As we all know, it is very hard for a sequel to top the original, or even come close. And when you’re talking about the original Re-Animator, it would seem to be an impossible task even to think about. But producer turned director Brian Yuzna did just that with his 1989 film Bride of Re-Animator. And you know what…it’s actually pretty damn entertaining!
Okay, so we all know that it isn’t as good as the first one. Case closed. But as a sequel, filled with some incredible, crazy, and down right jaw-dropping effects, not to mention some humorous and wonderfully dark performances by Jeffrey Combs and the rest of the cast, this is well worth your time. Even on mutliple viewings, this is still a great film.
The Complete History of The Return of the Living Dead
by Christian Sellers & Gary Smart
Published by Plexus Books, 2010. 288 pages.
Directed by Brian Yuzna
Starring Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, Ben Meyerson, David Wiley, Tim Bartell, Charles Lucia, Patrice Jennings, Ben Slack
This strange and simple little tale about paranoia, but told in a way you’ve never seen before. Young Bill Whitney somehow doesn’t feel that he fits in with his rich family, that he doesn’t really belong with the rest of society that his family and their friends are part of. He just can’t place it but just can’t shake that feeling. Plus, the nightmares that he’s having aren’t helping, neither are strange things that he thinks he sees, but just couldn’t be real. But soon Bill finds out just how different he is from these people…or really, just how different they are.
Brian Yuzna, a name very familiar to horror fans, mainly due to him producing Re-Animator (1985), made his directorial debut with this film. It was part of a 2-picture deal that he had made, with the second feature being the sequel Bride of Re-Animator. While Yuzna isn’t a great director, a fact that he’s more than ready to tell you himself, he still can make a decent film. Sometimes they are great, some not so great, but for the most part, they are entertaining. But what he gives us with Society is something that comes from a very dark and twisted mind.