21 July 2024
Return of the Living Dead (1985)
91 min.
Directed by Dan O'Bannon.
With Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, Linnea Quigley, Mark Venturini.
When a tank containing a zombie from a 60s government cover-up springs a chemical leak at a medical supply warehouse, the dead rise again while punkrockers are partying in the cemetery next door.

The film that made the word "Brains" a household word is one of the best of the 80s comic-horror films.

Panicky James Karen and inalterably nude Linnea Quigley are hilarious, while Randolph couldn't be more annoying as Mathews' conservative punker girlfriend.

Energetic direction and clever script are a plus, though William Munns' cheap gore effects may explain why O'Bannon "fired his ass" mid-production.

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