This passable sequel to the 1985 cult classic Re-Animator features returning lead Bruce Abbott as the compassionate but misguided Dan Cain, and Jeffrey Combs as the dangerously unbalanced Herbert West. Fans of the original film will recall… More This passable sequel to the 1985 cult classic Re-Animator features returning lead Bruce Abbott as the compassionate but misguided Dan Cain, and Jeffrey Combs as the dangerously unbalanced Herbert West. Fans of the original film will recall the unpleasant repercussions these men experienced after developing a reagent which brings the dead back to life, culminating in a chunk-blowing climax in which Cain's girlfriend was killed and subsequently reanimated. The sequel picks up several months later with Cain and West doing volunteer medical work in South America during a bloody civil war -- where they have unobstructed access to all the dead bodies they need to continue their experiments. They eventually return to Arkham, Massachusetts, where Dr. Wilbur Graves (Mel Stewart) has been studying the aftermath of the first zombie massacre, stumbling across a sample of the reagent -- which he subsequently begins testing on bats and other animals. He manages to talk Cain and West into continuing their work, convincing Cain that his late girlfriend could be reconstructed, beginning with her still-intact heart. The investigations of a police Lieutenant (Claude Earl Jones) interfere with their activities, leading West to murder him and reanimate his corpse, which escapes. Meanwhile, Graves has managed to find and revive the head of the mad Dr. Hill, West's deranged, decapitated rival (who, despite this condition, managed to do horrible things to Cain's girlfriend in the previous film). Hill's head joins forces with the undead cop, who grafts bat's wings onto him, granting him mobility (and making for one of the creepiest-looking villains in horror history). When Gloria (Kathleen Kinmont), one of Cain's favorite patients, dies in the hospital, West concludes that she would be an ideal candidate for the donor heart -- but his efforts are thwarted by the arrival of Hill's head, accompanied by a quartet of zombie slaves, who set upon West with homicidal intent. Amid the apocalyptic climax, Gloria comes to life and falls instantly in love with Cain. When she discovers he is already in love with another woman (Fabiana Udenio), she quite literally falls to pieces. Although this is a well-made and occasionally witty film, director Brian Yuzna, producer of the previous film, manages to recapture the same blend of grisly horror and gallows humor but fails to make the complex plot cohere successfully, giving the film a rather disjointed feel. The always-excellent Combs goes wild with the character of West -- who by now has gone completely round the bend -- adding an element of possessive jealousy between the two men which seems not entirely platonic.