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The Return of the Living Dead -- Two employees of a medical supply company accidentally release a toxic gas that raises up the dead.  Soon the town is overrun with flesh-eating residents of the local cemetery who are hungry...for human brains.
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Release Date:
16 August 1985 (USA) See more »
They're Back From The Grave and Ready To Party!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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)

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
Carl Ramsey .... poster artist
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
Tom Ruff .... a.d.r. 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
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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91 min | USA:108 min (Workprint Version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:(Banned) | 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) | Ireland:18 | 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 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2011) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (video premiere) (cut) (original rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Richard P. Rubinstein of Laurel Entertainment didn't want people to think this film was part of George A. Romero's "Living Dead" series. He even got an injunction to stop them from using "Living Dead" in the title. But the MPAA arbitrators ruled in favor of the movie's producers.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: (at around 1 hr 8 mins) At the moment when Ernie slaps Spider in the embalming room look to the left of Ernie. You can see just the head and back of someone under the embalming table who is mostly hidden by the sheet covering the end of the table. This person (puppeteer?) is most probably there to operate the half woman skeleton on top of the embalming table.See more »
Spider:I ain't in no mood to die tonight.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Houses October Built (2014)See more »
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Is this film a sequel to "Night of the Living Dead" (1968)?
What movies are in the "Dead" series (and which aren't)?
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47 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
What every horror comedy wants to be, 19 December 2003
Author: Apollyon_Crash from Meridian, MS, USA

"Return of the Living Dead" is an often hilarious, often frightening, often disgusting, and always entertaining horror comedy. The cast is great, the dialogue is snappy and very quotable, and the special effects still hold up very well, nearly 20 years after the film's release. Fans of the horror genre, 1980s buffs, or just folks who enjoy something different occasionally will most likely get a kick out of it.


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