The result of a creative dispute over how to handle the Night of the Living Dead sequels, Return of the Living Dead is a weird-ass movie. It almost feels like a very early meta-commentary on the genre, but coming so soon after the genres birth (at least in its modern form) it might actually be more like the creators saying "no, this is the real way zombies are supposed to be!" Whatever the case, the results are strange. These are not normal zombies. They run, they talk, they show intelligence enough to plan complex traps, and shooting them in the head does nothing since each individual limb will come after you. This really threw me off at first, and made the zombie purest in me shout foul. Once I got over that though, damn, this is a really fun movie. The different take on zombies leads to some really funny moments, and I can see that in a more serious movie it could even make them scarier since they're much harder to deal with in this form. It's arguably a bad movie with characters who are pure cliché, a jumbled tone, and a feeling of making it up as they go along, but these things just make it more memorable. The characters are actually really likable and fun to watch, the tone bounces between gorefest to horror to laugh-out-loud comedy, and I really wasn't sure where the movie was going to go next. Not to mention for being over 30 years old the effects are actually really good; some are a little dated, but for the most part they're on par or better than some modern effects I've seen. If I have any major complaints about the movie it's that it takes a little while to really get going, but even the early scenes still have that 80s charm, and once the s*** hits the fan it doesn't stop. The movie is just 80s exploitation at its most fun. Goofy characters, buckets of blood, pointless nudity, and a fast pace where anything goes make it one of the most enjoyable movies of it's type.