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The second sequel to Re-Animator from the year 2003, which was directed by Brian Yuzna.

Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) 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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  • Big Bad: Brando, the corrupt warden of the prison.
  • Book Dumb: Sgt. Moncho is confused by West' use of the word "dubious", and later uses it without knowing the proper context for it.
  • Breast Attack: The reanimated Moses sinks his teeth on the prison nurse's right breast.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Considering the way he compares Laura to his late sister Emily, it’s heavily implied that Dr. Phillips may have secretly harbored these feelings towards his sister.
  • Character Aged with the Actor: West has been in prison since the release of the previous film.
  • Churchgoing Villain: Moses, a religious prisoner who nonetheless succumbs to his cannibalistic urges from time to time. He'll tear out a chunk of your flesh only to spit it out and beg God for forgiveness.
  • Cradling Your Kill: After killing his reanimated Love Interest Laura, Howard is found cradling her remains by the authorities.
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  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: After dying and being reanimated, a prison guard 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."
  • Ear Ache: When the warden confronts Laura for trying to talk to Moses (who has been reanimated by West), Moses attacks him and bites his ear off.
  • Expy: Several of the characters. 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 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.
  • Eye Scream: Dosing on the Re-Agent formula causes Speedball's (who was still living when he took it) eyes and guts explode out of his body.
  • Eye Spy: For reasons the movie doesn't explain, West takes one of the eyeballs that exploded out of Speedball's body, and keeps it around until at the end when he discards the eyeball outside the front lawn of the chaos-infested prison, while it struggles to move.
  • Dulcinea Effect: 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 reanimated zombies.
  • Fantastic Drug: One living inmate becomes addicted to West's reagent formula, which lead to his guts exploding out of his body.
  • Gag Penis: The Warden's severed penis which comes to life due to West's serum. It later fights a rat.
  • Groin Attack: The warden, after being reanimated, tries to force the equally reanimated Laura to give him oral sex. She bites his dick off. Due to coming off from a reanimated individual, the dick itself becomes a living creature.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The leader of the convicts gets torn in half, although there's enough formula in his system that his upper body keeps scuttling around on its hands.
  • Hard-Work Montage: West produces some Re-Agent using a montage.
  • Hollywood Law: A prison warden does not have the ability to increase an inmate's sentence.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Moses, a crazy killer who was a cannibal even before his death and reanimation.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The warden on his prisoners:
    "They're all actors here."
  • Laughing Mad: The events of the film drive Dr. Phillips to this point.
  • Lipstick Mark: West notices lipstick on Howard's collar and fears that Laura might be seducing him for information.
  • Losing Your Head: Laura's severed head opens her eyes and gives a Slasher Smile even after it's been removed from her body.
  • Lucky Charms Title: Some video covers have the "i" in the title replaced with a syringe. Others have it replacing the hyphen.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: there's an extended fight sequence between a rat and a zombie penis.
  • Meaningful Name: Dr. Howard Phillips is blatantly named after Howard Phillip Lovecraft, the author of the book the original film was based on.
  • Off with His Head!: Howard cuts reanimated Laura's head off, as she's trying to kill him.
  • Open Secret: The reanimation. 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.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: West to the Warden. "This experiment is over."
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Before West fries the Warden in an electric chair.
    Warden: But I'm the Warden!
    West: Guilty as charged.
  • Prison Riot: After Sgt. Moncho gets attacked by the reanimated Ratty, it leads to the prisoners running free inside the prison, leading to a riot withing the establishment.
  • Refuge in Audacity: As usual for the series. What other film can you possibly name that features a fight scene between a rat and a zombified severed penis?
  • Replacement Goldfish: Howard treats Laura as a replacement for his older sister Emily, whose demise he witnessed at the hands of West's creations. At the end of the film, it’s reached the point that by the time the authorities find him cradling Laura’s body, he’s so emotionally and mentally broken that he seems to actually believe that Laura is Emily.
  • Revenge of the Sequel
  • Sequel Non-Entity: Dan Cain is nowhere to be seen. This is handwaved away by West remarking that his "last assistant turned state's evidence on [him]".
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: The fight between warden's penis and a rat.
  • Shout-Out: The character Dr. Howard Phillips is named after Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the writer of the novella Herbert West–Reanimator, which was the basis of the entire film series.
  • Stripperiffic: 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: West is much more willing to be physical than in the previous flicks. 13 years in prison will do that to you, it seems.
  • Unexplained Recovery: There's no explanation how West survived the end of the last film.
  • Vertigo Effect: Used on Howard after he finds out that Laura has been killed.


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