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as of: 09/29/04

The Return of the Living Dead



out of 10


Dan O'Bannon


Clu Gulager
James Karen
Don Calfa


I'm a big zombie fan, so this movie was right up my alley. I'm not sure exactly how this worked (I guess Romero's copyright had expired), but this movie got rights to the "Living Dead" name and even referred to the events of the original Night of the Living Dead. Unlike Romero's zombies however, these shambling undead were able to break into a run. They also want "braaaains" specifically. This movie is a horror-comedy, and it worked very well. Scream Queen Linnea Quigley also got to show off her "talents" quite nicely in this film. I especially like the scene involving someone calling for "more paramedics". The plot involves two bumbling idiots who manage to release a zombie from a canister containing the gas which the Army had developed to bring the dead back to life. In a major mistake, these guys decide to cremate the zombie and it proceeds to rain... thus sending the gas all over the local cemetery! Needless to say, zombies are crabby just as they're waking up, and our band of morons gets to try to escape. I won't spoil the ending, but it might not be what you would expect. This is a must have for zombie fans, and a solid buy for everyone else.

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