Bride of Re-Animator (1991)

R | 95 mins | Satire, Horror, Science fiction | 22 February 1991

Director:

Brian Yuzna

Producer:

Brian Yuzna

Cinematographer:

Rick Fichter

Editor:

Peter Teschner

Production Designer:

Philip J. C. Duffin

Production Company:

50th Street Films
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HISTORY

The film begins with the following written prologue: “Peru, South America: Eight months later and ten thousand miles away from the massacre at Miskatonic Medical School, Doctors Herbert West and Dan Cain finish their tour as volunteer medics in a bloody civil war where they have found a key element for their experiments into the nature of life…and death.”
       Referring to the picture as Re-Animator II, the 26 Feb 1989 LAT announced the May 1989 start of production on the sequel to 1985's satirical horror film, Re-Animator (see entry), directed by Stuart Gordon and starring Jeffrey Combs. Brian Yuzna, who was a producer on Re-Animator, signed on to direct and produce the follow-up. Dennis Paoli, who wrote the original's screenplay, was listed as having also written the sequel, but he was only noted on screen in end credit acknowledgements. Weeks later, the 18 May 1989 DV stated that principal photography for the retitled The Bride of Re-Animator, would begin in Los Angeles, CA, on 5 Jun 1989.
       Although previous articles included Combs among the cast, a news item in the 28 May LAT reported that his participation was not yet assured. The producers were also auditioning actors to play “re-animated corpses,” which required candidates to have “dance experience.” Two weeks later, the 9 Jul 1989 LAT confirmed that Combs would reprise the role of “Herbert West.”
       The film, officially titled Bride of Re-Animator, opened the week of 22 Feb 1991 as a “midnight attraction” at the Waverly Theater in New York City, and on 8 Mar 1991 in ... More Less

The film begins with the following written prologue: “Peru, South America: Eight months later and ten thousand miles away from the massacre at Miskatonic Medical School, Doctors Herbert West and Dan Cain finish their tour as volunteer medics in a bloody civil war where they have found a key element for their experiments into the nature of life…and death.”
       Referring to the picture as Re-Animator II, the 26 Feb 1989 LAT announced the May 1989 start of production on the sequel to 1985's satirical horror film, Re-Animator (see entry), directed by Stuart Gordon and starring Jeffrey Combs. Brian Yuzna, who was a producer on Re-Animator, signed on to direct and produce the follow-up. Dennis Paoli, who wrote the original's screenplay, was listed as having also written the sequel, but he was only noted on screen in end credit acknowledgements. Weeks later, the 18 May 1989 DV stated that principal photography for the retitled The Bride of Re-Animator, would begin in Los Angeles, CA, on 5 Jun 1989.
       Although previous articles included Combs among the cast, a news item in the 28 May LAT reported that his participation was not yet assured. The producers were also auditioning actors to play “re-animated corpses,” which required candidates to have “dance experience.” Two weeks later, the 9 Jul 1989 LAT confirmed that Combs would reprise the role of “Herbert West.”
       The film, officially titled Bride of Re-Animator, opened the week of 22 Feb 1991 as a “midnight attraction” at the Waverly Theater in New York City, and on 8 Mar 1991 in Los Angeles, to mixed critical notices, according to the 22 Feb 1991 NYT and the 8 Mar 1991 LAT reviews. The 8 Mar 1991 HR review erroneously stated that producer-director Brian Yuzna died since completing production in 1989. The writer may have misinterpreted the dedication appearing in end credits: “Dedicated to the memory of Bruce Yuzna and Bob Greenberg.” Brian Yuzna was still alive at the time of this writing in 2015.
Yuzna returned as director-producer of the third Re-Animator installment, Beyond Re-Animator, released in 2003, with Jeffrey Combs again reprising his starring role. The picture was shot entirely in Spain.

       An unrated version of Bride of Re-Animator was later released on home video. Modern sources report that the unrated version contains longer held shots of some of the more gory scenes, but the run-time is equivalent to the R-rated home video version.
       End credits include the following statements: “Special thanks to: Kevin Cadogan; Dennis Paoli; William Norris; Stuart Gordon; Tom Smith; Mary Wollenscraft Shelly; Cine-Com Production Payroll & Accounting; Spenco Medical Corporation; Applied Extrusion Technologies, Inc.; Daisy’s West Floral Artists; Film Leaders, Inc.”
       Grip/Electrician Jeffrey Johnson's name was misspelled as "Jefffrey Johnson" in end credits. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 May 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Mar 1991
p. 20, 56.
Los Angeles Times
26 Feb 1989.
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Los Angeles Times
28 May 1989.
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Los Angeles Times
Jul 9 1989.
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Los Angeles Times
8 Mar 1991
p. 16.
New York Times
22 Feb 1991
p. 17.
Variety
25 Feb 1991
pp. 48-50.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Wildstreet Pictures presents
A Keith Walley/Paul White Production
A Brian Yuzna Film
Artisan Entertainment
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Line prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Scr
Story adpt from H. P. Lovecraft's Herbert West--
Story adpt from H. P. Lovecraft's Herbert West--
Story adpt from H. P. Lovecraft's Herbert West--
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d asst cam
"B" cam asst
Still photog
Chief lighting tech
Best boy elec
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Swing grip
Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
Asst cam, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Grip/Elec, 2d unit
Grip/Elec, 2d unit
Video group
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dept coord
Storyboards
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Scenic artist
Set dec
Leadman
On set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst props
Props
Goop wrangler
Const coord
Scenic best boy
Painter
Painter
Painter
Const foreman
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Props, 2d unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Key cost
Bride cost created by
MUSIC
Comp and adpt by
Mus eng
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Sd des, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Supv sd ed, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Sd ed, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Sd ed, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Sd ed, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Sd ed, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Sd ed, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Sd ed, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Sd ed, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Sd ed, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
ADR ed, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Foley ed, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Foley artist, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Foley artist, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Foley artist, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Asst, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Apprentice, Clancy's Sound Vibrations, Inc.
Walla group
Re-rec mixer, International Recording Corp.
Re-rec mixer, International Recording Corp.
Re-rec mixer, International Recording Corp.
Stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec makeup and visual eff
Spec makeup and visual eff
Spec makeup and visual eff
Spec makeup and visual eff
Spec makeup and visual eff
Main title seq by
Spfx, 2d unit
Spec eff coord
Crypt seq and spec makeup eff by
Des, Screaming Mad George
Key eff supv, Screaming Mad George
Asst eff supv, Screaming Mad George
Prod coord, Screaming Mad George
Make-up eff tech, Screaming Mad George
Make-up eff tech, Screaming Mad George
Make-up eff tech, Screaming Mad George
Make-up eff tech, Screaming Mad George
Make-up eff tech, Screaming Mad George
SMG lab asst, Screaming Mad George
SMG lab asst, Screaming Mad George
SMG lab asst, Screaming Mad George
SMG lab asst, Screaming Mad George
SMG lab asst, Screaming Mad George
SMG lab asst, Screaming Mad George
SMG lab asst, Screaming Mad George
Spec makeup eff and bride eff created by
Supv, K.N.B. EFX Group
Supv, K.N.B. EFX Group
Supv, K.N.B. EFX Group
Shop supv, K.N.B. EFX Group
K.N.B. prod coord, K.N.B. EFX Group
Makeup artist and crew, K.N.B. EFX Group
Makeup artist and crew, K.N.B. EFX Group
Makeup artist and crew, K.N.B. EFX Group
Makeup artist and crew, K.N.B. EFX Group
Makeup artist and crew, K.N.B. EFX Group
Makeup artist and crew, K.N.B. EFX Group
Dr. Hill's head and bat wing eff by
Exec supv, Magical Media Industries, Inc.
Prod mgr, Magical Media Industries, Inc.
Eff des & supv by, Magical Media Industries, Inc.
Eff des & supv by, Magical Media Industries, Inc.
Key prosthetics and animatronics, Magical Media In
Addl animatronics, Magical Media Industries, Inc.
Key sculptor/painter, Magical Media Industries, In
Lab tech/Makeup asst, Magical Media Industries, In
Lab tech/Makeup asst, Magical Media Industries, In
Lab tech/Makeup asst, Magical Media Industries, In
Loc supv, Magical Media Industries, Inc.
Finger creature and dog eff by
Supv, Doublin EFX
Dog sculptor & hair work, Doublin EFX
Floppy dog, Doublin EFX
Lab asst, Doublin EFX
Asst puppeteer, Doublin EFX
Asst puppeteer, Doublin EFX
Asst puppeteer, Doublin EFX
Spec mechanical eff by
Supv, SPFX, Inc.
SPFX crew, SPFX, Inc.
SPFX crew, SPFX, Inc.
SPFX crew, SPFX, Inc.
SPFX crew, SPFX, Inc.
SPFX crew, SPFX, Inc.
Stop motion anim and miniatures by
Supv, David Allen Productions
Cam, David Allen Productions
Miniatures, David Allen Productions
Asst, David Allen Productions
Blue screen composites
MAKEUP
Key makeup/Hair
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod accountant
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Exec prod liaison
Prod secy
Casting asst
Extra casting
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Prod asst
First aid
Craft service
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Transportation
Transportation
Transportation
Transportation
Transportation
Legal services
Prod insurance
Security
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Timer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Herbert West--The Re-Animator" by H. P. Lovecraft in Home Brew (Feb--Jul 1922).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Bride of Re-Animator
Re-Animator II
H. P. Lovecraft's Bride of Re-Animator
Release Date:
22 February 1991
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 22 February 1991
Los Angeles opening: 8 March 1991
Production Date:
began 5 June 1989
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
30108
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Following a massacre at Miskatonic Medical School in Arkham, Massachusetts, two surviving physicians, Dr. Herbert West and Dr. Dan Cain, volunteer their services in Peru during a civil war. Although enemy troops are approaching, Herbert West refuses to retreat, certain he is on the verge of a breakthrough in his efforts to re-animate the dead using the organs of reptiles. While their Italian colleague, Francesca, runs to a rescue helicopter, Herbert repels the invaders with a machine gun and drags the wounded Dan Cain to safety. The doctors return to Miskatonic Hospital, where Dan treats a cancer patient named Gloria. Although Dan hopes to cure Gloria, Herbert believes the terminally ill woman would be useful in his experiments. Meanwhile, Police Lieutenant Leslie Chapham presents pathologist Wilbur Graves with the severed head of massacre victim Dr. Carl Hill, which he found at a carnival sideshow. Dissatisfied with the official explanation for the massacre, Lt. Chapham insists on examining the victims’ remains, which are stored in a special vault. Dr. Graves notes that no decay has occurred over the ensuing months, and the cells remain viable. Also in the vault is a bottle of luminous green liquid developed by Dr. Hill, the nature of which Dr. Graves claims no knowledge. Lt. Chapham continues his investigation at the hospital crematorium, as Ernest, the technician, incinerates the body of a suicidal ballet dancer who amputated her own feet. The detective’s suspicions intensify when he learns the feet have disappeared. Although Dr. Graves dismisses the idea of theft, Ernest hints that it has become a common occurrence. When Herbert West enters the ... +


Following a massacre at Miskatonic Medical School in Arkham, Massachusetts, two surviving physicians, Dr. Herbert West and Dr. Dan Cain, volunteer their services in Peru during a civil war. Although enemy troops are approaching, Herbert West refuses to retreat, certain he is on the verge of a breakthrough in his efforts to re-animate the dead using the organs of reptiles. While their Italian colleague, Francesca, runs to a rescue helicopter, Herbert repels the invaders with a machine gun and drags the wounded Dan Cain to safety. The doctors return to Miskatonic Hospital, where Dan treats a cancer patient named Gloria. Although Dan hopes to cure Gloria, Herbert believes the terminally ill woman would be useful in his experiments. Meanwhile, Police Lieutenant Leslie Chapham presents pathologist Wilbur Graves with the severed head of massacre victim Dr. Carl Hill, which he found at a carnival sideshow. Dissatisfied with the official explanation for the massacre, Lt. Chapham insists on examining the victims’ remains, which are stored in a special vault. Dr. Graves notes that no decay has occurred over the ensuing months, and the cells remain viable. Also in the vault is a bottle of luminous green liquid developed by Dr. Hill, the nature of which Dr. Graves claims no knowledge. Lt. Chapham continues his investigation at the hospital crematorium, as Ernest, the technician, incinerates the body of a suicidal ballet dancer who amputated her own feet. The detective’s suspicions intensify when he learns the feet have disappeared. Although Dr. Graves dismisses the idea of theft, Ernest hints that it has become a common occurrence. When Herbert West enters the vault and discovers Dr. Hill’s head, he wonders what brought it back. Despite his disdain for Hill, whom he labels “a plagiarist and a fraud,” Herbert compliments the doctor for proving that every part of the body maintains a degree of consciousness. That evening, Dan Cain returns home to the former mortuary he shares with Herbert West. He enters the basement laboratory to find his roommate emerging from a stone wall, which the house shares with a crypt in the adjacent cemetery. Using an iguana, Herbert demonstrates a vaporous drug that simulates a fatal heart attack, then removes the lizard’s amniotic fluid, from which he creates his re-animation serum, based on Dr. Hill’s formula. Herbert proves its effectiveness by bringing to life a creature made of severed fingers and an eyeball. Dan is appalled until Herbert presents him with the preserved heart of Megan Halsey, Dan’s girl friend who was killed in the massacre. Herbert intends to transplant the heart to a new body, and recruits Dan to help steal body parts from the hospital, certain their project will be overlooked by police. Within seconds, Lt. Chapham appears at the door, questioning the doctors about missing body parts and rumors of re-animation experiments. They dismiss the detective’s concerns, claiming their studies are purely theoretical. At the hospital, Dr. Graves revives a dead bat using Hill’s serum, and when the animal attacks, he amputates its wings. He tests the serum on Dr. Hill’s head and it speaks, recalling Dr. Graves’s lecture on the origin of disease as “totally idiotic.” Hill then demands help with “unfinished business.” Meanwhile, Herbert and Dan steal the body of a young woman by transporting it through the hospital lobby in a wheelchair as if she were a live patient. When they reach the parking lot, Dan encounters Francesca, who is seeking work in nearby Boston, Massachusetts. After she and Dan make dinner plans, Lt. Chapham appears, feigning interest in Francesca’s dog, Angel. The detective questions Francesca on her relationship with the two doctors, then takes her to the hospital psychiatric ward, where he recounts the details of the massacre. Little remained of the victims except the head of Dr. Hill, which continued to twitch long after being severed. Lt. Chapham also notes that the three mental patients blamed for the killings had all been declared dead, including the detective’s late wife, Elizabeth. As they enter the ward, Elizabeth Chapham attacks Francesca, but she is pulled to safety by the lieutenant. That evening, Herbert and Dan transplant Megan Halsey’s heart to the stolen cadaver. Francesca arrives and prepares dinner, then makes love with Dan while Herbert hides one of his failed experiments in the neighboring crypt. Lt. Chapham enters the basement and accuses Herbert of tampering with Elizabeth’s body. Herbert reveals that the detective beat his wife to death, then kills him with the heart-attack vapor. Alerted by the commotion, Dan enters the basement as Herbert injects Lt. Chapham with the green serum. The detective goes on a violent rampage and aims his gun at the doctors. Herbert amputates Chapham’s hand, and the lieutenant runs from the laboratory, encountering Francesca and Angel on the staircase. Lt. Chapham removes one of the dog’s forelimbs while beating it to death, then retreats to the cemetery. Although Herbert re-animates Angel, Francesca is horrified to discover that the dog’s missing limb has been replaced with Chapham’s hand, and declares her hatred for the doctors. Later, when Gloria succumbs to her illness, Herbert orders Ernest to remove the body. Upon his return home, Herbert surprises Dan by completing his assemblage of body parts with Gloria’s head. At the hospital, Lt. Chapham warns Francesca of his plans to kill Herbert and Dan, then holds Dr. Graves at gunpoint, ordering him to attach the severed bat wings to Dr. Hill’s head. Meanwhile, the re-animated mental patients escape, and after leaving a trail of carnage in their wake, they stagger toward the cemetery. As Herbert and Dan inject their creation with the life-giving serum, a crate is delivered to their door, containing Dr. Hill’s flying head. Herbert inadvertently releases the head, and while searching the house for it, Gloria gradually comes to life. Francesca enters the house, warning Herbert of Chapham’s threat, and they retreat to the laboratory. Gloria becomes jealous of Francesca, who considers the artificial creature an affront to God. As Chapham, Hill, and the mental patients force their way into the laboratory, Gloria’s new body quickly rejects its disparate parts. In the ensuing melee, an overturned vat of green serum seeps into the neighboring crypt, and the laboratory is overrun by Herbert’s experimental creatures, which drag him through the stone wall. He is killed in the subsequent collapse, while Hill and his fellow undead are trapped in the rubble. As Francesca and Dan escape to the surface, Megan’s heart stops beating. +

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