The Return of the Living Dead (1985) is one of my favorite horror movies because it is a zombie comedy from way back with fun rewatch value. I learned about horror icon George A. Romero‘s lack of involvement in this film and how this film is a very loosely based movie adaption of the Jon Russo book by the same name. Also, there is some extra movie details to the famous Linnea Quigley as Trash dance scene, lack of hair if you know what I mean. Read all Top 10 The Return of the Living Dead fun facts below.
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Top 10 The Return of the Living Dead (1985) Things You Did Not Know
- Horror director icon Tobe Hooper was initially supposed to direct The Return of the Living Dead (1985). Also, this film was supposed to be shot in 3D too.
- The zombie extras ate real brains, real calf brains.
- The Return of the Living Dead (1985) was a financial success with an estimated $4 million movie budget returning $14 million at the US box office and becoming a cult horror movie continuing sales via Blu-ray, DVD, etc.
- The Return of the Living Dead producers wanted zombie movie icon George A. Romero attached to this film, but that did not happen.
- Actress Linnea Quigley as character "Trash" had to shave her downstairs because the executive producer did not want the complications with showing hair down there. The result was that this movie scene change resulted in the famous Trash dance scene.
- The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening came up with The Return of the Living Dead’s tagline "They’re back from the grave and ready to Party!"
- Director Dan O’Bannon was initially supposed to star in this zombie film as Frank. Frank is the older man who accidentally releases the zombie-making gas. Actor James Karen was selected for the part instead.
- The Return of the Living Dead birthed a bunch of sequels all of which are not direct sequels, and they lacked the comedy of the first film.
- Dan O’Bannon’s The Return of the Living Dead came out the same year as George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead (1985).
- The Return of the Living Dead is very loosely based on the book written by Jon Russo as a movie adaptation cashing in on the name only and "living dead" zombie phrase. Jon Russo holds the rights to use "living dead."
Directed by Dan O'Bannon
Official Synopsis: When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage through Louisville, Kentucky seeking their favorite food, brains.
Cast: Brian Peck, Linnea Quigley, James Karen, Clu Gulager, Thom Mathews, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Terrence Beasor, Miguel A. Núñez Jr.,…
Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy