Combs Gives Poor Prognosis on New Re-Animator

House of Re-Animator off againOn again, off again, on again, off again; maybe it’s time we just let the long-gestating sequel House of Re-Animator finally die.

Jeffrey Combs, the man behind the labcoat, recently spoke to Sci Fi Wire about the sequel with the bad news that it’s no closer to happening than it was two years ago when it first started gaining momentum again. The reasons, as Combs sees them, are the subject matter.

”The latest idea is too on the nose, because it’s about a vice president who has a heart attack and dies, which is terrible, because he runs the country, and a kind of Karl Rove-ian character brings Herbert to the White House to revive him,” Combs explained. ”All is well for a little while, and then, of course, havoc has its day. A lot of people they took the idea to didn’t want to touch it. And, of course, the real power in it would be to get it out before they are out of power.”

At the end of the day, Combs is not really excited about the prospect of blending the Re-Animator franchise with political commentary, something the fans have been on the fence about since Day One. “I’m as outraged as the next guy about what’s going on in the country,” he concluded, ”but I think we can be less on-the-nose about it and still make the same points. But Stuart is rather tenacious, so he may still get his way someday.”

True enough; if Gordon wants this to be his next project, he will find a way. No mention was made of the next Re-Animator possibly being a part of Masters of Horror or, as it’s now called, Fear Itself, but feel free to keep hope alive as long as your heart can take being broken again.

Johnny Butane

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