Dr. Herbert West has been imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, where he continues with his secret experiments on the inmates with the help of a prison doctor that shares his morbid curiosities. It isn't long before things get out of hand and heads begin to roll! Despite over a decade of separation and the departure of both Bruce Abbott and David Gale from the series, BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR does manage to garner some interest, but it is a far cry from Gordon's original. Jeffrey Combs feels bored with the role at this point, and while he is the one actor able to carry the film, only a shadow of the smarmy attitude and manic behavior that dressed his earlier performances remains. Director Brian Yuzna also tries to make the most out of the simple plot in a desperate attempt to recapture the same dark tone and sharp wit from before. Unfortunately, the uninspired writing and dialog lack both brains and heart. Where the film does deliver is in the gore department thanks to the special FX crew at Screaming Mad George, who bring back plenty of the gruesome make-up designs that have become synonymous with the series. BEYOND is not the shot of re-agent that most fans were hoping for, but it is a bloody escape that is more enjoyable than other late entries in film franchises like RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.
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