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2003

Beyond Re-Animator is a 2003 horror-science fiction film directed by Brian Yuzna and starring Jeffrey Combs, Tommy Dean Musset, and Jason Barry. It is the third installment in the cult-followed Lovecraftian 'Re-Animator' franchise and concludes the saga of the mad genius, Dr. Herbert West— a character inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's 1920's short story 'Herbert West–Reanimator'.

Beyond Re-Animator picks up thirteen years after the chaotic events of the 1985 classic Re-Animator. The narrative follows the life of Dr. Herbert West, masterfully reprised by Jeffrey Combs, after he is imprisoned for his experiments on reanimating the dead, which led to disastrous consequences. Although behind bars, West's controversial, grotesque, and insatiable scientific pursuits continue undeterred, this time in the prison's confines.

When a new young doctor named Howard Phillips, played by Jason Barry, becomes the prison's medical officer, West sees a glimmer of hope for his forbidden experiments. Phillips, an ardent admirer of West's work, becomes his assistant under the guise of working alongside him for medical evaluations for inmates. But, like every eager protégé, Phillips harbours his ulterior motive as his sister was a victim of West's backfired experiment. He hopes that by assisting this genius outcast, he will find answers to his lingering questions and closure for his personal grief.

As the story unfolds, these two unlikely allies continue West's grim experiments. West even makes a groundbreaking discovery, an advancement of his infamous 're-animation' serum, with the potential to not just rekindle physical life, but also bring back the essence, the personality of the deceased.

However, a prison is not the most conducive environment for secretive, ethically questionable scientific experiments. West and Phillips find themselves facing all sorts of obstacles - from suspicious prison staff members to inmates harboring grudges to their sinister and villainous prison warden known for his unpredictable and sadistic behavior.

Beyond Re-Animator is a tantalizing exploration into the macabre with the weave of horror and bold humor. It's where science, morality, ambition, and revenge collide, set against a background of grotesque horror and dark comedy. The film consistently winks at its audience with its own awareness of its outrageous and wild nature, while offering up a generous helping of gory, gruesome special effects that fans of the genre relish. With Combs' masterly performance, the character of Herbert West shines in all his twisted, irreverent, manic glory.

Director Brian Yuzna does a fantastic job of balancing the shocking, the grotesque, and the humorous without losing sight of the plot's core elements. Yuzna demonstrates an understanding of the absurdity inherent in the genre and leverages it to full effect, delivering a movie that pays homage to its B-Movie roots while carving out its unique narrative and stylistic identity.

The third installment of the franchise, Beyond Re-Animator serves both as a reunion with a beloved character and an introduction to a new audience. The film presents a mix of dark humor, gnarly special effects, sharp screenplay and an added layer of philosophy about the essence of life and death, that stays faithful to what made the original a cult classic. It transports the viewers into a ghoulish world of ghastly wonders and horrific revivals, while maintaining the tragicomic tone of the series.

With an atmosphere seeping with dread and comic relief, absurd situations, and over-the-top performances laced with surreal and grotesque scenes, Beyond Re-Animator continues the legacy of its predecessors. It is a love-letter to its franchise, offering a wild, shocking, and entertainingly eccentric exploration of the macabre - a must-watch for fans of 80s style horror, black comedy and H.P. Lovecraft.

Beyond Re-Animator is a Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction movie released in 2003. It has a runtime of 95 min.. Critics and viewers have rated it moderate reviews, with an IMDb score of 5.8..

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5.8/10
Director
Brian Yuzna
Stars
Jeffrey Combs, Tommy Dean Musset, Jason Barry, Bárbara Elorrieta, Elsa Pataky, Santiago Segura, Simón Andreu
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