.]]
12th Oct '16 5:21:42 AM kraas
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Of course. [[spoiler: For one example, Hill's severed head still manages to talk despite a lack of lungs to push air through his vocal chords.]]
5th Oct '16 6:54:29 AM Morgenthaler
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Naturally also spawned official sequels. The first was ''Bride of Re-Animator'' (1990). Dan, growing uncomfortable with Herbert's experiments, decides that he will move out of the house that he and Herbert share. To convince him to stay, Herbert takes the heart of Dan's deceased girlfriend Meg and offers to create a body for it. Subplots include the return of Dr. Hill and a detective investigating the massacre at the end of the first movie.

The second sequel was ''Beyond Re-Animator'' (2003). Herbert West has been in prison for thirteen years after one of his test subjects killed a teenaged girl and Dan Cain testified against him. The prison has a new doctor, Howard Phillips, who has West help him in the infirmary. Howard is revealed to be the younger brother of the girl who was killed by West's test subject. He helps West continue his experiments in the hope that what happened to his sister will never happen to anyone else again. West experiments with nanoplasmic energy, which can be taken from a living person and put into a reanimated person, restoring rational behavior. It works. Sort of.

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Naturally also spawned official sequels. The first was ''Bride of Re-Animator'' (1990).(1990), directed by Creator/BrianYuzna (a frequent collaborator of Stuart Gordon who was a producer on the first film). Dan, growing uncomfortable with Herbert's experiments, decides that he will move out of the house that he and Herbert share. To convince him to stay, Herbert takes the heart of Dan's deceased girlfriend Meg and offers to create a body for it. Subplots include the return of Dr. Hill and a detective investigating the massacre at the end of the first movie.

The second sequel was ''Beyond Re-Animator'' (2003).(2003), also directed by Yuzna. Herbert West has been in prison for thirteen years after one of his test subjects killed a teenaged girl and Dan Cain testified against him. The prison has a new doctor, Howard Phillips, who has West help him in the infirmary. Howard is revealed to be the younger brother of the girl who was killed by West's test subject. He helps West continue his experiments in the hope that what happened to his sister will never happen to anyone else again. West experiments with nanoplasmic energy, which can be taken from a living person and put into a reanimated person, restoring rational behavior. It works. Sort of.
2nd Sep '16 7:47:17 AM Almohad
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* ShadowDiscretionShot: The fight between warden's penis and a rat in ''Beyond''.

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* ShadowDiscretionShot: The fight between [[Main/ItMakesSenseInContext warden's penis penis]] and a rat in ''Beyond''.
12th Aug '16 4:23:52 PM Sharlee
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* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: The leader of the convicts in ''Beyond'' gets torn in half, although there's enough formula in his system that his upper body keeps scuttling around on its hands.
29th Jun '16 1:11:25 PM Mdumas43073
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