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The Return of the Living Dead (1985) Poster

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References 

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 they're 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 

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.
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.
Dead Alive (1992)
Tromeo and Juliet (1996)
Movie Poster visible
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
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"
Corpses Are Forever (2004) (Video)
the zombies ask for "Brains"
My Demon Nights (2004) (Video)
Photo
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"
Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005)
The "Send more security guards." line is a reference.
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
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)
dialogue
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
Wasting Away (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
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 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.
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
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..."
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
Bones: The Fact in the Fiction (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned that zombies eat brains
Rewind This! (2013)
Video case and DVD are shown.
Rapture-Palooza (2013)
Zombie mentioned eating brains
Space Vampires in London with Tobe Hooper (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
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.
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."
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

Featured in 

Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990) (Video)
Footage shown of Linnea Quigley's character in the film.
Future Shock (1994)
100 Years of Horror: Scream Queens (1996) (Video)
clips
100 Years of Horror: Zombies (1996) (Video)
clips
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.
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
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.

Spoofs 

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

Spoofed in 

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.
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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