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Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)

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A virtual remake of its predecessor, Return of the Living Dead (1985), which itself was a tongue-in-cheek rip-off of director George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), this follow-up adheres strictly to a gore and gags formula. Jesse Wilson (Michael Kenworthy), is a young boy being bullied by thugs from the neighborhood when all of them discover a sealed drum containing a zombie corpse. The release of a gas from the container reanimates the dead in a nearby graveyard, thus releasing an

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Oct 5, 2004

Lorimar Productions

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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.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Not even a nuclear explosion, it seems, can prevent a sequel to a tongue-in-cheek zombie pic.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

October 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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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.

April 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of short series that gave James Karen his place in horror movie history.

March 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Given the abundance of films like this, Return 2 is hardly a classic, but it's far better than it has any right to be.

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The movie's high points are its makeup and special effects. The movie's low points are almost everything else.

October 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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The first film was an amusing, winking zombiefest that glorified its own cheekiness. The sequel tries to do bigger and better and thus is less and worse.

November 5, 2002
Needcoffee.com

An occasional clever joke but in general a degradation of this branch of the series.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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.
April 5, 2014
phubbs1

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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.
February 17, 2011
ajv2688

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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.
August 9, 2010
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A fun and quite silly horror comedy! You know it?s good though when a zombie gives you the finger!
September 29, 2009
SirPant

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    1. Doc Mandel: Brains, brains! Get them while they're fresh!
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    1. Jesse Wilson: (holding a gun) Make my night!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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    1. Joey: Let me eat your braaaiiiiiinnnnn!
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    1. Lucy Wilson: Look, they're ugly and they're dirty and they're dumb, and I don't even care if they are dead. I hate them, there's no way they're touching me!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Billy: You told, you told, now you die like me.
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