The Return of the Living Dead
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

When a mysterious military chemical gets into the atmosphere it ends up soaking into a cemetery down in bayou land and the bodies are brought to life. It seems that after their healthy snoozes, these creeps have developed quite an appetite,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 16, 1985
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

[Return of the Living Dead] stood the test of time because it blended real scares and a few honest-to-goodness, heart-wrenching moments in with its humor.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

an icon of the 80s

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Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The makeup effects are tremendous, and Calfa and especially Karen are hilarious as working stiffs (no pun intended) who end up fighting for their lives. It's just too bad the ending is so abrupt and unsatisfying.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

For pure eighties, punk rock, walking dead, brain eating mayhem, this is the film to watch.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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.

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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot

Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead is a classic of the zombie genre that delivers a good laugh with its silly, over-the-top nature, while also giving you several thrills along the way.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

this overnight zombie apocalypse is a tongue-in-cheek brainload of hard-rocking fun.

Steve Biodrowski

An amusing, punk variation on the familiar zombie theme.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The first and probably the best of the 'Return' horror comedies depending on your opinion of course (although the second is pretty good). I think most… More
Tim Salmons
The Return of the Living Dead is one of those guilty pleasure movies that's actually much smarter in its satire and wit than one might expect. I love it… More
Tyler Robertson
I'm still waiting for a zombie film where bathsalts are the cause for the living dead, but I guess we'll have to make due with what we have right now.… More
Summer W.
100% ridiculous crap.
xGary Xx
A pair of medical supply warehouse workers accidentally release an experimental toxin which causes the dead to rise from the grave and feast on the brains of… More
Aj V
This zombie movie is so bad it's brilliant, I really liked it, and if you like zombie movies you'll enjoy it. It's gory and cheesy, and a lot of… More