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,
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.
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>
The cemetery is called "Resurrection Cemetery." See more »
(at around 59 mins) When the zombies break in for the second time at the back store room, Scuz is attacked and killed by the half woman corpse. As Burt separates Scuz from the zombie, you can see a single black string coming from the zombie's head attached to the ceiling. See more »
You did what? You opened it? You stupid moron! You idiot! What's the matter with you Frank? Haven't I already told you never to even go near those goddamn tanks?
What are we gonna do, Burt?
I'll tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to be sued by the Darrow Chemical Company. I might even be investigated by the government. I might become very famous. I might even lose my business. I might even go to jail, goddamn it! That's what I'm going to do!
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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 »
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 »
A real classic of the zombie business. Directed by Dan O'Bannon who got writer credits for such classics as Alien, Aliens, Dark Star, Lifeforce and Screamers (he is still in business). The Return of the Living Dead is one of the earliest movie (if not the first) I remember who glued zombie-horror and a decent level of gore together with a fine shot of comedy elements.
A must-see if you like zombies + comedy. Alone the scenes with the goth-punks having a party on the graveyard till the dead rise is iconic stuff. But unlike some of the recently produced zombie-comedies this one got still a good level of horror and gore and its main focus is not on comedy only.
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