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Return of the Living Dead II (1988)

Return of the Living Dead: Part II (original title)
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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 ... 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 ... 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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They're Back, And They're Not Happy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

According to Michael Kenworthy, the director Ken Wiederhorn got really upset at him because he could not complete a monologue. See more »

Goofs

(at around 44 mins) During the "Severed Hand" sequence, person's arm attached to hand-prop visible. See more »

Quotes

Tarman: Brains! Brains! I want, live brain! Brains! Brains!
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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

Followed by Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Looking For Clues
Performed, Written and Produced by Robert Palmer
Bungalow Music N.V./Ackee Music Inc.
Recording courtesy of Island Records
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Run ! Here Comes The Sequel !
31 March 2001 | by aesgaard41See all my reviews

Did we really need a sequel ? We have nearly the same plot, some of the same actors, definitely some of the same lines and practically the same actors. Yet, right when Thom Matthews was about to be type-cast in horror movies, he said, "Sure, I'll do it." Later, you know he screaming, " They drove up to my house and dumped a truck load of money on my front porch......" I mean, what are the odds that two idiots who look exactly alike will befall the same fate ? Admittedly, Thom and James Karen could make a very funny comedy team, but not in the same roles saying the same things like some asinine Martin and Lewis series. That said, this movie is a lot funnier than the first. Phillip Bruns replaces Don Calfa and has some very funny lines. A sub-plot involves juvenile delinquency and acceptance as the zombies horse around, steal the scenes and get in the way. One in particular in a dark suit and a few others just keep returning in other scenes as if that wasn't really obvious. I guess there was a shortage in extras. Mitch Pileggi of the X-Files has a very obvious role and I'm sure I recognized the zombie on the hospital phone as from an old episode of the original Twilight Zone. If I had written the script, I would have tossed in a vampire to spar with the zombies because he sure would have been immune to that bite of their's.


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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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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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