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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.

Director:

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 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:

$4,576,000, 17 January 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$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 dialog from the operator on the Special Army Emergencies telephone line is word for word exactly the same as in The Return of the Living Dead (1985), complete with "Hold the line Mr Wilson, you are being transferred", thereby tying this films hero, Jesse, with Burt Wilson (Clu Gulager) of the earlier film. See more »

Goofs

The Zombie shot in half had lost his hand in the car window in the previous scene. When he lifts his torso by his hands to attack the gang in the hospital cellar, his hand reappears for one shot. In the commentary, however, the director mentions that this actor was one of several used for multiple scenes. His description suggests that this wasn't supposed to be the same zombie from earlier. See more »

Quotes

Brenda: Joey, I'm not into dead guys!
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Alternate Versions

Although the original video and laserdisc releases are the same as the cinema version all 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. See more »


Soundtracks

Bad Case of Lovin You
Performed and Produced by Robert Palmer
Written by John Moon Martin
Rockslam Music
Recording courtesy of Island Records
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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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