Having recently witnessed the horrific results of a top secret project to bring the dead back to life, a distraught youth performs the operation on his girlfriend after she's killed in a motorcycle accident.
James T. Callahan,
They Won't Stay Dead: A Look at Return of the Living Dead Part II (2011)
*** (out of 4)
This documentary clocks in at 25-minutes and talks about the rather unhappy time making RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II. The film starts off talking that the original idea was to have the entire cast from the first film return but then the movie just took off into another direction and to many it never recovered. Linnea Quigley, James Karen, Thom Matthews, Kenny Myers, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, William Stout, Allan Trautman and Tony Gardner are on hand to discuss what they thought was going to be in the sequel and it's clear many were unhappy with the new direction. Suzanne Snyder and Michael Kenworthy, two new cast members to the sequel, are also on hand to discuss their feelings on the movie. It's clear, as most fans already know, that this sequel was made for money and both Matthews and Karen are honest in their hatred for the film. Everyone has an opinion on why the film didn't work and most either blame the director not caring for the project or the fact that they went for way too much humor. Fans of the series or those who defend this film will enjoy hearing these stories even if we don't learn anything that you probably haven't already heard. I think the film isn't as bad as its reputation and I still remember seeing it in the theater when I was seven. The movie certainly isn't as good as the original but then again how many sequels are? No matter what your opinions are in regards to the film, this documentary is still a fun look at the making of the film and it's clear that most involved just want to forget it.
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