Return of the Living Dead II Movie Rating, Synopsis, Review

Return of the Living Dead II Movie

Return of the Living Dead Part II is a 1988 Hollywood zombie comedy horror film written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn, and starring Michael Kenworthy, Marsha Dietlein, Dana Ashbrook, Thom Mathews, James Karen, and Phil Bruns. It is the first of four sequels to The Return of the Living Dead. Here we are introducing the details of Return of the Living Dead II Movie Rating, Synopsis, Review.

  • Release Date:  1988
  • Genre:  Comedy, Zombie
  • Director:  Ken Wiederhorn
  • Screenwriter:  Ken Wiederhorn

Return of the Living Dead II Movie Rating, Synopsis, Review:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 3 / 10;


A group of kids opens military barrels from which escape a deadly substance that both kills and later revive the dead.


Directed by Ken Wiederhorn (Shock Waves), this sequel to the awesome classic Return of the Living Dead(1985) inherited from the original, in my opinion, more drawbacks than qualities. Similar to the first movie in that it is primarily a comedy, the best part of this sequel is the zombies themselves. They are really well-made, funny, and their constant craving for the brain is hilarious.

But to fun, there wasn’t much else to be enjoyed about this one. The over-exaggerated acting, so typical of horror-comedy from the ’80s, is here pushed way too far beyond what’s bearable. Some of the actors are constantly screaming and are just too irritating for the viewer to remain focused on the movie itself. Not that is much to focus on anyway, the movie is an accumulation of poorly made action scenes with no story whatsoever.

I still found the first half of it genuinely funny, but it quickly gets really repetitive. After the initial excitation wore off, the second half bored me to death.

Return of the Living Dead II (1988) Cast:

Michael KenworthyMichael KenworthyJesse Wilson
Thor Van LingenThor Van LingenBilly
Jason HoganJason HoganJohnny
James KarenJames KarenEd
Thom MathewsThom MathewsJoey
Suzanne SnyderSuzanne SnyderBrenda
Marsha DietleinMarsha DietleinLucy Wilson
Hanala SagalHanala SagalAerobics Instructor (as Suzan Stadner)
Jonathan TerryJonathan TerryColonel (as Jonathon Terry)
Dana AshbrookDana AshbrookTom Essex
Sally SmytheSally SmytheBilly’s Mom
Allan TrautmanAllan TrautmanTarman
Don MaxwellDon MaxwellBilly’s Dad
Reynold CindrichReynold CindrichSoldier
Philip BrunsPhilip BrunsDoc Mandel


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