Return of the Living Dead (1985) Movie Review

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Return of the Living Dead (1985)

1985 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
91 minutes / 1h 31min

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Return of the Living Dead Plot 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.

Return of the Living Dead (1985) Review

The Return of the Living Dead (1985) is an American zombie comedy horror movie that is considered a classic in my books. Director Dan O’Bannon (Alien (1979), Total Recall (2012), Total Recall (1990), Aliens (1986)) did a marvelous job directing this zombie eating brain movie. The movie contains sexual nude content, violence, zombies that love brains, suspense, bad language, terrifying scenes and an awesome soundtrack.

The Return of the Living Dead is about three men and a group of teenagers trying to survive with the zombies roaming around. The zombies are heading toward a small town that is not expecting this madness of brain eating zombies.

Frank (James Karen - All My Children (1970), Mulholland Drive (2001), Wall Street (1987)) works at a medical supply warehouse in Louisville, Kentucky as a foreman. Frank is one of those guys that likes to impress people. He tries to impress the companies new employee Freddy (Thom Mathews - Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986), Return of the Living Dead II (1988), Bloodmatch (1991)) by showing him secret military stuff. He led Freddy down to the basement to show him the military drums that supposedly contain an army experiment that did not go well. Frank and his clumsiness released a toxic gas in the barrel that made him and Freddy unconscious. Upon waking up, they discover all the content/bodies in the drum is empty and assumes that they melted.

Here comes the good part, Frank calls his boss Burt Wilson (Clu Gulager - The Virginian (1962), The Tall Man (1960), The Last Picture Show (1971)) to help them with the moving of corpses in the meat locker. They tried to kill it but failed so they decided to take the zombie to a mortuary so that they can burn it. Freddy’s girlfriend and several friends decide to surprise him and pick him up at his new job. Tina (Beverly Randolph - Return of the Living Dead: The Dead Have Risen (2007), More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead (2011), Underground Entertainment: The Movie (2011)) does not see her guy/boyfriend leaving the building so she enters to find him. She searches the place and cannot find him but got attacked by a zombie. She saved herself by locking herself in a closet until the zombie tried to get in - will she be a zombie or will she survive the attack? Things got worse after the burning zombie body in the mortuary released a very toxic gas. Freddy’s friend who is waiting for him ran for their car for coverage, but the car would not start, so they went into the warehouse. Spider (Miguel A. Núñez Jr. - Scooby-Doo (2002), Tour of Duty (1987), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)) heard Tina and they went to help her and soon after barricaded the basement door.

Okay, find this classic movie and watch it, you will not be disappointed. It is a true zombie lover movie that is original in every way. The soundtrack rocks and flows well with the movie. So who will survive the zombies and who will die or turn into a brain eating zombie? The actors all did a splendid job with their parts. The sets were amazingly well done for a movie in the 1980’s.

  • Return of the Living Dead Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 8.16
  • IMDB: 7.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.1

About Return of the Living Dead 1985

Title: Return of the Living Dead
AKA: The Return of the Living Dead
Year: 1985
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.08/5 stars from 46,897 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 46,897
MPAA Rating: R
Return of the Living Dead Cast Starring: Brian Peck, Linnea Quigley, James Karen, Clu Gulager, Thom Mathews, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Terrence Beasor, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Larry Odien, Jonathan Terry, Robert Craighead, John Durbin, Don Calfa, John Stuart West, Michael Crabtree, Ed Krieger, Mark Venturini, Beverly Randolph, Allan Trautman, John Philbin, Cathleen Cordell, Dan O'Bannon, Drew Deighan, William Stout, James Dalesandro, Rick Askew, David Bond, Leslee Bremmer, Bob Libman, Jason Novak
Return of the Living Dead Writers: Rudy Ricci, John A. Russo, Russell Streiner
Return of the Living Dead Director: Dan O'Bannon
Production: HBO Video
Language: English
Country: USA