Last night I decided to check out Bride of Re-animator. Let me start by saying I’m a huge fan of horror movies. Horror is practically all I watch these days. If you’ve seen the first Re-animator movie you’d know that its practical, gory effects are a major component of what makes the movie. It’s a story about a medical student, Herbert West, and his friend Dan Cain and their attempts to conquer death through reanimation of dead tissue. I was a big fan of the original because of the unsettling gore and the subtle humor throughout.
To me a good horror movie has great practical effects, a good story that I can’t predict the ending to halfway through, and elements of comedy; intentional or unintentional. The storyline and the world created in the movie plays a big role just as the CGI and the acting. The best movie examples of this concept are The Thing and The Mist. My favorite movie of all time is The Thing, the original, not the remake that was spoiled by bad CGI. The Mist created a suspenseful atmosphere which didn’t rely on CGI to weave a psychological horror film which truly blew me away. Even though the monsters are CGI the story, atmosphere, and acting made up for it. As with The Thing you have an outside threat that’s so overwhelming that fear and paranoia takes over the survivors making them just as much of a threat to each other as the monster creating an interesting dynamic that I thought was great.
Bride of Re-animator arguably upped the gore over its predecessor, though it wasn’t as humorous. Some of the scenes were exactly like the first which kind of bored me as it was something that I’d seen already. Altogether, I would say it was a pretty average horror movie with great effects and it’s worth a watch if you’re into gory horror or just a horror fan in general. There’s enough blood, severed limbs, and guts to keep gore fiends happy. I’d give this one a 5/10, best when you’re in the mood for a campy and cheesy horror in the spirit of 80s and early 90s gore flicks.