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Release Date:
15 January 1988 (USA) See more »
Just when you thought it was safe to be dead. See more »
Curious kids unearth the barrels that helped revive the dead of the first film, which proves the second time's an undead charm. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Michael Kenworthy ... Jesse Wilson

Thor Van Lingen ... Billy
Jason Hogan ... Johnny

James Karen ... Ed

Thom Mathews ... Joey

Suzanne Snyder ... Brenda

Marsha Dietlein ... Lucy Wilson

Hanala Sagal ... Aerobics Instructor (as Suzan Stadner)

Jonathan Terry ... Colonel (as Jonathon Terry)

Dana Ashbrook ... Tom Essex
Sally Smythe ... Billy's Mom

Allan Trautman ... Tarman
Don Maxwell ... Billy's Dad
Reynold Cindrich ... Soldier

Philip Bruns ... Doc Mandel

Mitch Pileggi ... Sarge

Art Bonilla ... Les (as Arturo Bonilla)
Terrence Riggins ... Frank
James McIntire ... Officer
Larry Nicholas ... Jesse's Double
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Special Zombie (as Forrest Ackerman)

Doug Benson ... Special Zombie (as Douglas Benson)
David Eby ... Special Zombie
Nicholas Hernandez ... Special Zombie
Derek Loughran ... Special Zombie
Annie Marshall ... Special Zombie
Richard Moore ... Special Zombie
Steve Neuvenheim ... Special Zombie

Brian Peck ... Special Zombie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Clarke ... Zombie (uncredited)

Troy Fromin ... Pot smoking army driver (uncredited)

Bobby Porter ... Zombie Kid (uncredited)
Dana Vitatoe ... Zombie (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Wiederhorn 
Writing credits
Ken Wiederhorn (written by)

Produced by
Eugene C. Cashman .... executive producer
Tom Fox .... producer
William S. Gilmore .... co-producer
Original Music by
J. Peter Robinson 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Charles Bornstein 
Casting by
Shari Rhodes 
Art Direction by
Dale Allen Pelton  (as Dale Allan Pelton)
Set Decoration by
Suzette Sheets 
Makeup Department
Brent Armstrong .... special makeup crew
Del Armstrong .... makeup supervisor
Karen Asano-Myers .... special makeup crew (as Karen Asano)
Camille Calvet .... special makeup crew
Craig Caton .... special makeup crew (as K. Craig Caton-Largent)
Lynn Del Kail .... hair stylist
Eric Fiedler .... special makeup crew
Steve Frakes .... special makeup crew
Chris Goehe .... special makeup crew
Kimberly A. Lee .... special makeup crew
Frank Charles Lutkus III .... special makeup crew (as Charles Lutkus)
Mark Maitre .... special makeup crew
Shawn McEnroe .... special makeup crew
June Myers .... special makeup crew
Kenny Myers .... special makeup creator
Joe Reader .... special makeup crew (as Joseph Reader)
Lisa Rocco .... special makeup crew (as Lisa Doering)
Tony Rupprecht .... special makeup crew
Andy Schoneberg .... special makeup crew (as Andy Shoneberg)
Dennis Schultz .... special makeup crew
Russell Seifert .... special makeup crew
Mike Smithson .... special makeup crew
Loren Soman .... special makeup crew
Michael Spatola .... special makeup crew
Lillian van Gorder .... special makeup crew
Douglas J. White .... special makeup crew (as Doug White)
Matt Marich .... foam technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Robin S. Clark .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William M. Elvin .... first assistant director (as Bill Elvin)
Rodney Allen Hooks .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert W. Henderson .... assistant art director (as Robert Henderson)
Nikita Knatz .... illustrator
Len Morganti .... storyboard artist
Michael Muhlfriedel .... lead man (as Mick Mulfriedel)
Claude F. Powell .... construction coordinator (as Claude Powell)
Laura Settlemier .... set dresser
Matt Springman .... property master
Ray Storey .... visual consultant (as Raymond G. Storey)
Amy Ryder .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound mixer (as Glenn Anderson)
Bill W. Benton .... re-recording mixer
Craig A. Dellinger .... adr editor (as Craig Dellinger)
Leigh French .... looping coordinator
Dale Johnston .... supervising sound effects editor
James Koford .... sound effects editor (as Jim Koford)
William L. McCaughey .... re-recording mixer (as William McCaughey)
Tom Ruff .... a.d.r. mixer
Marty Stein .... sound effects editor
John J. Stephens .... re-recording mixer
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound effects editor (as Clancy Troutman)
James Utterback .... boom operator (as Jim Utterback)
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Eugene Crum .... special physical effects (as Geno Crum)
Terry D. Frazee .... special physical effects (as Terry Frazee)
Gene Grigg .... special physical effects
Visual Effects by
Charles Mcdonald .... visual effects animator
Gary Lee Davis .... stunt coordinator (as Gary Davis)
Larry Nicholas .... stunt double
Jeff Habberstad .... stunt performer (uncredited)
William R. Perry .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Boyd .... first assistant camera
Stephen Crawford .... best boy
Lynn McAfee .... still photographer (as Lynn Davis McAfee)
Joe-Joe Presson .... second grip (as Joseph Presson)
John Savka .... key grip
Andy Sydney .... second assistant camera
John Zumpano .... gaffer
Kenny S. Christiansen .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Paula Gilmore .... extras casting
Stacey Rhodes .... casting assistant (as Stacy Resch)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jule Emerson .... wardrobe: women
Robert Iannaccone .... wardrobe supervisor (as Bob Iannaccone)
Kelly O'Gurian .... wardrobe: men
Editorial Department
Lindsey Armstrong .... apprentice film editor
Jeanine Schaack .... apprentice film editor
Rose Anne Weinstein .... assistant editor
Location Management
Steven Shkolnik .... location manager (as Steve Shkolnik)
Music Department
Kim Buie .... executive music coordinator: Island Records
David Chackler .... music supervisor: Sounds of Film Ltd.
John Elizalde .... music editor
Marty Wekser .... assistant music supervisor
Vladimir Horunzhy .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
John Andrew Schreiner .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
D.J. Gardiner .... driver captain
Danny Naten .... driver co-captain
Moore Brian .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jean Barash .... assistant to producers
Grant Gilmore .... production assistant
Ronald E. Hairston .... craft service (as Ron Hairston)
Linda Hassani .... assistant: Ken Wiederhorn
K.C. Hodenfield .... production assistant
Mark R. Lindsay .... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Richard Lorenzana .... accountant
Susan Lorenzana .... assistant accountant
Derek Loughran .... creator: zombie movements
Lori June Moore .... stand-in
Stella Pacific .... school teacher (as Stella Pacifici)
Douglas W. Randall .... production assistant (as Doug Randall)
Fran Roy .... production administrator
Caroline Sax .... script supervisor
Malka Youngstein .... production assistant
Craig Caton .... creature crew (uncredited)
Dale Allen Pelton .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Return of the Living Dead: Part II" - USA (original title)
"Revenge of the Living Dead" - USA (promotional title)
"Battalion 2" - Japan (English title)
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89 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-15 (2005) | France:Tous publics | Germany:18 (uncut) (2004) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 (DVD rating) | Italy:T (VHS rating) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:15 (1989) | Spain:13 | UK:18 | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (cut) (original rating)

Did You Know?

The fictional town the film is set in is called Westvale.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Brenda:Is it cancer?
Doc Mandel:If we're lucky.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Flesh To FleshSee more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Completely and Totally Inane, but Wildly Entertaining, 17 April 2000
Author: WritnGuy from New Jersey

I saw this on the Sci-Fi Channel yesterday, and I was meaning to rent it for a while, so I was glad I'd get a chance to see it. And despite how amazingly mindless this was, it was so entertaining, and kept my interest the whole duration of the film.

Young Jesse is going to be initiated into some club, led by bully and tough-guy Billy. They find a drum of toxic gas at the graveyard, and open it up, only for Billy to be covered in the stuff, and Jesse locked in the mortuary. Meanwhile, teenaged Johnny is leaving his ditzy girlfriend Brenda for a night to help out Ed, who needs to get the heads of some buried bodies for some museum or science lab, I don't remember. They find Jesse, who then escapes home, where his older teenage sister Lucy berates him for being out, and locks him in the room when the cable guy, teenaged Tom, shows up. This is all just the setup of characters when the gas from the drum escapes out into the graveyard, and even comes in contact with Ed and Johnny. Soon, zombies are rising up for fresh brains, and after the town is evacuated (except for the select few, who don't get away) and sealed off by the army, all hell breaks loose. With the help of Doc, next door to Jesse and Lucy, the handful of likable characters fights to escape and survive, all up to the surprisingly suspenseful climax.

This is by far one of the most brainless horror movies, seeing as that it has more comedy than horror, but my God, I could not get over how entertaining this really was. I mean, from start to finish, my interest was held. I liked all the characters, I laughed a few times, I was scared a few times, and really liked this. I recommend this, without a doubt, for anyone looking to just watch something fun and exciting, and not think, for about ninety minutes. Definitely rent, buy, or look out for this on TV. It's a great movie!

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