Return of the Living Dead II (1988)
"Return of the Living Dead: Part II" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  15 January 1988 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Kenworthy ...
Jason Hogan ...
Aerobics Instructor (as Suzan Stadner)
Colonel (as Jonathon Terry)
Sally Smythe ...
Don Maxwell ...
Billy's Dad
Reynold Cindrich ...
Philip Bruns ...


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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Just when you thought it was safe to be dead. See more »


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$9,205,924 (USA)

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Despite having directed several horror pictures, director Ken Wiederhorn was not a fan of the horror genre. Many cast and crew members expressed in interviews that they were displeased with his lack of enthusiasm towards the project. See more »


Ed hits Doc Mandel with the bedpan on the right side of the head, but Doc puts his hand to the left side, and later has a band-aid on the left side of his head. See more »


Ed: You're right, there's a chill in the air tonight. Fifty-eight years old, can't be too careful in this weather.
Joey: [pointing to coffin] Yeah, you'll end up in one of those.
Ed: Uh-uh. Not me. You'll never find me in one of these. I'm gonna get me cremated.
Joey: You're just afraid that some old creep like you is gonna come along and steal your head.
Ed: Watch your tongue, boy, if you like this job!
Joey: Like this job?
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Flesh To Flesh
Performed by Lamont
Written by Joe Lamont and Brian Cadd
Produced by David Kitay and Joe Lamont
Front Wheel Music, Inc./Montal Music/Fairy Dust Music/Marblehead Music
Recording courtesy of Island Records
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Awful, just awful
14 May 2001 | by (Provo, Utah) – See all my reviews

I rented all three "Return of the Living Dead" movies and watched them the same night. The first one wasn't bad and the third one was excellent, but this film was just awful. It was a virtual remake of the first film and even used some of the same characters. It tried to be funny but didn't even come close. I had a hard time staying awake through this borefest and strongly encourage all to avoid this film. Watch the first and third instead.

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