The Return of the Living Dead Reviews
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.
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.