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The Return of the Living Dead Reviews

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February 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.
July 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 18, 2014
an icon of the 80s
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 14, 2012
For pure eighties, punk rock, walking dead, brain eating mayhem, this is the film to watch.
June 8, 2012
this overnight zombie apocalypse is a tongue-in-cheek brainload of hard-rocking fun.
March 30, 2011
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Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 12, 2008
An amusing, punk variation on the familiar zombie theme.
October 13, 2007
Equal parts horror and comedy, Return of the Living Dead finds success on both fronts.
October 5, 2007
Effectively announces itself as a horror movie deliberately pitted against customary cinematic values.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 27, 2007
A tongue-in-cheek, splatter-laden homage to George A. Romero's zombie pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2005
A fresh and immensely entertaining take on the zombie genre
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 25, 2005
It's a shame that the franchise went straight to Campsville, because it had a good start.
| Original Score: 4/5
October 27, 2004
The definitive splatterpunk movie. Takes perverse delight in being disgusting. Dan O'Bannon's screenplay hits your funny bone with a meathook and doesn't let go.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 12, 2003
A funny, gore-spattered homage.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 14, 2003
Great re-interpretation of the Romero series. Scary in its hopelessness, funny in its extremity.
| Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2003
A beauty of a cult classic.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 21, 2002
Turns a satirical eye on Reagan's hawkish heart, the sprung logic of Italian zombie movies, and John Hughes' brat-pack films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2002
impressively ornate yet extremely cheesy
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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