The Return of the Living Dead (1985) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

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  • Release Date:  1985
  • Genre:  Comedy, Zombie
  • Director:  Dan O’Bannon
  • Screenwriter:  Dan O’Bannon, John A. Russo, Rudy Ricci, Russell Streiner
  • Cast & Crew: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, John Philbin, Jewel Shepard, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Brian Peck, Linnea Quigley, Mark Venturini, Jonathan Terry, Cathleen Cordell, Drew Deighan, James Dalesandro

The Return of the Living Dead (1985) Rating:

  • Dylan = 9.5 / 10;
  • Eloise = 9 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.4 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 7.9 / 10

The Return of the Living Dead (1985) Synopsis:

Two employees from a medical supply shop accidentally release a gas that brings every dead thing back to life.

The Return of the Living Dead (1985) Review:

This classic of the zombie genre is also one of the most popular horror comedies from the 80’s. In many ways, The Return of the Living Dead is the ancestor of the modern black comedies such as Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland.

The question is whether it is still watchable nowadays? The answer is yes, definitely. The makeup and special effects are surprisingly convincing for a film that is 30 years old. The action is great, with lots of cool close-ups and fun camera effects and, most importantly, there are lots of beautiful and gruesome-looking zombies.

Actually they are not technically zombies since they can talk, answer, use tools, etc. So technically speaking they are undead instead of real zombie. Also they do not die when their brain is damaged, and instead every dead part of their bodies remains alive until the very end. This gives the film a great freedom that is used very cleverly to create plenty of very unique and memorable scenes.

The film is hilarious from start to end, a great piece of black humor with lots of guts!

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