Directed by: Brian Yuzna
Starring: Jeffrey Combs (Herbert West), Elsa Pataky (Laura), Jason Barry (Howard), Simon Andreu (Warden)
Country: United States, Spain
Genres: Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Small Animals, Body Modification
Plot – Spoilers:
In the final film from the Re-Animator series, one of Dr. West’s zombies kills a young woman while her brother Howard has his face playfully sandwiched between her legs. This odd moment assumes a little more significance years later. The little boy grows up to be a doctor who opts to work at a prison where Dr West has been languishing for over a decade. Over there, Howard meets a reporter Laura who uses her charms on the warden and Howard to get the story she’s been preparing on Dr West’s research.
West meanwhile has been working on solving the problem of his revived corpses behaving inhumanly. Howard’s arrival opens access to the ingredients required for fresh reagents, and of course, provides the willing admiring helper that West always needs.
Beyond Re-Animator is a worthy finale to the series and has Elsa Pataky to thank for the sexuality she brings. But not enough sexuality for Howard to not sometimes mistake her for Emily, his sister.
Or maybe, just enough, for him to confuse the two…