Friday, October 18, 2013

Movie Review: "Return of the Living Dead" (1985)

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Movie: "Return of the Living Dead"
Director: Dan O'Bannon
Year: 1985
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

A young punker named Freddy (Thom Matthews) takes a job at a medical supply company. During his training his supervisor, Frank (James Karen) shows his some canisters that were delivered to their warehouse by mistake. These canisters contain bodies from a top secret military experiment to reanimate dead tissue. While messing around with the containers, they accidentally crack one open and release a toxic gas into the air, causing the dead come back to life to feed on the brains of the living.

This film is kind of a satire of the old "Night of  The Living Dead" type zombie movies, except they throw in a little twist: the zombies in this film aren't slow and stupid, they are fast, and smart, and worse yet, a head shot doesn't bring them down. These zombies are relatively indestructible, short of chopping them to bits and burning them to ash. There is a lot of comedy in this film, like zombies with stumps for legs trying to run down a potential victim, or Freddie and  Frank trying to deal with the naked cadaver that is suddenly running around their warehouse. This comedy is combined with some graphic brain falling from the skull gore. This film has become a cult classic over the years and one we like to watch when Halloween rolls around.

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 10/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

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