Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)




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Another outbreak of the vicious zombies with an insatiable hunger for "brains" strikes a small town in this sequel to 1985's horror-comedy Return of the Living Dead. This tamer sequel leans more towards broad comedy than the original, though the expected gore sequences are still well in evidence.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Ken Wiederhorn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 5, 2004
Lorimar Productions


Michael Kenworthy
as Jesse Wilson
Suzan Stadner
as Aerobics Instructor
Dana Ashbrook
as Tom Essex
Sally Smythe
as Billy's Mom
Don Maxwell
as Billy's Dad
Philip Bruns
as Doc Mandel
Anne O. Marshall
as Special Zombie
Larry Nicholas
as Jesse's Double
Forrest J Ackerman
as Special Zombie
Douglas Benson
as Special Zombie
David Eby
as Special Zombie
Nicholas Hernandez
as Special Zombie
Derek Loughran
as Special Zombie
Richard Moore
as Special Zombie
Steve Neuvenheim
as Special Zombie
Peachy Keene
as Worm Woman
Brian Peck
as Special Zombie
Marsha Dietlein
as Lucy Wilson
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Critic Reviews for Return of the Living Dead Part II

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

The only saving grace in a totally misguided effort is the performance of character actor Bruns who is quite funny as the slightly off-the-wall doctor.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Not even a nuclear explosion, it seems, can prevent a sequel to a tongue-in-cheek zombie pic.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

If you're going to force a sequel on us, you could at least get creative rather than just cribbing from Dan O'Bannon's original script.

Full Review… | October 12, 2013
Cinema Crazed

It seems to be doing so many of the same things that made the first one great. It fails, in that it does them all poorly.

Full Review… | April 11, 2010
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Return of the Living Dead Part II


The sequel follows on from the first with its very very basic and silly plot but this time it goes for the throat with full on comedy over horror and gory effects. The makeup and effects are again excellent and show what can be done with real hands on skills instead of just using CGI.

This follow up is not as bloody and in your face as the first but more of a slapstick horror with icky green/brown pus favoured over ye olde claret. The odd thing in this sequel is they clearly follow the same plot route as the first. The plot is your standard zombie outbreak type of thing with toxic waste causing the usual problems, but it all feels like a reboot because the first film used toxic gas as the problem that causes the dead to rise from their graves. From there on its virtually the same spiel, literately!.

The use of the same actors in the exact same type of roles, albeit with different names, is strange yet it doesn't seem to matter. The same type of humour and even the same dialog at times make this film feel like a rerun of the first film but with better effects and a lighter tone. Despite the positively evil looking poster art the film isn't very scary at all, its almost a spoof at times, but a very good one.

An amusing 'Thriller' mockery moment at the end typifies how silly this franchise has become, but it is quite amusing I must admit. At the end of the day it still a very good horror comedy and doesn't take itself seriously at all which helps. I think the route they decide to take with this franchise after the first film was the right choice otherwise it would have just been seen as a Romero franchise ripoff.

The actors are having fun in their roles and the special effects guys are having a blast with all the slimy gruesome gore. Its completely hokey and corny of course, but back in the day these films were fresh and popular and they still hold up today if you ask me. The ultimate popcorn flick and perfect for aspiring monster makeup wannabes.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

This zombie flick is okay, but it's a sequel and not as good as the original, and the actors are bad, and the story is exactly the same as the first too.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

This in my opinion tried to copy the first film without trying anything new or creative. What made the first film so great was the crazy antics of the characters and the zombies. Something that seems to be lacking a bit in this sequel. The film is not helmed by Dan O'bannon who made the first, and who created something special with the first film. The film feels tired and ragged out, and the actors try their best to act out the semingly tired out script. A so-so sequel, but considering the first film is such a classic, this is a disappointment.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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