Return of the Living Dead, The (1985, U.S.)

In keeping with the 1980s style teen horror flicks of the time, Return has it all. Zombies craving brains, midgets, scream queen Linnea Quigley running around naked, and a classic soundtrack, it’s written by John Russo, and it’s directed the legendary Dan O’Bannon.

A couple of dimwitted employees of a medical supply company accidentally release a deadly toxin, and a Zombie, from storage. They, and their boss, hatch a dimwitted plan to cremate one of them that they diced up. Little do they know that the released gasses rain back down to earth into the cemetery next door, and viola, the dead are ready to rock and roll 80s style. Meanwhile, a group of teens, including Trash, played by Linnea Quigley, are looking to kill time nearby and run into a bunch of undead looking for something to eat.

I liked The Return of the Living Dead. It had gore and Zombies, acceptable acting, and the usual teen scream plot. Not as frightening as the best, with little real suspense, but lost of gore and screams.

Return of the Living Dead, The (1985, U.S.), reviewed by Don of the Dead on 2009-12-20T14:03:44+00:00 rating 4.0 out of 5
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Frightful Discussion

  1. My mom was a punk in the 80′s and she used to watch this all the time in the theatres. Now I watch it. What’s so scary about it? I find it hysterical.

  2. I surprised nobody actually asked if the scene at the start of the movie was real?? was this movie based on a true story.. cuz this is the 1st zombie movie i seen and this is where my belief on zombies are founded.

  3. I like this movie because it removed the quick fix of destroying the brain. The sequel was meant as a comedy not this one. They even used the same actors as grave robbers in the sequel and same lines like “watch your mouth boy if you like your job”. “Like my job?!”

  4. I like this moive. When I was a kid this scared me! But I couldn’t help myself. i had to watch it again! I seen this so many times. The plot was great! I know this movie is supposed to be comedy horror, but I don’t find it at all hilarious. I find it a true horror.

  5. Please tell me your joking. This film should be in the top 10 easily. Shaun of the Dead Is Actually the WORST!!! zombie film made, I don’t see what made that go to number 1 at all. I’m very dissapointed in this list

    • I know you may not have read my other comments relating to “the list”, but I’ll point out again that it’s “user generated”. I’m glad you voted (only for 2 movies though). Many people complain but don’t vote. Make sure you rate the other movies you’ve seen!

  6. Please tell me your joking. This film should be in the top 10 easily. Shaun of the Dead Is Actually the WORST!!! zombie film made, I don't see what made that go to number 1 at all. I'm very dissapointed in this list

    • I know you may not have read my other comments relating to "the list", but I'll point out again that it's "user generated". I'm glad you voted (only for 2 movies though). Many people complain but don't vote. Make sure you rate the other movies you've seen!

  7. Rachael Leonard says:

    that should have been higher on the list. this has to be my favorite zombie flick.

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