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Beyond Re-Animator

Theatrical Poster
Directed by Brian Yuzna
Produced by Brian Yuzna
Julio Fernández
Carlos Fernández
Written by Characters:
H. P. Lovecraft
Miguel Tejada-Flores
José Manuel Gómez
Starring Jeffrey Combs
Tommy Dean Musset
Jason Barry
Bárbara Elorrieta
Elsa Pataky
Santiago Segura
Simón Andreu
Music by Xavier Capellas
Cinematography Andreu Rebés
Editing by Bernat Vilaplana
Studio Fantastic Factory
Distributed by Filmax International (Spain)
Lions Gate Entertainment (U.S.)
Release date(s) April 4, 2003
Running time 95 min.
Language English
Budget $3,000,000 (Estimated)
Preceded by Bride of Re-Animator
Followed by House of Re-Animator

Beyond Re-Animator (2003) is a horror movie, directed by Brian Yuzna. It is the second sequel to Re-Animator. The film premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel (though it was produced independently and acquired by the channel only as a distributor). This showing was cut to a TV-PG rating. The subsequently released DVD was rated R, but there is a slightly longer unrated cut available in some countries, including the Netherlands. It also received a limited theatrical run in the U.S.



For the past 13 years, Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) has been serving his prison sentence for his role in the death of a teenage girl at the hands of one of his zombies . With what scant supplies he has on hand in the prison medical center, Dr. West has been capable of performing only extremely basic experiments on rats. However, his lack of supplies does not prevent him from uncovering a key element in his re-animation process. When a young doctor named Howard Phillips (Jason Barry) comes to work at the prison, he teams up with West uses to help him attain the supplies and tools needed to bring his experiments to the next level. Phillips is the younger brother of the teenage girl who was killed (he's shown watching West being taken away by the cops) and he came to the prison for the explicit purpose of working with West. In the meantime, Phillips gets a girlfriend, the journalist Laura Olney.

Dr. West has discovered "NPE" (Nano-Plasmic Energy), an energy that can be extracted from the brain of a living organism through an electrocution-like process, to be stored in a capsule resembling a small light bulb. The capsule can then be connected to a corpse and used in conjunction with West's previously developed reagent to restore the former dead to a life-like state. The NPE prevents the degeneration seen in previous instances, where the reanimated are nothing more than mindless zombies. Used together with the re-agent reanimated corpses regain their skills, memories, and motor functions and nearly fully resemble normal humans.

The warden of the prison uncovers West's experiments, and is killed and re-animated like Dr. Carl Hill in the first Re-Animator. However, West uses the NPE from a prisoner's pet rat, causing some unexpected side effects in the warden's behavior. It manifests itself as the prison descends into utter chaos as a riot breaks out, vials of the reagent circulating through the population. Soon, it is unclear on who is dead, who is alive, and who has been exposed to the agent. During the chaos, Laura was killed. It is known that Phillips is "supposedly" believed to be criminally insane by guards, when they find him weeping over Laura's head, severed from her body.

It is also revealed that West actually manages to escape the prison by stealing Phillips' I.D. when he had come across him weeping over Laura's decayed body before the guards had appeared. In the end of the film it is shown West putting on his glasses outside the prison once he has slipped pass security. He then throws a human eye on to the lawn of the prison. It was shown struggling to move and after witnessing this West leaves the prison into to continue his research.



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