Reviews

Nov 2, 2021
The Return of the Living Dead is the most 1980s zombie movie ever made and I say that as a compliment. Mostly.
Sep 14, 2020
It's a mammoth amount of fun, with a sharp trashy punk/new wave soundtrack and a trio of perfect performances by middle-aged actors in the midst of posturing, attitudinizing youth.
Sep 7, 2020
The scares are always accompanied by silliness, though the special makeup effects are often outstanding, contributing to a considerable yuck factor.
Aug 22, 2020
There's ultimately little doubt that The Return of the Living Dead improves steadily as it progresses...
Jul 17, 2020
It doesn't feel like a single second is wasted in its well timed 91 minutes, providing constant entertainment.
Apr 9, 2020
Return of the Living Dead continues the Romero tradition with comic flair and enough horror to keep any fan happy.
Feb 28, 2017
[Return of the Living Dead] stood the test of time because it blended real scares and a few honest-to-goodness, heart-wrenching moments in with its humor.
Jul 24, 2016
The makeup effects are tremendous, and Calfa and especially Karen are hilarious as working stiffs (no pun intended) who end up fighting for their lives. It's just too bad the ending is so abrupt and unsatisfying.
Jul 18, 2016
Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead is a classic of the zombie genre that delivers a good laugh with its silly, over-the-top nature, while also giving you several thrills along the way.
Jan 18, 2014
an icon of the 80s
Oct 14, 2012
For pure eighties, punk rock, walking dead, brain eating mayhem, this is the film to watch.
Jun 8, 2012
this overnight zombie apocalypse is a tongue-in-cheek brainload of hard-rocking fun.
Jun 6, 2012
Essential, enormous fun.
Mar 30, 2011
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Feb 25, 2011
The Return of the Living Dead is in fact the real deal.
Sep 19, 2010
Ed O'Bannon and John Russo may have intended The Return of the Living Dead as a comedy, but it's just too damn gory, too scary and too good to be dismissed as a zom com.
Mar 26, 2009
O'Bannon deserves considerable credit for creating a terrifically funny first half-hour of exposition, something in which he is greatly aided by the goofball performance of James Karen as a medical supply know-it-all.
Jul 12, 2008
An amusing, punk variation on the familiar zombie theme.
Mar 17, 2008
This is parody with brains.
Oct 13, 2007
Equal parts horror and comedy, Return of the Living Dead finds success on both fronts.