The scientist of the powerful and evil corporation Hybra-Tech Charles goes to Chernobyl to buy some gallons of toxic waste to perform experiments with zombies. When a teenager has an accident with his motorcycle and vanishes, his teenager's friends, leaded by Charles' nephew, find that he was moved to Hybra-Tech. They break in the facility trying to find their friend and accidentally release a group of zombies starving for brains.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The chemical that brought the dead back to life in the previous Return of the Living Dead films was 2-4-5 Tioxin. In this film the chemical is referred to as Trioxin 5. See more »
Throughout the original "The Return of the Living Dead" trilogy, shooting zombies in the head did not kill them, which was a key plot point. Yet in this film, it seems to work. However, the name of the gas changes from 2-4-5 Trioxin, to Trioxin 5, which may indicate that these zombies are different. This doesn't explain out severed limbs can be animated by Trioxin 5 though, and is most likely just an example of poor film making, or trying to adhere to the currently accepted norm in zombie films. See more »
Written by Scott Wexton
Performed by Voodoo Organist
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Not the worst zombie movie ever made, but a disgrace to the Return of the Living Dead series
Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis as far as zombie movies go is not as bad as House of the Dead, Vampegeddon, Zombie Night, Vampires vs. Zombies and Zombie Nation, and I do remember Rave to the Grave being slightly worse, but it is a disgrace to the Return of the Living Dead series (the previous three movies vary in quality, but never to the same level of badness of Necropolis and Rave to the Grave).
There is hardly anything good to say about it, other than that the zombie make-up was pretty good and the use of Alice Cooper's Cold Machines was cool and used appropriately. That's where any redeeming merits end. Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis is poorly-made, there is a distinct lack of atmosphere and everything just looks drab and cheap from the haphazard camera work, cheap and sometimes gratuitous gore and incomplete-looking effects. Apart from Cold Machines, the heavy rock soundtrack is over-bearing and takes one of the movie completely.
The movie's direction is so flat it completely undermines any tension or suspense, while the script is so awkward-sounding and intelligence-insultingly dumb, tension and suspense is replaced by rapidly tiresome unintentional humour and the story is thin, dull, mind-numbingly stupid and often leads nowhere. The scary moments are all predictable and come off cheesily, and Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis does a poor job with the zombies, they should be the stars and heart of their movie but are severely under-utilised and when they do appear they are very goofy, lifeless and not menacing at all.
Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis' characters are as thin as paper and so incredibly dumb they come off irritating, while the acting is a bad mixture of over-acting and going-through-the-motions, I found myself most annoyed by Peter Coyote. To conclude, there are worse zombie movies around but Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis is a disgrace to the series. 2/10 Bethany Cox
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