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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Burt
... Frank
... Ernie
... Freddy
... Tina
... Chuck
... Casey
... Spider (as Miguel Nunez)
... Scuz
... Trash
... Suicide
... Colonel Glover
... Colonel's Wife
Drew Deighan ... Paramedic #1
... 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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They're Back From The Grave and Ready To Party!

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Comedy | Horror

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16 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of the Living Dead  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,403,000, 18 August 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,237,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The late Vincent Schiavelli was almost considered for the part of Ernie. See more »

Goofs

When Frank locks the door to the freezer containing the frozen zombie, it has a white door. Later, when the door is opened by Freddie, after which Burt bludgeons the zombie with a red mining pick, the door is completely different, dark tarnished metal instead of painted white. See more »

Quotes

Frank: Let me ask you a question, kid: did you ever see that movie, "Night of the Living Dead"?
Freddy: Yeah, yeah, yeah - that's the one where the corpses start eating the people, right? What about it?
Frank: Did you know that story was based on a true case?
Freddy: [chuckles] Aw, c'mon, you're shitting me, right?
Frank: I ain't never been more serious in my life.
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Crazy Credits

The credits play over the hilarious scenes of the movie that involve Frank and Freddy. See more »

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Soundtracks

Eyes Without a Face
Performed by The Flesh Eaters
Composed by Desjardins, Don Kirk, Robyn Jameson, Chris Wahl
Produced by Chris D.
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"Straight comedy..."
13 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

The best comedy is played straight, and there are few films "straighter" than horror movies (in which the intent is, ostensibly, to terrify). Dan O'Bannon's "straight comedy" is gut-bustingly funny. [I also remember being impressed by his performance in the delightful DARK STAR, which turned up at an art house showing along with the STAR WARS parody, HARDWARE WARS.] Intense, and boasting great music and some of the best performances ever seen in a fright film (including Clu Gulager, James Karen and Don Calfa, veterans all, whose frantic on-screen antics are the cornerstones of this film), RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of those "must-see" movies no serious fan should miss. The cinematography is simply stunning, and the fx are 100% believable. It's amazing that O'Bannon hasn't directed more often: it's clear that he belongs behind a camera.


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