The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.
It takes no prisoners!
Herbert West’s acolyte from the two previous movies is not returning. Another smart and vulnerable protagonist is introduced and he does an okay job at filling the void. It marks the end of a classic mad scientist duo but establishes a similar relationship. Dr. Carl Hill is not making an appearance either, but is matched by the twisted warden’s eccentric persona and sick mind.
Beyond Re-Animator is both gory and funny. The actors do an excellent job. The cinematography is arguably the best it’s been and the production doesn't look cheap, adjusting well to digital. The writing is up to par and the film never gets boring. There is always something gruesome being talked about, eluded to or fully shown, and always with tongue in cheek in an attempt to uphold the tradition.
The script makes the global storyline progress rather than remake itself. After all, the source material has such great potential. It still treats its main protagonists as good guys, though West is rightfully sentenced to death and therefore confined for the whole running time. We manage to forgive him for his evil acts, disregarding his murder rate simply because his character is so hilarious.