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The Return of the Living Dead Reviews

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September 18, 2016
Without a doubt this has to be my favorite zombie movie of all time. It was hallarious, but the zombies were so well done it was still creepy. This was a perfect comedy sequel to the first one.
½ September 16, 2016
The Return of the Living Dead is one of those guilty pleasure movies that's actually much smarter in its satire and wit than one might expect it to be. I love it for a lot of different reasons but the main ones are the fact that it's set in Louisville, Kentucky (my old stomping grounds), it's about zombies and it's an 80's horror comedy that's actually very funny. Everything about it is so ridiculously fun that it's very much a comfort food sort of movie. If you don't want to be heavily engaged in something or not put a lot of thought process into a movie then The Return of the Living Dead is something you'll definitely enjoy. It's not a dumb movie by any means, but it doesn't take an enormous amount of brain power to enjoy it either.
½ August 31, 2016
Somehow this is better than most of zombie movies nowadays.
August 22, 2016
July 21, 2016
God, I love this crazy damn movie! So hilarious and entertaining. It never gets old.
½ June 23, 2016
Best zombie movie ever
June 21, 2016
Very good movie. The combination of political satire, zombie satire, slapstick comedy and actual zombie horror blend pretty well, but sometimes not enough, occasionally resulting in a bland movie with great effects, good direction and ok performances.
June 11, 2016
Send more paramedics. One of the best of the goofy 80's horror movies and one of the best zombie movies of all time.
May 26, 2016
Best zombie film. Ever.
May 2, 2016
This has a fun story and lots of gore.
April 18, 2016
The Return of the Living Dead (1985) ???
Off-kilter horror story about an accident in warehouse that results in bringing the dead back to life. Naturally, they want brains. Not-quite-your-typical "dead" story, there is a lot of very clever dark humor and a pitch-perfect performance from James Karen as the manager of the warehouse. The intensely graphic nudity and killings are a nearly fatal flaw to this otherwise enjoyable ride, with a rather intrepid conclusion. A guilty pleasure of mine; ugly fun all the way. Followed by two sequel.
March 11, 2016
Let's not get carried away, it has dated horribly but the scares, tension and comedy moments still work.
March 4, 2016
A cult classic of the 80's. A must see.
December 13, 2015
Absolute Classic! Dan O'Bannon's Citizen Kane of horror comedy.
December 1, 2015
Hilarious!! I can't believe that I was afraid when I was young watching this film, lol
½ November 29, 2015
Goofy fun 80's horror comedy that somehow featured the most freighting Zombies ever.
November 4, 2015
Veering between despair and laffs, this shocker hasn't managed to properly assume either of these two stances. The film score is enjoyable enough, with a main theme that stays in your head, like a goofy but addicting jingle, and zany rock n' roll fun. The acting definitely goes out of hand in the second increasingly bleak half of the movie, and all the yells and swearing become grating.
Contrasting with the general laziness of the movie are a few moments of genuine hilariousness as well as terror, with the former including the appearance of the first zombie and the ridiculous speed and intelligence with which the undead pursue their prey (a razzberry towards the classic approach to zombies as slow and clumsy creatures), and the latter illustrated by the brutal transformation of a really unlucky youngster into an undead and the sheer ineptitude of the forces of law in dealing with the freshly risen threat. The love for Romero's seminal masterpiece is obvious here right from the beginning and until the rather predictable ending, but it is not enough to make this a view worth revisiting, unless we're talking about showing it to some friends that haven't made its acquaintance.
October 27, 2015
B-Movie perfection. Laden with endearingly self-deprecating humour, it pays homage to the best horror cliches while simultaneously creating its own. This, after all, is the birthplace of the stereotypical brains-hungry zombie even more so than the Romero classics.
½ October 23, 2015
This sums up 1980s horror in a nutshell; a huge delicious nutshell! Night of the Living Dead introduced us to zombies, but The Return of the Living Dead made them a popular mainstay.
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