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.
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>
Writer/Director Ken Wiederhorn was trying to get out of the horror genre at the time Lorimar Productions bought his script. Once the film was released he received nothing but horror-comedy directing opportunities. See more »
(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 »
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 »
Bad Case of Lovin You
Performed and Produced by Robert Palmer
Written by John Moon Martin
Recording courtesy of Island Records See more »
"Damn kids they have no respect for the dead."
Much-hated sequel to the '80s classic Return of the Living Dead is better than most people give it credit for being. It's not on the level of the first movie but it's still a fun and enjoyable horror-comedy. The plot is pretty much irrelevant but here goes: a container with a zombie in it falls off the back of an army truck. Some kids mess with it and release a toxic gas that reanimates the dead.
James Karen and Thom Mathews return, playing different characters than in the last movie. They're a treat to watch, just like last time. Karen is especially funny and gets many of the movie's best lines. The main part this time around is a kid played by Michael Kenworthy. He's pretty good in what appears to have been his biggest role. The rest of the cast is fine. It's a fun movie that doesn't take itself seriously at all. I'm surprised it's hated as much as it is but the first movie was terrific so any sequel to it was bound to fall up short by comparison. Could've been a lot worse, though.
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