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The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

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When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.

Director:

Dan O'Bannon

Writers:

Rudy Ricci (story), John A. Russo (story) (as John Russo) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clu Gulager ... Burt
James Karen ... Frank
Don Calfa ... Ernie
Thom Mathews ... Freddy
Beverly Randolph ... Tina
John Philbin ... Chuck
Jewel Shepard ... Casey
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Spider (as Miguel Nunez)
Brian Peck ... Scuz
Linnea Quigley ... Trash
Mark Venturini ... Suicide
Jonathan Terry ... Colonel Glover
Cathleen Cordell ... Colonel's Wife
Drew Deighan ... Paramedic #1
James Dalesandro ... Paramedic #2
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Storyline

When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage through Louisville, Kentucky seeking their favorite food, brains. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Taglines:

They're Back From The Grave and Ready To Party!

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the early 1990s, a longer work print version of the film surfaced that ran 24-minutes longer that the released version. See more »

Goofs

The skeleton woman who is chopped in half in the foyer of the morgue after being pulled though the barricade. As she is held in place by Spider on the floor we see a large prop, plywood or cardboard, fall and cover her completely. The shot cuts away very briefly. When it cuts back the prop has moved. See more »

Quotes

Tina: What did you do to Freddy? What's wrong with him? Ask this man.
Spider: You know, I think it's time you tell us what the fuck's going on!
Burt Wilson: I don't have to tell you anything, dick brain.
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Crazy Credits

The following phony disclaimer precedes the movie: "The events portrayed in this film are all true. The names are real names of real people and real organizations." See more »

Alternate Versions

On a limited number of VHS tapes, released in 1986 and 1987, the first scene showing the Army Colonel arriving home and discussing his work with his wife is omitted from the beginning of the film. This leaves the viewer at a disadvantage when Burt calls the "Zombie Hotline" at the end of the film, and is connected to the same Colonel who the viewers do not yet know. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Surfin' Dead
Performed by The Cramps
Composed by Poison Ivy Rorschach (as Ivy Rorschach), Lux Interior
Produced by The Cramps
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User Reviews

 
What every horror comedy wants to be
19 December 2003 | by Apollyon_CrashSee all my reviews

"Return of the Living Dead" is an often hilarious, often frightening, often disgusting, and always entertaining horror comedy. The cast is great, the dialogue is snappy and very quotable, and the special effects still hold up very well, nearly 20 years after the film's release. Fans of the horror genre, 1980s buffs, or just folks who enjoy something different occasionally will most likely get a kick out of it.

10/10


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Living Dead See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,403,169, 18 August 1985

Gross USA:

$14,237,880

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,237,880
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (workprint)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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