You can't keep a good re-animator down! It's been fourteen years since we last saw eminent scientist/certifiable lunatic Herbert West conducts his hideous experiments into reanimating the dead. Fourteen years since his last subject went on a killing spree that landed West in jail. Fourteen years to repent and see the error of his ways. So, has the good doctor learnt his lesson? Not a bit of it! In fact, he's taken the experiments a few steps beyond inventing a 're-agent' that may return personality as well as simple motor reanimation to the dead. With his new apprentice, Dr Howard (Jason Barry) in tow, West moves from experimenting on rats to human tissue. But a nosy reporter, an evil prison warden and a psychotic inmate who wants to know what happened to his pet rat are all on hand to throw a spanner into West's work. Before you know it, prison life is becoming prison un-life and the stage is set for another gruesome visit to the doctors.
Being a fan of the original 'Re-Animator', and after the disappointing sequel 'Bride of Re-Animator', I was somewhat sceptical about this third installment in the series, but I have to admit this is an intelligent, fresh, funny, and energetic film which takes everything that made the first film great and improves on it. Jeffrey Combs is back as mad scientist Herbert West and the storyline picks up 13 years later, where Dr West is confined in prison for his past crimes. On the arrival of Howard Phillips the new prison doctor, (who by chance was a follower of West and his research); West is invited to become his medical assistant. Now with advanced capabilities and improved ideas for re-animating the dead, West and Phillips set out to perfect the process, the only problem is they get caught up in a prison break which escalates into an all out gore filled bloody battle with the undead. If you've never seen the original, then you'll probably want to watch 'Re-Animator' before renting 'Beyond Re-Animator', but of you were a fan of the original this is a worthy sequel to the original and definitely worth checking out!