Bride of Re-Animator (1990)
Based loosely on 'Herbert West—Reanimator''.
Eight months after the events of Re-Animator, Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) and Dr. Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) are working as medics in the middle of a bloody Peruvian civil war. In the chaos of battle and with plenty of casualties to work on, they are free to experiment with West's re-animation reagent. When their medical tent is stormed by the other side's troops, West and Cain decide to return home to Arkham, Massachusetts. There, they resume their former jobs as doctors at Miskatonic University Hospital and West returns to the basement laboratory of Cain's house to continue his research.
Using parts pilfered from both the hospital's morgue and from the cemetery conveniently located next door, West discovers that in addition to whole corpses, his reagent can also re-animate body parts by themselves. He becomes determined to create an entire living person from disparate body parts.
West discovers the heart of Meg Halsey, Cain's fiancée who died at the end of the first film and was thought to been reanimated by Cain with West's reagent (it is implied that the re-animation backfired Cain was forced to dismember her afterwards), in the hospital morgue. With the promise to use the heart to re-animate a new Meg, West convinces Cain to help him with his project. Also stored in the morgue is the rest of the evidence from the "Miskatonic Massacre" (seen at the end of the first film). Inside, pathologist Dr. Wilbur Graves (Mel Stewart) discovers a vial of West's reagent and the severed head of Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale). Using the reagent, he re-animates Hill's head.
Meanwhile, police officer Lt. Leslie Chapham (Claude Earl Jones) begins investigating West and Cain. He bears a grudge against the pair, as they were the only unaffected survivors of the "Miskatonic Massacre" in which his wife's dead body was re-animated into a crazed zombie. Chapham suspects West and Cain are responsible. When he stops by their house for a second time to question them, he discovers West's corpse-filled lab and the two get into an ugly confrontation. West tells Chapham that he knows he killed his wife in a domestic violence attack. A fight ensues and West ends up killing Chapham by suffocating him with a cloth. West then re-animates the police officer with the intention of covering up his crime. Chapham violently wanders out of the house and into the cemetery next door.
Hill also bears a grudge against West, as West was responsible for his decapitation, the destruction of his body, taking away his crush and obsession Meg and having better theories about reanimation than Hill. Using his hypnotic powers, he commands Lt. Chapham to force Dr. Graves to stitch bat wings onto his neck, giving him back his mobility. He also extends his mental control to all of the zombie survivors of the "Miskatonic Massacre", as well as newly-created zombie Chapham.
When one of Cain's patients, the beautiful Gloria (Kathleen Kinmont), dies, West collects the last piece he needs for his creation: her head. With a complete body stitched and wired together, West and Cain inject the re-animation reagent into Meg's heart. While waiting for the reagent to take effect, a package is delivered to their house. West retrieves and opens it. From inside, Hill's winged head flies out. Simultaneously, all of the zombies he controls break into the house. West retreats back to the basement lab, where his creation, the Bride, has awoken.
A catfight breaks out between the Bride and Cain's current girlfriend, Italian journalist Francesca Danelli (Fabiana Udenio), whom he met in Peru. Cain rejects the Bride's love and sides with Francesca. Heart-broken, the Bride rips Meg's heart out of her own chest and then literally falls to pieces. West diagnoses this as tissue rejection.
Hill and his zombies force West, Cain and Francesca to retreat through the wall of the lab and into a crypt in the neighboring cemetery. Inside, all of West's prior re-animated body part experiments arise and make their way towards him (stopping only when Herbert commands them to). The unstable crypt begins to collapse, trapping Hill, West and the zombies. Cain and Francesca manage to escape the debris and they claw their way to the surface of the cemetery together. Hill, stuck in the debris, laughs manically, while Meg's heart, still in the hand of the bride, stops beating.
- Herbert West attributes to the noises in his lab as 'rats in the wall' which of course is the title of a famous Lovecrat story.
- Director, Yuzna went on to direct the last part of the trilogy Beyond Re-Animator and another Lovecraft project, Necronomican.