Return of the Living Dead Part II Reviews
This follow up is not as bloody and in your face as the first but more of a slapstick horror with icky green/brown pus favoured over ye olde claret. The odd thing in this sequel is they clearly follow the same plot route as the first. The plot is your standard zombie outbreak type of thing with toxic waste causing the usual problems, but it all feels like a reboot because the first film used toxic gas as the problem that causes the dead to rise from their graves. From there on its virtually the same spiel, literately!.
The use of the same actors in the exact same type of roles, albeit with different names, is strange yet it doesn't seem to matter. The same type of humour and even the same dialog at times make this film feel like a rerun of the first film but with better effects and a lighter tone. Despite the positively evil looking poster art the film isn't very scary at all, its almost a spoof at times, but a very good one.
An amusing 'Thriller' mockery moment at the end typifies how silly this franchise has become, but it is quite amusing I must admit. At the end of the day it still a very good horror comedy and doesn't take itself seriously at all which helps. I think the route they decide to take with this franchise after the first film was the right choice otherwise it would have just been seen as a Romero franchise ripoff.
The actors are having fun in their roles and the special effects guys are having a blast with all the slimy gruesome gore. Its completely hokey and corny of course, but back in the day these films were fresh and popular and they still hold up today if you ask me. The ultimate popcorn flick and perfect for aspiring monster makeup wannabes.
Although it was extremely campy, poor humor it had a few high points that left you with a few small chuckles
VERDICT: "In The Zone" - [Mixed Reaction] These kinds of movies are usually movies that had some good things, but some bad things kept it from being amazing. This rating says buy an ex-rental or a cheap price of the DVD to own. If you consider cinema, ask for people's opinion on the film... (Films that are rated 2.5 or 3 stars)
I have seen it a few times and bringing back Karen and Matthews to basically do the same thing as they did in part 1, only as different characters, seems beyond redundant. You know how it will end for them, so what's the point.
Michael Kenworthy and Marsha Dietlein are solid here as the brother-sister leads. Dietlein is cute and has a voice that is a dead ringer for Kerri Green!
I love Suzanne Snyder and here she is a smoking hot red head, yum, but man do they make her annoying. Her last few minutes in the movie are pretty intolerable!
The zombie effects are pretty good, but the ending leaves something to be desired.
It's okay for a rainy day, but nothing as great as the first one.