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Director:
Writers:
Rudy Ricci (story) &
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Release Date:
16 August 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They're Back From The Grave and Ready To Party!
Plot:
When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead become zombies. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Should be a cult classic See more (284 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clu Gulager ... Burt

James Karen ... Frank

Don Calfa ... Ernie

Thom Mathews ... Freddy

Beverly Randolph ... Tina

John Philbin ... Chuck
Jewel Shepard ... Casey

Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Spider (as Miguel Nunez)

Brian Peck ... Scuz

Linnea Quigley ... Trash
Mark Venturini ... Suicide

Jonathan Terry ... Colonel Glover
Cathleen Cordell ... Colonel's Wife
Drew Deighan ... Paramedic #1

James Dalesandro ... Paramedic #2
John Durbin ... Radio Corpse #1
David Bond ... Radio Corpse #2
Bob Libman ... Tac Squad Captain
John Stuart West ... Riot Cop #1

Michael Crabtree ... Riot Cop #2
Ed Krieger ... Riot Cop #3

Robert Craighead ... Cop #1
Paul Cloud ... Cop #2
Derrick Brice ... Gunnery Sergeant
Leigh Drake ... Dispatcher

Terrence Houlihan ... Yellow Cadaver (as Terrence M. Houlihan)

Allan Trautman ... Tarman
Robert J. Bennett ... Headless Tarman (as Robert Bennett)
Jerome 'Daniels' Coleman ... Legless Corpse
Cherry Davis ... ½ Lady Corpse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rick Askew ... Officer (uncredited)
Leslee Bremmer ... (uncredited)
Jason Novak ... Little Zombie (uncredited)

Dan O'Bannon ... Helicopter Loudspeaker Officer / Bum Outside Warehouse (voice) (uncredited)
Larry Odien ... Yellow Zombie (uncredited)
William Stout ... Bum with Shopping Cart (uncredited)
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Directed by
Dan O'Bannon 
 
Writing credits
Rudy Ricci (story) &
John A. Russo (story) (as John Russo) &
Russell Streiner (story)

Dan O'Bannon (screenplay)

Produced by
John Daly .... executive producer
Tom Fox .... producer
Derek Gibson .... executive producer
Graham Henderson .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Matt Clifford 
 
Cinematography by
Jules Brenner 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Gordon 
 
Casting by
Stanzi Stokes 
 
Production Design by
William Stout 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Howland 
 
Set Decoration by
Ken Kaufman 
Robert Lucas 
 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... special makeup effects
Yvette Bliss .... punk makeup artist
Craig Caton .... additional special makeup artist
Tony Gardner .... makeup artist: half-corpse effects
Wendy Hogan .... assistant makeup artist
Wendy Hogan .... hair stylist
William Munns .... special makeup effects artist
Kenny Myers .... additional special effects makeup
Robin L. Neal .... key makeup artist
Larry Odien .... additional special makeup artist
Tony Rupprecht .... additional special makeup artist
Michael Spatola .... additional makeup effects artist
Douglas J. White .... additional special makeup artist
 
Production Management
Michael Bennett .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Javine .... second assistant director
Josh King .... second assistant director
David M. Robertson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Barbara Benz .... property master
Michael Gastaldo .... lead man
Clayton Hartley .... assistant art director
Héctor López .... set dresser
Brian Pascall .... stand-by painter
Frederick B. Van Brunt .... assistant property master
Sara Lee Wade .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Stanley B. Gill .... sound recordist
Robert Jackson .... boom operator
Adam Johnston .... assistant sound editor
Dale Johnston .... supervising sound editor
Ron Judkins .... sound mixer
Bob Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Ray West .... sound re-recording mixer
Jerry Whittington .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Kevin McCarthy .... special effects foreman (as Kevin F. McCarthy)
Robert E. McCarthy .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
John Huneck .... visual effects camera operator: Fantasy II
Leslie Huntley .... visual effects supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Michael Joyce .... model shop supervisor
Paul Kassler .... model maker: Fantasy II Film Effects
Pete Kleinow .... visual effects supervisor (as Peter Kleinow)
Ken Marschall .... matte painting: Fantasy II Film Effects
Bret Mixon .... rotoscoping
Gary Rhodaback .... model maker: Fantasy II Film Effects
Joe Viskocil .... nuclear explosion (as Joseph Viskocil)
Gene Warren Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Blair Burrows .... stunts
Hank Calia .... stunts
Michael Carr .... stunts
Fernando Celis .... stunts
Erik Cord .... stunt coordinator
Monty Cox .... stunts
Gardner Doolittle .... stunts
Ralph Garrett .... stunts
John Gillespie .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Gary Jensen .... stunts
Kim Robert Koscki .... stunts & stunt driver (as Kim Koscki)
Joel Kramer .... stunts
Paula Marie Moody .... stunts (as Paula Moody)
Bruce W. Morgan .... stunts (as Bruce Morgan)
Bernie Pock .... stunts (as Bernhard Pock)
Byron Quisenberry .... stunts
Spiro Razatos .... stunts
Ray Saniger .... stunts
Bob Stephens .... stunts (as Norm Stephens)
Ethan Wayne .... stunts
Brian J. Williams .... stunts
Ben Jensen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert L. Blatman .... assistant camera
John Earl Burnett .... first assistant camera: additional photography (as John Burnett)
Marty Carrillo .... best boy
Andreas Crawford .... grip
Rory Flynn .... still photographer
Mark Hadland .... grip
Michael E. Little .... first assistant: camera
Julio Macat .... assistant camera
Timothy 'Guido' Magaraci .... electrician
Richard Mall .... key grip
Frank Montoya .... best boy
Ed Nielsen .... camera operator
Ronald J. Pure Jr. .... electrician
Jesse Tango .... grip (as Jess Tango)
 
Casting Department
Lucien Jervis .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lesley Levin .... costume designer: extras
Raggs .... wardrobe
Beverly Val-Brown .... wardrobe (as Beverly Valbrown)
 
Editorial Department
Alexis Champlin .... additional assistant editor
Julie Feiner .... assistant editor
Mark Helfrich .... additional editor
Vivian Hengsteler .... negative cutter
Dan Muscarella .... color timer (as Daniel F. Muscarella)
John Penney .... second assistant editor
Barbara Pokras .... additional editor
Hilarie Roope .... additional assistant editor
Michael Ruscio .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Budd Carr .... music consultant
William Hein .... music consultant: Enigma
Simon Heyworth .... music producer: Film Trax
Steve Pross .... music consultant: Enigma
Robert Randles .... composer: additional music
Robert Randles .... music supervisor
Emilie Robertson .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Jason Belsky .... transportation captain
George Cozze .... driver
Richard Padgett .... transportation coordinator
Ronald Stinton .... driver (as Ron Stinton)
 
Other crew
Christena Alcorn .... script supervisor
Jo Barnett .... assistant production accountant
Don Bland .... production assistant: Image 3
A. Frederick Greenberg .... copyright owner (as Cinema '84)
Richard M. Greenberg .... copyright owner (as Cinema '84)
Alan Grodin .... legal services: Cooper, Epstein & Hurewitz
Alexander Hendrie .... location manager
Jerome Holder .... craft service
Robert Jellen .... insurance (as Bob Jellen)
Grahame Jennings .... production associate (as Graham Jennings)
Victoria Krieger .... assistant to producers
Edwin A. Locke Jr. .... copyright owner (as Cinema '84)
Richard Lorenzana .... production accountant
Michael Mersereau .... production assistant
Karen Altman Morgenstern .... production coordinator
Pattison Newberry .... first aid
Jane A. Pahlman .... production assistant: Image 3
Julius Polk .... extras set coordinator
Brick Tilley .... stand-in/double
Timothy R. Waters .... consulting mortician
Lynnanne Zager .... adr voice (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Return of the Living Dead" - USA (video box title)
"'Batallion'" - Japan (English title)
"Battalion" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-18 (2002) | Finland:(Banned) (1985) | France:-12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2011) (uncut) | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut) (2004) | Iceland:(Banned) | Italy:VM14 (new rating) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | Norway:(Banned) (1985-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/18 (Qualidade) | South Korea:12 (1989) (cut) | Spain:13 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (video premiere) (cut) (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The nuclear cannon at the end of the film was actually a WWII German Howitzer.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1 hr 13 mins) When Frank is going to cremate himself, he turns up the fire in the crematorium, and then climbs on the slate. He then pushes the slate inside the crematorium. He does not scream in pain from the burning flames which have been burning him for more than a few seconds, and he even hesitates slightly before reaching outside the door to press the button to lower it.See more »
Quotes:
Freddy:[to Tina] Gee... And now you made me hurt myself again! You made me break my hand completely off this time Tina! But I don't care Darlin', because I love you, and you've got to let me EAT YOUR BRAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIINS! WHERE ARE YOU!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hallucinations (1986) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love Under WillSee more »

FAQ

Is this film a sequel to "Night of the Living Dead" (1968)?
What movies are in the "Dead" series (and which aren't)?
What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Workprint?
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46 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Should be a cult classic, 11 December 2003
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Back in 1985 this movie was deemed "unreleasable" by its studio. They (purportedly) re cut it and quietly opened it. To their surprise it was a sizable hit leading to two sequels. I saw it twice when it came out--this movie REALLY delivers the goods to horror fans.

It starts off by saying all the events in this movie are true (???). It focuses on 2 warehouse workers played by Thom Mathews and James Karen. It turns out that the movie "Night of the Living Dead" was based on fact and the dead bodies are stored in the basement in air tight canisters with some gas keeping them asleep. One of the canisters breaks open, the dead guy comes to life and all hell breaks loose. Also, the gas leaks into a graveyard next door and all the dead people come to life...hungry for brains! And how about that group of punk kids hanging out in the graveyard--including Linnea Quigley who spends 99.9% of her screen time nude? Also, unlike "Night of..." these zombies move FAST and bullets don't hurt them...

This movie is strange. It pays homage to old zombie horror flicks and goes of on its own direction. The annoying, constantly swearing bunch of punk kids are only there to be victims--and they inexplicably have an innocent, sweet girl with them--Tina played by Beverly Randolph. The first half is very funny--expertly mixing laughs with some truly scary, gory moments. The laughs disappear completely for the second half. Then on in its a gore show and VERY disturbing. It's moves extremely quick, there are tons of people killed, the number of zombies is incredible, the special effects are great and the blood goes flying. But the change from humor to horror is jarring and some of the stuff at the end is VERY disturbing (Karens and Mathews' slow deaths are very upsetting and painful to watch and hear).

This movie is also helped by good acting. The punk kids are by the numbers (except for Randolph who is kind of fun), but Mathews is good and Karen and Gulager are hilarious in their respective roles. They all play it reasonably straight and it helps.

Gory, scary, funny--a definite must-see for horror fans. This film deserves more recognition than it's gotten.

Best line: "I think things are getting a little out of hand."

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