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Return of the Living Dead Part II Reviews

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December 11, 2017
Return of the Living Dead II would've been more acceptable had it been made by the same team and same man, but Ken Wiederhorn's effort unfortunately comes across as a poor imitation of something that is really quite great and genuinely amusing. The special effects are of a better quality and are still as ingenious and the actors do seem to understand the basic principles of their performances and what they should be - that the original actors knew of too - that made the original so great. It's occasionally funny, but will always be in the shadow of the far greater film that preceded it and what it so desperately tries to imitate throughout. For eighties Zombie sequels, you can do worse.
December 5, 2017
I have a sentimental attachment to this one since first seeing it at age 9 on the first day it was released at the mall theaters. After my mom picked me up right after school (she had promised for good grades a reward a movie of my choice) i picked to see the Return of the Living Dead 2 on its release day. I had already seen part 1 and yes ..I concede part 1 is a better movie. However, just being in 3rd grade in that big dark and deserted theater atmosphere lol i recall enjoying feeling scared lol, and even years later still dig it up just to remember.. the TAR-MAN ZOMBIE actually scared us.. tbh i hid in the back isle till my own mom said 'oh cmon dont be a wimp' lol... ROTLD2 Isnt for everybody but for me a magic rare memory to me.
½ October 24, 2017
While no where near the brilliance of it's predecessor, this sequel deserves more love than it gets. It's gory, cheesy, entertaining and fun. What else do you really need?
May 21, 2017
As good as a movie as the first one was, this one is just horrible. It tries to be funny but it fails more than it succeeds. The direction and story are atrocious and the acting is laughable. As far as zombie movies go, you can find way better ones than this out there.
½ December 11, 2016
Half of what this movie does is completely copy the original, the other half is slip half-hardheartedly into every terrible eighties trope you can imagine. Almost all the actors are only good at screaming, and somehow even the special effects seem to have taken a dip in quality since the first film despite the bigger budget. A few characters or moments are fun but not really funny, and overall its guilty of not really having a point for existing, save to make it harder to marathon the Return of the Living Dead series.
½ September 12, 2016
Sometimes you have to ask, how could anyone make a movie so bad?
½ August 29, 2016
The first half is really terrible. The second half has enjoyable scenes. Main problem with this movie is that most of the characters are just boring and the kid is annoying. 90% of the time a movie uses a child as the main character it's a bad idea.
April 18, 2016
Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988) ??
Lame sequel continues from the last film, where kids unleash the dead to walk again. Pointless and perverse.
April 2, 2016
Saw it when it was in the theatres, but can barely remember it (except for thinking it wasn't as good as the first one). Need to see it again in order to give it a valid rating.
½ February 22, 2016
It's definitely a poor rip off of the original. It's very confusing because two of the main actors from the original film are back in this one, playing virtually the same roles... but they aren't supposed to be the same characters! Even some of the scenes and situations are nearly identical to the original.
There is also a really annoying child that yells and whines a lot on camera, if that sounds entertaining.
However it is still a fun movie with some pretty cool zombies and effects. Don't expect it to be anywhere on par to the first one in overall quality though.
December 13, 2015
The original release was far better than the re-release. The re-release was dumbed down.
½ September 21, 2015
Bad, silly and funny
½ July 14, 2015
Return of the Living Dead 2 (RotLD2) has the charm of the original but a very uneven mix of comedy/horror. The whole thing is watered down in a frustrating attempt to appeal to a younger audience, so there's a distinct lack of gore in many parts, which compared to the first one is quite disappointing. The other big flaw with the movie is that comedy has taken over in a way it shouldn't have. This is partly because of the appeal to young moviegoers too, and it's very off putting. The slapstick violence and lighter tone really ruins most potential to be and exciting film. Other than that, the actual effects are pretty good, and the acting is decent, but a step down from the original. Whats really disappointing is what a missed opportunity this really was considering that the plot was actually very good and could have been dark horror comedy classic like part one. It had the budget and the script to be good, but sadly it Failed to be anything more than decent. In all it's entertaining, but not even sort of worthy of the first film. 54/100
½ April 15, 2015
Another sequel to a horror movie.Really doesn't matter which one as the generic plots are all interchangeable mush.
½ March 8, 2015
Bad excuse to make a sequel except for the re-pairing of Thom Matthews and James Karen. They do make this somewhat bearable, but only for one showing. Oh, and the DVD version replaces the eerie score with chimes and Beverly Hills Cop scoring, making the film even less pleasurable.
½ February 25, 2015
Subpar sequel brings back Karen and Matthews in similar roles (but playing different characters). Often veers too far in attempts at humour with the zombies and completely lacks the sharp satire that set the original apart.
½ February 20, 2015
Tries really hard to be funny, but absolutely fails in this.
November 16, 2014
Awful sequel to the classic comic punk rock zombie flick. The original was one of those few examples of when horror and comedy work well together. It's a hard job for horror/comedies to be both funny and scary. Usually they fail in one of the area, which then ends up bringing the film down. The original "Return of the Living" is a great example of successfully mixing these two genres. "The Frighteners" or "The Innkeepers" are a couple other of the few horror/comedies that manage to do both well. "Return of the Living Dead II" on the other hand fails at being either funny or scary. Writer/director Ken Wiederhorn made the classic underwater Nazi zombie film "Shock Waves" but reportedly he had little interest in doing another horror film and you definitely get the feeling that there's not much excitement or fun behind the making of this film. There's plenty of zombies, but it's really not all that interesting. James Karen and Thom Mathews return from the original film playing different characters, but essentially doing the same parts over again. Dana Ashbrook of "Twin Peaks" is one of the leads and in bit parts are Mitch Pileggi as Sarge and Doug Benson as Special Zombie (though I don't actually remember seeing him in the film).
November 4, 2014
Unfunny retread of the film, with atrocious acting, worse special effects, and makes the cardinal mistake of adding a kid to the main cast.
September 24, 2014
Injected with the same mix of horror and comedy as its more successful predecessor, Return Of The Living Dead, Part II delivers well-rounded cast but is all too virtually similar to its cult classic original.
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