The Return of the Living Dead

The Return of the Living Dead

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The dead rise from the grave, hungry for brains, and ready to party in this comedic take on the zombie apocalypse. More

When foreman Frank shows new employee Freddy a secret military experiment in a supply warehouse in Louisville, Kentucky, the two klutzes accidentally release a gas that reanimates corpses into flesh-eating zombies. As the epidemic spreads throughout the town, and the creatures satisfy their hunger in gory and outlandish ways, Frank and Freddy fight to survive with the help of their boss and a mysterious mortician.

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1985Rating: R91 minsUSAHemdale Film Corporation, Fox Films Ltd., Cinema 84, Orion Pictures
ComedyHorror

The Return of the Living Dead | Reviews

91%46 reviews

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The volume of stagy gore quickly reaches a point of diminishing returns.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

A fresh and immensely entertaining take on the zombie genre...

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Time Out

Time Out

An energetic cross-referencing of genre: not just a horror movie, but a comic apocalyptic zombie horror movie. O'Bannon has his cake, eats it, and then throws it up in the face of the audience.

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Variety

Variety

Director Dan O’Bannon deserves considerable credit for creating a terrifically funny first half-hour... greatly aided by the goofball performance of James Karen

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

A tongue-in-cheek, splatter-laden homage to George A. Romero's zombie pictures.

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