The Return of the Living Dead (1985)


“When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.”


Nobody I know loves The Return of the Living Dead quite as much as I do, I am very sure of this.

I remember sneaking into a cinema which was on the aireforce base with my older brother when I was nine years of age. The “cinema” (if you could call it that) was chock-full with the local punk and whatnot from our little town (I guess this was a fine outing for them, being in a small town there wasn’t much else around!).

We sat at the back, and I enjoyed every second of my 91 minutes of joy which this film brought. It made me laugh (this film essentially is comedy underneath everything else), and I am pleased to say it introduced me to a lot of very cool bands such as Roky Erickson, TSOL, SSQ, The Cramps, The Flesh Eaters, 45 Grave, The Damned, Tall Boys and The Jet Black Berries. (All of whom I still am a fan of and follow closely).

I loved the “zombies” in this film, they are still probably my favorite (along-side Lucio Fulci’s amazing creations, but that’s for another review).

This film never takes itself seriously, and you shouldn’t either, do yourselves a favor and track down this, along with it’s incredible soundtrack (which I owned on cassette back in the day).



8 OUT OF 10 – I just wish it were longer!!




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