The Return of the Living Dead
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Middle-aged family man Frank (Jim Karen) trains teenaged Freddy (Thom Matthews) for his new job at a medical supply warehouse. In an effort to impress and frighten his young charge, practical joker Frank reveals that the warehouse basement contains a cannister full of a mysterious chemical capable of bringing the dead back to life. It seems that the cannister fell off the back of an army truck during an accidental outbreak of zombiedom. Frank and Freddy unwittingly inhale the chemical and release it into the warehouse. Turning to the operator of a nearby crematorium for help in destroying the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"an icon of the 80s"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Bastard Son of a Prodigal Son: Interview on The Complete History of The Return of the Living Dead"
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"Equal parts horror and comedy, Return of the Living Dead finds success on both fronts."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
"A fresh and immensely entertaining take on the zombie genre"
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"A funny, gore-spattered homage."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"For pure eighties, punk rock, walking dead, brain eating mayhem, this is the film to watch."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Ed O'Bannon and John Russo may have intended The Return of the Living Dead as a comedy, but it's just too damn gory, too scary and too good to be dismissed as a zom com."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Effectively announces itself as a horror movie deliberately pitted against customary cinematic values."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"It's a shame that the franchise went straight to Campsville, because it had a good start."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Great re-interpretation of the Romero series. Scary in its hopelessness, funny in its extremity."
‑ Fred Topel,
"this overnight zombie apocalypse is a tongue-in-cheek brainload of hard-rocking fun."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"An amusing, punk variation on the familiar zombie theme."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"A tongue-in-cheek, splatter-laden homage to George A. Romero's zombie pictures."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"The definitive splatterpunk movie. Takes perverse delight in being disgusting. Dan O'Bannon's screenplay hits your funny bone with a meathook and doesn't let go."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"A beauty of a cult classic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
More reviews for The Return of the Living Dead on Rotten Tomatoes

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