MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 432 this week

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  16 August 1985 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 35,211 users  
Reviews: 290 user | 177 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story) (as John Russo) , 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 18 May 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 04 Apr 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 01 Jan 2014
 
a list of 40 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 39 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

The Return of the Living Dead (1985) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Return of the Living Dead.

User Polls

4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Having recently witnessed the horrific results of a top secret project to bring the dead back to life, a distraught youth performs the operation on his girlfriend after she's killed in a motorcycle accident.

Director: Brian Yuzna
Stars: Kent McCord, James T. Callahan, Sarah Douglas
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.

Director: Tom Savini
Stars: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

A group of teenagers who, in an attempt to rescue their friend from an evil corporation, end up releasing a horde of blood thirsty zombies.

Director: Ellory Elkayem
Stars: Aimee-Lynn Chadwick, Cory Hardrict, John Keefe
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

A college student creates a drug called "Z" and sells it on campus, inadvertently resurrecting the living dead, who wreak havoc at a Halloween rave.

Director: Ellory Elkayem
Stars: Peter Coyote, Aimee-Lynn Chadwick, Cory Hardrict
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger
Re-Animator (1985)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
Zombie (1979)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Strangers looking for a woman's father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Curious kids unearth the barrels that helped revive the dead of the first film, which proves the second time's an undead charm.

Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Stars: James Karen, Thom Mathews, Michael Kenworthy
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker
Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: John Leguizamo, Asia Argento, Simon Baker
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Jewel Shepard ...
...
Spider (as Miguel Nunez)
...
...
Mark Venturini ...
...
Cathleen Cordell ...
Colonel's Wife
Drew Deighan ...
Paramedic #1
...
Paramedic #2
Edit

Storyline

When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage through Louisville, Kentucky seeking their favorite food, brains. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They're Back From The Grave and Ready To Party!

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of the Living Dead  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Thom Mathews got his ear pierced for his role as Freddy. See more »

Goofs

Although the titles and characters mention the setting as Louisville, Kentucky, the skyline of downtown L.A., including the much-photographed dome of City Hall, is clearly visible as the crew cruise toward the warehouse early on in the film. See more »

Quotes

Suicide: You think this is a fuckin' costume? This is a way of life.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The following phony disclaimer precedes the movie: "The events portrayed in this film are all true. The names are real names of real people and real organizations." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tromeo and Juliet (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Dead Beat Dance
Performed by The Damned
Composed by The Damned
Produced by The Damned
(Used in original film and HBO Video Release, but not in Hemdale's 1991 Release)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

10/10
29 August 2004 | by (Parts Unknown) – See all my reviews

The best $10 dollars I ever spent was buying The Return of the Living Dead on DVD!

This is such a kick ass zombie movie its my favorite I enjoy this movie more than "Dawn of the Dead" the best thing about this flick is the outstanding cast I love everyone in this movie they made it all happen with Dan O'Bannon and the crew Return of the Living Dead is a classic point-blank!

Overall IMO this is the best horror/comedy movie of all time I think its tops Evil Dead everything this movie is a must see it still kicks ass after so many years.

10/10


37 of 59 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Creepiest Scariest thatoneuglyguy
100 things you learned from ROTLD moldwarrior
I'd like an explanation... thelittleclown
Why Do People Hate The Ending? killbill224
which DVD/Blu-Ray of this should I buy? zyggums
book by john russo samandthe
Discuss The Return of the Living Dead (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?