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Return of the Living Dead II -- Inquisitive kids release deadly gas from a misplaced military canister, causing corpses from a nearby cemetary to rise and wreak havoc.


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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 .... sound 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 .... sound re-recording mixer (as William McCaughey)
Tom Ruff .... a.d.r. mixer
Marty Stein .... sound effects editor
John J. Stephens .... sound 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
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
Richard Lorenzana .... accountant
Susan Lorenzana .... assistant accountant
Derek Loughran .... creator: zombie movements
Stella Pacific .... school teacher (as Stella Pacifici)
Douglas W. Randall .... production assistant (as Doug Randall)
Fran Roy .... production administrator
Caroline Sax .... script supervisor
Steven Shkolnik .... location manager (as Steve Shkolnik)
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:U | 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 cemetery and storm drain were complete outdoor sets. The mausoleum, hospital, meat packing factory, and interior houses were also purpose-built sets.See more »
Continuity: When Brenda, Johnny and Ed get out of the car to go into the building in the cemetery, the right front door of the van is open. In the next shot, the door is closed.See more »
Jesse Wilson:That's why you're dead, ass wipe. No brains and a big mouth.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pixels (2015)See more »
Looking For CluesSee more »


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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
'Return of the Living Dead Part II', 23 April 2004
Author: rah604 from Canada

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.

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