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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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15 January 1988 (USA)  »

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$6,200,000 (estimated)


$9,205,924 (USA)

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The dialog from the operator on the Special Army Emergencies telephone line is word for word exactly the same as in The Return of the Living Dead (1985), complete with "Hold the line Mr Wilson, you are being transferred", thereby tying this films hero, Jesse, with Burt Wilson (Clu Gulager) of the earlier film. See more »


When the movie opens and the two barrels containing dead bodies fall out of the cargo trucks there are no military vehicles following the cargo trucks to maintain the transfer. See more »


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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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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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