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Return of the Living Dead II (1988)

Return of the Living Dead: Part II (original title)
Curious kids unearth the barrels that helped revive the dead of the first film, which proves the second time's an undead charm.

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In this first sequel to The Return of the Living Dead, a group of kids discover one of the drums containing a rotting corpse and release the 2-4-5 Trioxen gas into the air, causing the dead to once again rise from the grave and seek out brains. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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The issue of "Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man" that Jesse takes out of his comic-book box at the beginning of the movie is number 53, from April 1981. See more »

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(at around 9 mins) When Jesse falls through the coffin in the mausoleum, it is clearly a stunt double. Jesse has blond hair, while the double has dark brown. See more »

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Tarman: Brains! Brains! I want, live brain! Brains! Brains!
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References Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

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Monster Mash
Produced by Ken Scott
Written by Bobby Pickett and Leonard L. Capizzi (as Leonard Capizzi)
Publishers: Acoustic Music, Inc./Capizzi Music Co./Gary S. Paxton Music, Inc. (BMI)
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'Return of the Living Dead Part II'
23 April 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In this sequel to 'The Return of the Living Dead', three neighborhood kids stumble upon one of those army drums and accidently release the gas that revives the dead. What follows is basically the same horror mayhem as its predecessor. Zombies rise from the graveyard and remarkably manage to eat the brains of everyone except for the few people within which the movie revolves around. The two movies are pretty much similar in terms of content, but what is lacking this time around is freshness.

The first movie took a satirical approach to George Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead', and it worked in terms of humor and creepy fun. In this film, which is basically a carbon copy of the first, it is not quite as much fun. Rather, it seems to be more silly than funny. The script strains for humor throughout the movie, particularly in a scene in which the movie mocks Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video. But its flaws don't really matter because this is not the kind of movie to be taken seriously. I guess that it can be a decent movie to watch on a Halloween night.

Rating: (5/10)


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