The Return of the Living Dead (1985) Poster


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Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Frank and Freddie talk about the movie. Also, the "third step" of the steps leading down to the basement is broken, referencing the step that Ben (Duane Jones) fell through in Night of the Living Dead.
Sesame Street (1969) (TV Series)
two characters are called Ernie & Bert
The Crazies (1973)
The main character from The Crazies is told that the disease might be spreading to Louisville. This is the same place where the events of this film take place. The contagion in The Crazies is called Trixie, similar to the nerve agent called Trioxin 2-4-5.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
The funeral home's chapel is named "Chapel of the Dawn"
Zombie (1979)
Corpses rising from their graves like in this film.
The Shining (1980)
Broken door scene is referenced.
Nightmare City (1980)
Fast zombies are used again in this movie.
A Christmas Story (1983)
Using the word fudge as an euphemism for the word fuck

Referenced in 

Evil Laugh (1986)
Barney is wearing a "More Brains" pin on his shirt.
Hallucinations (1986) (Video)
A poster for this film is hanging in the bedroom.
The Monster Squad (1987)
poster seen at club house
Remote Control (1988)
Poster is shown in a video store.
Night of the Demons (1988)
Similar scene of a freshly disembodied hand lunging out on the floor and grabbing somebody's leg
Zombi 3 (1988)
In Zombi 3 they burn the body of an infested man as they do in the return of the living dead. This causes the dead to wake and make people in to zombies. Several other references are included as well.
Ghoulies II (1988)
The zombies from the Return of the Living Dead poster are painted on the one of the inside walls of the Satan's Den attraction in Ghoulies 2.
976-EVIL (1988)
One of the bullies is wearing a t-shirt with the movie's logo.
Doogie Howser, M.D.: Revenge of the Teenage Dead (1990) (TV Episode)
The episode's title is a pun on the movie's title.
Braindead (1992)
Tromeo and Juliet (1996)
Movie Poster visible
Under Wraps (1997) (TV Movie)
Marshall tells Gilbert that zombies eat brains
Blood (1997) (Video Game)
The zombies say "brains" and "more brains" when they chase the player.
Girls of the 'B' Movies (1998) (Video)
Linnea Quigley mentions it.
Monstervision: The Return of the Living Dead/Jaws 2 (1999) (TV Episode)
Linnea Quigley guest stars.
The Simpsons: Little Big Mom (2000) (TV Episode)
When Homer & Bart think they have leprosy and try to get into the Flanders' house, they start clawing through the letter box and shouting "Brains!" because the "leprosy" makes them look like zombies. The scene is also filmed much like the 3rd act of this movie.
Children of the Living Dead (2001) (Video)
refers to zombie outbreak of 1986
Night of the Living Doo (2001) (TV Short)
Several references are made to the zombies eating brains.
Resident Evil (2002)
Frasier: Tales from the Crypt (2002) (TV Episode)
Frasier mentions that zombies eat brains
Ultrachrist! (2003)
Borrows the famous line "how do you kill something that's already dead?"
Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick (2003) (Video Game)
There is a poster in the game referencing it
The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) (Video Game)
Level title: "Return of the Nearly-Dead"
Demon Summer (2003) (Video)
Title seen on shirt
Something to Scream About (2003) (Video)
Photograph of Linnea Quigley is shown.
Corpses Are Forever (2004) (Video)
the zombies ask for "Brains"
My Demon Nights (2004) (Video)
Creepies (2004) (Video)
a subplot about the two employees who uncover a canister with the spiders inside.
Danger! 50,000 Zombies! (2004) (Short)
At one point Nick immitates a zombie by shouting "Brains! Brains! Human brains!" This is a reference to this film which is the only movie (not including it's sequels) to have brain-eating zombies who shout "Brains!"
Breakfast of Imbeciles (2005) (Video)
Chachi On Acid song ressurection cemetery which is featured in the movie is based upon the film "return of the living dead".
Robot Chicken: The Deep End (2005) (TV Episode)
a zombie says "brains"
The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)
"Don't you have any respect for the dead?" - line used in both films when one of the characters engages in sexual activity
Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005)
The "Send more security guards." line is a reference.
Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave (2005)
The Tarman zombie cameo is a homage to the first two movies, in which he appeared.
Stubbs the Zombie in 'Rebel Without a Pulse' (2005) (Video Game)
This game uses the idea of zombies eating brains like in the movie.
Masters of Horror: Homecoming (2005) (TV Episode)
a man comments on the zombies eating brains
Horror Business (2005) (Video)
Video case is shown.
Family Guy: I Take Thee, Quagmire (2006) (TV Episode)
Mayor West says he has all coffins encased in concrete as he's scared of zombies followed by "You'll be happy when noone eats our brains", this is a reference to Return of the Living Dead as Return of the Living Dead is the only zombie movie to feature brain-eating zombies (not counting the sequels), in most zombie films they just eat human flesh.
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (Video)
Video case is shown.
The Slaughter (2006)
zombie says "I want to eat your brains."
Skeleton Key (2006) (Video)
the zombies call out "Brains!"
Deadlands: The Rising (2006)
A police officer in Deadlands uses the same call sign Bravo 751, The police officers in Return part 1 use the same call sign
Die and Let Live (2006)
verbal reference
To kokkino domatio: I nyhta (2006) (TV Episode)
When Darkness Falls (2006)
Reference to brain-eating zombies
Undead or Alive: A Zombedy (2007)
brain-eating zombies mentioned
Grindhouse (2007)
in both this film and "Planet Terror", the military is responsible for the release of a toxin that turns people into non-traditional zombies & are both splatter comedys about zombies.
Return of the Living Dead: The Dead Have Risen (2007) (Video)
retrospective documentary on the making of this film.
Pushing Daisies: Pie-lette (2007) (TV Episode)
comment about zombies eating brains
Aaah! Zombies!! (2007)
zombie eats brains
Brain Dead (2007)
brain eating zombies
Dance of the Dead (2008)
Zombie says "Brains", green mist that makes dead laboratory/research animals come alive, toxic contamination causing the dead to rise.
Deadlands 2: Trapped (2008)
The zombies ambush a roadblock full of Police officers
Yes Man (2008)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Dark House (2009)
zombies are called "brain eaters"
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XX (2009) (TV Episode)
Once infected, Homer has an appertite for brains. The only zombie films to feature zombies which eat brains are the Return of the Living Dead films.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Cemetery Man (2009) (TV Episode)
James comments that Cemetery Man isn't as funny as this movie.
Defective Man! (2009)
"Trioxin 245" Cleaning Product
The Dellville Witch (2009) (Video)
Line of dialogue: "Send more paramedics."
The Middle: The Break-Up (2010) (TV Episode)
comment about zombies eating brains
Night of the Punks (2010) (Short)
Punk band in the film references the film.
Fallout: New Vegas (2010) (Video Game)
Red-haired, death-obsessed woman named Trash, whom the player finds dead in a shack beside the old nuclear test site,
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXI (2010) (TV Episode)
joke about a zombie eating brains
Mars Needs Moms (2011)
comment that "zombies eat brains"
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
Following the "Dawn of the Dead" comment, Popper asserts that he is eating brains and taking names.
United States of Tara: The Good Parts (2011) (TV Episode)
"brain hungry zombies"
Monster Brawl (2011)
Mentioned that Zombie Man eats brains
Spooky Buddies (2011) (Video)
Zombies eating brains are mentioned, which originated in Return of the Living Dead
Resurrected Settings: The Filming Locations Today (2011) (Video)
Documentary About the Making
The Simpsons: The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants (2011) (TV Episode)
zombie eats Bart's brain
Hagan Reviews: Zombeak (2012) (TV Episode)
"Spider from Return of the Living Dead..."
Detention of the Dead (2012)
There is a Return of The Living Dead ad on the back of the magazine Jimmy is reading in the library
Holliston: Weekend of Horrors: Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Joe is wearing a "Return of the Living Dead" t-shirt for most of the episode.
Slaughter Tales (2012)
A character wears a "Return of the Living Dead" t-shirt
Gangsters, Guns & Zombies (2012)
references to brain eating zombies
Dead Before Dawn 3D (2012)
Mentioned that zombies eat brains
The Cinema Snob: Hack-O-Lantern (2012) (TV Episode)
"Hey babe, care to be extras in Return of the Living Dead with me?"
The Simpsons: Homer Goes to Prep School (2013) (TV Episode)
Reference to brain-eating zombies
Robot Chicken: Robot Fight Accident (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned that zombies eat brains
Hard Time, the Making of Prison (2013) (Video)
Bones: The Fact in the Fiction (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned that zombies eat brains
Rewind This! (2013)
DVD and video case are shown.
Rapture-Palooza (2013)
Zombie mentioned eating brains
Space Vampires in London with Tobe Hooper (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time (2013) (Video Game)
The zombies say "Braaains" which is a characteristic created by this film.
Stalled (2013)
The zombies say "brains".
The World's End: The Making of 'Day of the Dead' (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIV (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in credits
Birth of the Living Dead (2013)
DVD is shown.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Day of the Dead (2013) (TV Episode)
another living-dead movie from 1985
Supernatural: Slumber Party (2013) (TV Episode)
Charlie mentions zombies eating brains
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Night of the Living Dead: Full Length Commentary (2013) (TV Episode)
James comments that cremating the zombies in this movie didn't work after hearing a character suggesting to cremate the zombies.
Adjust Your Tracking (2013)
Video case is shown.
The Cinema Snob: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2014) (TV Episode)
"Looks like everything turned into a Return of the Living Dead cast party."
Golan the Insatiable: Escape to Tooth Mountain (2014) (TV Episode)
Dylan, her loose tooth bleeding, pretends to be a brain-craving zombie.
Missing Reel: Zombies! (2014) (TV Episode)
Poster is shown
Buzzard (2014)
French poster shown on Marty's wall
Bob's Burgers: The Frond Files (2014) (TV Episode)
The zombies in Tina's story eat brains
Z Nation: Fracking Zombies (2014) (TV Episode)
Comment that zombies like brains
The Houses October Built (2014)
Mentioned that zombies eat brains
Bloodworks: Greg Nicotero & the Walking Dead (2014) (TV Episode)
Scott mentions having to audition his zombie walk to make sure he wasn't going to shamble around moaning "Brains!" like the zombies in Dan O' Bannon's punk masterpiece.
iZombie: Pilot (2015) (TV Episode)
Zombies that eat brains
It Was Alright in the 70s: Fear in the 80s (2015) (TV Episode)
Video box shown in archive clip.
Day of the Living Dead (2016) (Short)
Slobodchikov talk about this movie.
The Flash: The Runaway Dinosaur (2016) (TV Episode)
Cisco refers to zombies eating brains.
Esteros (2016)
Character says that it is "one of the best zombie movies in the universe."
24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters (2016)
DVD cover shown
The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far (2016) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Greg Nicotero.
Blood Drive: Steel City Nightfall (2017) (TV Episode)
245 Trioxin is the (fictional) chemical that seeped into the ground water supply causing the creation of the Glimmers. It's the same chemical responsible for creating the zombies in Return of the Living Dead.
Révolution VHS (2017) (TV Movie)
Part of the video cover is shown
The Cinema Snob: Hi-Tops (2017) (TV Episode)
"Louie invites her to come with him to watch Linnea Quigley strip naked in a cemetary."
Housewife Alien vs. Gay Zombie (2017)
Line "Send more brains"

Featured in 

Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990) (Video)
Footage shown of Linnea Quigley's character in the film.
Future Shock (1994)
Jenny watches the movie on TV.
100 Years of Horror: Scream Queens (1996) (TV Episode)
100 Years of Horror: Zombies (1996) (TV Episode)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Return of the Living Dead (2009) (TV Episode)
The movie that's being review for this episode along with some clips.
Svengoolie: The Return of the Living Dead (2010) (TV Episode)
Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era (2011)
Linnea Quigley mentions it. Also, video case, poster, photographs and footage of this movie are shown.
More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead (2011) (Video)
Clips shown
They Won't Stay Dead: A Look at Return of the Living Dead Part II (2011) (Video)
documentary about the making-of
Hagan Reviews: Chopping Mall (2012) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Party Time (2012) (Short)
Clips shown.
The FX of the Living Dead (2012) (Short)
Clips shown.
The Origins of the Living Dead (2012) (Short)
Clips shown.
Blood and Guts with Scott Ian: Tony Gardner and Alterian Inc (2013) (TV Episode)
The half-corpse that Tony Gardner created is shown in action.
Trailer Trauma 3: '80s Horror-Thon (2017) (Video)
The film's theatrical trailer is featured.


Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) (TV Series)
A group of teenagers running through a house, chased by zombies, with 60s-influenced rock-music playing over the scene

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Freakshow (1989)
In the 4th story, much like how the zombies of Return of the Living Dead scream "Brains!", the zombies here scream "Dirt!"
The Resurrection of Michael Myers Part 2 (1989) (Video)
"Brains!" uttered by the zombie doctor.
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror III (1992) (TV Episode)
Segment "Dial Z for Zombies" spoofs this film.
South Park: Pinkeye (1997) (TV Episode)
The zombies follow the specific zombie rules from this movie (eat brains, etc) and are brought to life by a chemical as in this movie. A scene of a two people being diagnosed with the symptoms of being dead is also incredibly similar to one from this film.
The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) (Video Game)
The zombies are based on the very specific ones from this film (eat brains, can talk) and are raised with the use of a chemical.
Happy Tree Friends: Remains to Be Seen (2003) (TV Episode)
zombies come out of the ground and crave brains
South Park: The Jeffersons (2004) (TV Episode)
When Mr. Jefferson's face starts melting, he strongly resembles the Tar Man zombie. Also, the "vertigo effect" when Stan, Kyle, and Blanket see Jefferson with a melted face is a parody of the instance when Tina first sees Tar Man.
Robot Chicken: Cracked China (2006) (TV Episode)
man is confused by zombies saying they want "brains"
South Park: Night of the Living Homeless (2007) (TV Episode)
the homeless want and ask for "change" in the same way that zombies want "brains"
The Simpsons: Days of Future Future (2014) (TV Episode)
Homeless zombies want brains

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