My Old Addiction

Return Of The Living Dead


(out of 5)

More of a spoof than a sequel, this film pokes royal fun at the zombie genre, inspired mainly by George Romero’s classic horror movie Night Of The Living Dead. Two morgue employees start more trouble than they realize when one of them boasts knowledge of the true story behind Romero’s film, telling the other that the army once developed a chemical that made dead bodies reanimate. In trying to harmlessly demonstrate proof of this,  ends up releasing a gas into the air that brings the entire town’s cemetary back to life, and they’re all hungry for human flesh, especially brains. Delightfully wry, this film features hilariously articulate zombies and magnificently stupid teenagers for a thoroughly entertaining adventure. Not that it’s all laughs: the film will provoke a few knee-jerk reactions as well, as effective in its horror (thanks especially to some wonderful makeup and visual effects) as it is in its humour.

Hemdale, Fox Films Ltd., Cinema ’84/Greenberg Brothers Partnership

USA, 1985

Directed by

Story by , , , Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by


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