Return of the Living Dead

Directed By: Dan O'Bannon Starring: Clu Gulager

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cemetery - those brain-eating zombies are back and hungry for more tasty mortals. A fiendish mix of outrageous humor and heart-stopping terror, The Return of the Living Dead is a "veritable smorgasbord of fun" (LA Herald-Examiner) filled with skin-crawling jolts, eye-popping visuals and relentless surprise!

On his first day on the job at an army surplus store, poor Freddy unwittingly releases nerve gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas re-animates a corps of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!


Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 204821927
UPC 027616085474
UPC 14 00027616085474
Format DVD
Release Date 9/9/2014
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Do you wanna party? The freshly risen undead certainly do in this horror-comedy that finds two employees of a medical supply company unwittingly releasing several zombies from cylinders in which they have been trapped for many years. The nasty brain-eating creatures are as hungry as ever, and eager to make up for lost time. Soon, the local citizenry is forced to deal with a large-scale zombie epidemic. The writer of ALIEN helmed this punk/horror pastiche.
Plot Summary
Summary A blood-filled spoof of zombie flicks, which fans of George Romero will especially enjoy (and you know who you are). The rotting cadavers of a graveyard are resurrected by a deadly, gaseous emission. Unfortunately, the gruesome ghoulies just love to dine upon human brains, to the "grave" displeasure of the nearby townsfolk. How will the citizens rid themselves of their gore-lovin', gut-munchin' visitors?
Variety "...Terrifically funny....Genuinely witty..." 06/19/1985
Dan O'Bannon
Clu Gulager
Cast & Crew
Clu Gulager - Actor
Dan O'Bannon - Director
Dan O'Bannon - Screenplay
Don Calfa - Actor
James Karen - Actor
John A. Russo - Based On Book By
John Daly - Executive Producer
Jules Brenner - Cinematographer
Matt Clifford - Original Music By
Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. - Actor
Robert Gordon - Editor
Robert Howland - Art Director
Tom Fox - Producer
William Stout - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1985
Catalog ID 111658
UPC 00027616085474
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 114 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Review As enjoyable as all of this is, I have to admit that I've never understood the cult that has formed around Return of the Living Dead...It's amiable enough, but nothing remarkable. As a horror film, it isn't remotely scary, aside from a few "boo" moments in which O'Bannon skillfully stages the action so that the eye is directed toward a specific part of the frame before being shocked by a zombie that jumps out somewhere else. And as a comedy, it's well acted by a collection of reliable industry veterans (Clu Gulager, James Karen) and appealing newcomers, but it isn't all that hysterically funny--Sam Raimi's Evil Dead, which came out two years earlier, is an infinitely more hilarious and intense combination of gory horror and slapstick humor. That said, millions of horror fans love Return of the Living Dead, which does have its strengths. O'Bannon's script may be a little short on creativity, but his direction is professional and inspired, and the aforementioned performances are pitch-perfect. Return also has one major innovation that later filmmakers like Danny Boyle (28 Days Later) and Zack Snyder (the Dawn of the Dead remake) picked up on for their zombie movies: instead of trudging along like Romero's sluggish zombies, the undead in this film move fast.
Reviewer Jim Hemphill
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Not many movies have the nerve to name their sources right there in the dialogue, so you can make your own comparisons. "Return of the Living Dead" makes no secret of its inspiration. The movie opens with a teenager going to work in one of those supply houses that ship cadavers and skeletons to scientists and, in no time at all, the man who runs the company is leaning over the desk and asking if the kid has ever seen "Night of the Living Dead." Because it wasn't just a movie, see? It was the truth...What's the bottom line on a movie like this? If you are below a certain age, I suppose it's scary, and the R rating is richly deserved. To hardened veterans of ghoul movies, however, a sort of connoisseurship develops. "Return" is a movie with some nice, droll opening scenes and the obligatory horrible climax. It doesn't make the mistake of "Day of the Dead" - talking too much. It's kind of a sensation-machine, made out of the usual ingredients, and the real question is whether it's done with style. It is.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Gulager,Clu
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News A funny, gore-spattered homage.
Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine A tongue-in-cheek, splatter-laden homage to George A. Romero's zombie pictures.
Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat A fresh and immensely entertaining take on the zombie genre...
The Washington Post A real scream for chiller fans!
Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central Turns a satirical eye on Reagan's hawkish heart, the sprung logic of Italian zombie movies, and John Hughes' brat-pack films.

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