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Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)

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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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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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army | living dead | sequel | undead | gore | See more »

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If "A Nightmare On Elm Street" made you scream and "Creepshow" split your sides, then... "Return Of The Living Dead Part II" will scare your brain out! See more »

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15 January 1988 (USA)  »

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Revenge of the Living Dead  »

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$6,200,000 (estimated)

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$9,205,924 (USA)
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Near the very end of the electrocution scene, a Michael Jackson impersonator zombie can be seen - a direct reference to his Thriller (1983) music video. See more »

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When the barrels of dead bodies fall from the military trucks two barrels are scene falling, land, and stop in the middle of the street/bridge. In the next scene one barrel roles hast-fully off the cliff into the creek. See more »

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[Last Lines]
Zombie Head: Oh, come on, guy. Back off with that thing. I got gas! Blergh! Don't hit a girl when she's down! Oh! Oh! AAH!
[a soldier with a flamethrower burns the head]
Zombie Head: Okay. No more brains. You win. For now!
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An inferior sequel, but still a lot of fun
15 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Horror and Comedy have been blended together in so many films, especially in the 1980 and 90s. Sam Raimi did it with his 'Evil Dead' films and Peter Jackson, who has achieved blockbuster success in recent years, with his earlier work. This is really tricky though because if the balance between the two is off then it could fail in one or more areas. One example of this is 'House II: The Second Story,' which lacks that balance and the silly humor takes over. Had this been the case with 1985s 'The Return of the Living Dead' it probably wouldn't have turned out as well as it did, but thankfully it ended up being a genre classic. Can the same be said for this first of four sequels?

Pros: Cast does a good job. A decent score and pretty cool soundtrack. Fast-paced. Excellent special and make-up effects. Some of the humor works. Like the first film, you get the feeling this was a labor of love. Writer/director Widerhorn adds some stylish touches and neat ideas. Has a fair share of camp value.

Cons: Some of the humor is just too silly and falls flat. Lacks the inventiveness of the original. The first one has humor too, but still managed to have some good chills, something sorely missing here. Even less plot this time.

Final thoughts: The first 'Return of the Living Dead' was a tough act to follow and though the makers of this first sequel tried hard, they didn't even equal it. Does that mean it's not worth a shot? No way because there's still a lot of good here and the movie is fun to watch. It's also the only sequel to the original that comes close to capturing it's essence.

My rating: 3.5/5


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