The Return of the Living Dead Reviews

  • 5d ago

    Forgotten cult classic of the 80s. Some nice shocking moments with genuine laughs. Dan O'Bannon and William Stout at their finest. Tarman is highly underrated character design that deserves more respect. Fans of the genre will love it.

    Forgotten cult classic of the 80s. Some nice shocking moments with genuine laughs. Dan O'Bannon and William Stout at their finest. Tarman is highly underrated character design that deserves more respect. Fans of the genre will love it.

  • Oct 31, 2020

    The best zombie film with the best ending 10/10

    The best zombie film with the best ending 10/10

  • Oct 26, 2020

    Return of the Living Dead is a goofy take on the zombie film

    Return of the Living Dead is a goofy take on the zombie film

  • Oct 24, 2020

    4/5. The start is a little slow and the ending is a bit unsatisfying, the middle of the movie is more delicious than brains!

    4/5. The start is a little slow and the ending is a bit unsatisfying, the middle of the movie is more delicious than brains!

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    Mark B Super Reviewer
    Oct 20, 2020

    Perfect over-the-top horror-comedy of the 1980's -- an instant cult classic and great watch for Halloween.

    Perfect over-the-top horror-comedy of the 1980's -- an instant cult classic and great watch for Halloween.

  • Oct 13, 2020

    Great Zombie Film! Unique plot and a time capsule of 80's L.A. punk/new wave youth culture. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a solid zombie film with the right mix of darkness, comedy, and gross-out scenes.

    Great Zombie Film! Unique plot and a time capsule of 80's L.A. punk/new wave youth culture. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a solid zombie film with the right mix of darkness, comedy, and gross-out scenes.

  • Oct 06, 2020

    Some how just weird. the Zombie despite being now basically unkillable are not as Scary.

    Some how just weird. the Zombie despite being now basically unkillable are not as Scary.

  • Aug 16, 2020

    35 years later and still one of the most enjoyable zombie flicks of the genre thanks largely to George A. Romero's ‘Night of the Living Dead' Both funny and scary in equal measure. Romero and screenwriter Jon Russo shared a collaboration but parted ways since legally Russo had the rights to use "living dead" as opposed to "dead" each time Romero made a zombie movie. Freddy working at the army surplus store with employer Frank discuss the events of the actual movie by Romero saying it's based on reality. This is one of those things by the filmmakers basking in the silliness of the movie they're in. They discover one of the corpses kept in a container from the army but accidentally unleash a deadly toxin reanimating others. The ones inside their warehouse come alive and they ask for help from mortician Ernie and Burt. As a last resort they decide to use the crematorium but it makes things worse mixing the chemicals with the rain and it spreads to the nearby cemetery bring countless undead from the grave. Freddy's girlfriend Tina and punk friends driving in Louisville get caught up in this frenzy and fight to survive the night. There's just too many zombies coming from every direction. What's different here is that the zombies in this movie are from several different ones; the usual ones eat human flesh while the ones here feast on brains and actually talk. They can even run and set up parlor tricks to lure unsuspecting victims. Pretty neat how they looked into the mindset of the undead and why they need to feast. It's like a drug that makes the pain more bearable. You can also see the era this movie was made it is influenced from the Cold War that was going on between America and Russia. The idea to even consider nuking the town to prevent the spread is inserted with plenty of political context. I love how this movie just enjoys the shamelessness of all the elements involved. The movie's got a great punk soundtrack to boot. Director Dan O' Bannon would at times be difficult to work with on set but the movie thankfully garnered enough money and cult followers. Still has great makeup effects, dark humor, and great gore. One of my favorites for sure!

    35 years later and still one of the most enjoyable zombie flicks of the genre thanks largely to George A. Romero's ‘Night of the Living Dead' Both funny and scary in equal measure. Romero and screenwriter Jon Russo shared a collaboration but parted ways since legally Russo had the rights to use "living dead" as opposed to "dead" each time Romero made a zombie movie. Freddy working at the army surplus store with employer Frank discuss the events of the actual movie by Romero saying it's based on reality. This is one of those things by the filmmakers basking in the silliness of the movie they're in. They discover one of the corpses kept in a container from the army but accidentally unleash a deadly toxin reanimating others. The ones inside their warehouse come alive and they ask for help from mortician Ernie and Burt. As a last resort they decide to use the crematorium but it makes things worse mixing the chemicals with the rain and it spreads to the nearby cemetery bring countless undead from the grave. Freddy's girlfriend Tina and punk friends driving in Louisville get caught up in this frenzy and fight to survive the night. There's just too many zombies coming from every direction. What's different here is that the zombies in this movie are from several different ones; the usual ones eat human flesh while the ones here feast on brains and actually talk. They can even run and set up parlor tricks to lure unsuspecting victims. Pretty neat how they looked into the mindset of the undead and why they need to feast. It's like a drug that makes the pain more bearable. You can also see the era this movie was made it is influenced from the Cold War that was going on between America and Russia. The idea to even consider nuking the town to prevent the spread is inserted with plenty of political context. I love how this movie just enjoys the shamelessness of all the elements involved. The movie's got a great punk soundtrack to boot. Director Dan O' Bannon would at times be difficult to work with on set but the movie thankfully garnered enough money and cult followers. Still has great makeup effects, dark humor, and great gore. One of my favorites for sure!

  • Jul 16, 2020

    zombies and punk rock! best movie ever!

    zombies and punk rock! best movie ever!

  • Brendan O Super Reviewer
    Jul 01, 2020

    Return of the Living Dead is a refreshing twist on the genre while respecting Night of the Living Dead. The story of Russo and Romero is quite well known to fans so it was nice to see a linkage shown to that earlier film. Dan O'Bannon ultimately didn't use Russo's novel as the direct adaptation and I feel Return of the Living Dead would've been just another shallow copycat. The film as it stands is quite funny and daring. The dead are more lethal and harder to kill. This film should've been a one film only as the sequels rob the ending of this film. The film plays with the formula of zombies a little different and that's why Return of the Living Dead is a nice companion to Romero's work. The film is definitely in the cult status arena, so it won't appeal to everyone, but overall I thought it was fun and offered something different for the sub genre. 01/07/2020

    Return of the Living Dead is a refreshing twist on the genre while respecting Night of the Living Dead. The story of Russo and Romero is quite well known to fans so it was nice to see a linkage shown to that earlier film. Dan O'Bannon ultimately didn't use Russo's novel as the direct adaptation and I feel Return of the Living Dead would've been just another shallow copycat. The film as it stands is quite funny and daring. The dead are more lethal and harder to kill. This film should've been a one film only as the sequels rob the ending of this film. The film plays with the formula of zombies a little different and that's why Return of the Living Dead is a nice companion to Romero's work. The film is definitely in the cult status arena, so it won't appeal to everyone, but overall I thought it was fun and offered something different for the sub genre. 01/07/2020