Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)

5 / 5
Tagline: They're Back From The Grave and Ready To Party!
Directed By: Dan O'Bannon
Written By: Dan O'Bannon, Rudy Ricci, John A. Russo, Russel Streiner
Actors Include: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Length: 91 minutes
Banned: Finland
Country: USA

This has to be one of the best zombie films ever made, and it's kind of based around "Night Of The Living Dead" but I'm sure you already knew that. Well actually it's based around the idea that the movie happened but it's not a "sequel" as such. It's a highly hilarious and original film filled with some tense moments, some gore and rabid weasels? Okay well you'll have to watch to see what I'm talking about. Truthfully I'm a bit of a hard sell on the horror-comedy genre most of the time, but this one is without a doubt for everyone, and undeniably great. This is one of the best zombie movies I've ever seen in fact. The plot is pretty simple, the army had a bunch of vats left after the zombies happened, and this guy at a medical supply store just happened to find it and he keeps it in the basement. By accident they puncture this thing and then the vapors penetrate the air and the gas happens to reanimate the dead. Watching the items in the supply store come to life is a real hoot. The movie from this point on is mainly watching them try and get rid of the zombies, but the zombies speak and even lure in their own prey. These are zombies to be afraid of (or laugh at depends) but they are well done no matter how you view it. Also involved in this story are the supply store's assistant and his punk friends who happen to be waiting for him out in the cemetery. I won't tell any more but if you haven't seen this I can most definitely state that you are missing out!

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