Return of the Living Dead Part 2 (1988) Movie Review

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Return of the Living Dead Part 2 (1988)

1988 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
89 minutes / 1h 29min

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Return of the Living Dead Part 2 Plot Synopsis:

In this first sequel to The Return of the Living Dead, a group of kids discover one of the drums containing a rotting corpse and release the 2-4-5 Trioxen gas into the air, causing the dead to once again rise from the grave and seek out brains.

Return of the Living Dead Part 2 (1988) Review

Return of the Living Dead II (1988) directed by Ken Wiederhorn received 3 award nominations. Return of the Living Dead II had an estimated movie budget of $6.2 million and grossed $9.2 at the box office.


Return of the Living Dead II starts this time with a canister containing one of the Trioxin infected undead falls off an army truck and is discovered by neighborhood bullies. Soon it’s open, releasing a slimy looking tar-man zombie (again), and the gas spreads to a nearby cemetery (again).

James Karen and Thom Mathews are back in almost identical roles from the first movie, even repeating the same lines at one point and realizing themselves that they’ve been through this before. The gore is good, but the humor and fun of the first one are barely visible throughout this flick. This film had a good storyline, and we even get a funny little Michael Jackson’s Thriller reference scene when the zombies are electrocuted. The acting was good from the cast, and the pacing was well thought out.

  • Return of the Living Dead Part 2 Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 5.87
  • IMDB: 5.8

About Return of the Living Dead Part 2 1988

Title: Return of the Living Dead Part 2
AKA: Return of the Living Dead II
Year: 1988
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Reviewer:
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.94/5 stars from 16,040 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 16,040
MPAA Rating: R
Return of the Living Dead Part 2 Cast Starring: Brian Peck, James Karen, Mitch Pileggi, Forrest J. Ackerman, Forrest J Ackerman, Thom Mathews, Dana Ashbrook, Troy Fromin, Jonathan Terry, Suzanne Snyder, Terrence Riggins, Don Maxwell, Allan Trautman, Michael Kenworthy, Eric Clarke, Marsha Dietlein, Dana Vitatoe, Hanala Sagal, Sally Smythe, Robert Smithson, Reynold Cindrich, Philip Bruns, Art Bonilla, James McIntire, Larry Nicholas, Doug Benson, David Eby, Nicholas Hernandez, Annie Marshall, Derek Loughran
Return of the Living Dead Part 2 Writers: NA
Return of the Living Dead Part 2 Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Production: Lorimar Productions
Language: English
Country: USA