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Return of the Living Dead

Return of the Living Dead


OVERALL SCORE

3.0000 Stars

BEST ZOMBIE KILL:

A zombie gets a miner's pick to the head, decapitated, chopped into pieces and then cremated!





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Return of the Living Dead is a “sequel” to Night of the Living Dead. Although the director of Night, George A. Romero, went on with the more official sequels (Dawn, Day and Land of the Dead), this was John A. Russo's brainchild, who also had a big hand in creating the original Night of the Living Dead.

This film is a much more humorous take on the living dead series. Horror takes back seat to comedy here, not to say it's not scary, just to say that it's more funny than scary. The story continues years after the original outbreak in 1968, (Night of the Living Dead) and revolves around Night of the Living Dead being an actual movie based on a true story within this movie... if that makes sense! Eventually, Zombies are released and it seems all hell has taken over.

The acting is nothing great, based on clichés and stereotypes; punks, teens, goofy doctors and the like, but it is enjoyable, and James Karen got nominated for a Saturn Award in 1986 for best actor. However, it does have that 'made in the 80s' feel to it, including yet another cliché of the 80's, useless nudity. All in all it is an enjoyable movie, perhaps not a great movie, but any zombie fan should see it. This film and it's sequels have quite the cult following, and you can see why. Unbeatable talking zombies, humor, excitement and action are some of the redeeming qualities of this film.
 


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