• The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

The Return of the Living Dead

Release Date: 1985

DVD Release Date: August 27th, 2002

R |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

When foreman Frank (James Karen) shows new employee Freddy (Thom Mathews) a secret military experiment in a supply warehouse, the two klutzes accidentally release a gas that reanimates corpses into flesh-eating zombies. As the epidemic spreads throughout Louisville, Ky., and the creatures satisfy their hunger in gory and outlandish ways, Frank and Freddy fight to survive with the help of their boss (Clu Gulager) and a mysterious mortician (Don Calfa).

Cast: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, John Philbin, Jewel Shepard, Miguel A. Núñez Jr.

Director: Dan O'Bannon

Genres: Comedy , Horror

Production Co: Hemdale, Greenberg Brothers Partnership, Fox Films Ltd.

Keywords: Escape , 1980s , Survival , Friend ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Return of the Living Dead, a parody of George A. Romero's unforgettably frightening Night of the Living Dead, is not for everybody, but it's one of the funniest films of its kind ever made. [16 Aug 1985]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Return is a movie with some nice, droll opening scenes and the obligatory horrible climax. It doesn't make the mistake of Day Of The Dead - talking too much. It's kind of a sensation-machine, made out of the usual ingredients, and the real question is whether it's done with style. It is. show more

  • 75
    Jeremiah KippSlant Magazine

    Suffice to say, this small offering from the horror genre is a hoot to watch, with never a dull moment. show more

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