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Return of the Living Dead II (1988)

Return of the Living Dead: Part II (original title)
Curious kids unearth the barrels that previously helped revive the dead, which proves the second time's an undead charm.

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Ken Wiederhorn

Writer:

Ken Wiederhorn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Kenworthy Michael Kenworthy ... Jesse Wilson
Thor Van Lingen ... Billy
Jason Hogan 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 Sally Smythe ... Billy's Mom
Allan Trautman ... Tarman
Don Maxwell Don Maxwell ... Billy's Dad
Reynold Cindrich Reynold Cindrich ... Soldier
Philip Bruns ... Doc Mandel
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Storyline

In this first sequel to The Return of the Living Dead, a group of kids discover one of the drums containing a rotting corpse and release the 2-4-5 Trioxen gas into the air, causing the dead to once again rise from the grave and seek out brains. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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If "A Nightmare On Elm Street" made you scream and "Creepshow" split your sides, then... "Return Of The Living Dead Part II" will scare your brain out! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revenge of the Living Dead See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,647,254, 17 January 1988

Gross USA:

$9,205,924

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,205,924
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(at around 9 mins) When Jesse falls through the coffin in the mausoleum, it is clearly a stunt double. Jesse has blond hair, while the double has dark brown. See more »

Quotes

Tom Essex: Son of a bitch!
[sees zombie chasing a dog across the street, steps on the accelerator]
Lucy Wilson: What're you doing?
Tom Essex: Yeah I know, they're already dead. I don't care, I'm gonna kill it anyway!
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Alternate Versions

Although the original video and laserdisc releases are the same as the cinema version most DVD copies of the film feature alternate music for many of the scenes, most notably the rising of the zombies. Director Ken Wiederhorn mentions in the DVD commentary that there was a problem with the rights to the original films score for US distribution of the DVD, he admits the newer soundtrack is not the intended soundtrack for the film. However, the films original score as composed by J. Peter Robinson can be heard of the films french Audio track. The score currently heard in the DVD release of the film was performed by a composer hired by producer Tom Fox, when the film was completed and submitted for distribution the studio, Lorimar, a division of Warner Brothers, hired J. Peter Robinson to re-score the film. The original score was finally made available again when Shout Factory released the film on DVD/Blu-Ray in 2017 See more »

Connections

References Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Monster Mash
Produced by Ken Scott
Written by Bobby Pickett and Leonard L. Capizzi (as Leonard Capizzi)
Publishers: Acoustic Music, Inc./Capizzi Music Co./Gary S. Paxton Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Funny Zombie Cult Movie
14 January 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While transporting drums of the dangerous Trioxin gas, one of them falls from the army truck into a river. In the morning, the boy Jesse Wilson (Michael Kenworthy) is bullied by the older Billy (Thor Van Lingen) and Johnny (Jason Hogan) and he hides himself under a bridge nearby the cemetery. The two bullies find Jesse and they see the barrel. Then the bullies lock Jesse in a mausoleum and they decide to open the barrel, releasing the Trioxin and breathing the toxic gas. Meanwhile the grave robber Ed (James Karen) hires Joey (Thom Mathews) to help him to pillage the graves and they go to the cemetery in a van with Joey's girlfriend Brenda (Suzanne Snyder). Ed and Joey go to the mausoleum and Jesse is released and runs home. His sister Lucy Wilson (Marsha Dietlein) tells him to do the homework. Then the cable guy Tom Essex (Dana Ashbrook) arrives to fix the television and he recognizes Lucy from the high- school. Soon the Trioxin awakes the dead in the cemetery and the town is crowded with hordes of zombies. Ed, Joey and Brenda run to Jesse's house and team up with Lucy and Tom trying to survive to the brain eaters.

"Return of the Living Dead: Part II" is a funny zombie cult movie. This sequel is a comedy with action, with good special effects and creepy zombies. There are the usual stupid attitudes from the characters but it is highly entertaining. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Volta dos Mortos Vivos - Parte 2" ("The Return of the Living Dead: Part II")


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