Film / Bride of Re-Animator

"And god created woman."
Dr. Herbert West

The 1989 sequel to Re-Animator directed by Brian Yuzna, which also has Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott and David Gale reprising their roles.

Eight months have passed since the events of the first film, and Herbert West and Dan Cain, now both doctors, continue experimenting with the Re-Agent formula to perfect bringing the dead back to life. 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.

Bride has examples of:

  • Ancient Tomb: Herbert and Dan's basement shares a wall with an old cemetery.
  • And Show It to You: When feeling rejected by Dan, The Bride rips out her heart to show it to him, followed by total disablement of her entire body. Dr. West's diagnosis to this: "Tissue rejection".
  • Bat Out of Hell: Dr. Graves first tries the reagent on a dead bat, which starts attacking him. Dr. Hill later adopts this by forcing Dr. Graves to craft bat wings on his severed head, allowing him to fly.
  • Big Bad: After brought back to life by a curious doctor, Dr. Hill resumes this role again.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Dr. West upon called blasphemous: "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!"
  • Bloody Hand Print: Left by one of surviving renamited corpses from the first film when it escapes from the mental ward holding it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: West's reaction to Dan flirting with Francesca.
    Dr. West: Don't let the little head rule the big head, Dan!
  • Domestic Abuse: After Chapman confronts West about his experiments, including the reanimating his late wife, West confronts him about the fact how she was beaten to death.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Begs for attention during the finale of the film.
  • Funny Background Event: At the end of Bride, West is knocked into the crypt containing many of his rejected experiments. In their midst is a white kitten puppet peeking over a corner.
  • Gorn: The Bride's death scene by self-mutilation is one of the most lovingly crafted pieces of special-effects gorn ever filmed.
  • A Head at Each End: One of the cobbled-together undead from the sealed tunnel consists of two upper torsos fused at the waist, with a head and arms on each end.
  • In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: Like the previous film (though Hp Lovecraft never wrote more than one Re-Animator story).
  • Machete Mayhem: West saves Dan from an attacking soldier with machete during the prologue, and does the same thing again when the freshly reanimated Chapman is attacking Dan.
  • Man Bites Man: Dr. Graves tries to shut Dr. Hill up by putting his hand over his mouth, and gets bitten in response.
  • Mix-and-Match Man: The Bride is constructed from parts of various dead women in order to recreate Dan's dead love Megan.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: Dan and West use this tactic to smuggle a body out of the university's crematorium, wheeling out as if it was someone living.
  • Revenge of the Sequel
  • Sequel Escalation: Instead of just bringing dead bodies back to life with his reagent formula, Dr. West now does more experiments with it, creating several creatures with random body parts put together, which extends to title bride herself.
  • Series Continuity Error: 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 Hill failing to kill him as "He didn't have the guts."
  • Shout-Out: There are several to Bride of Frankenstein; the eponymous bride's jerky movements and scarring mimic those of Elsa Lancaster's bride, the oft-repeated phrase "she's alive" and, of course, the title of the film.
  • Shovel Strike: After upsetting Chapman about his abusive tendencies, West attack him with a shovel.
  • Unexplained Recovery: There's no explanation how West survived the end of the last film.
  • The X of Y


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