When two employees of a medical supply company accidentally release toxic fumes and a body from a long forgotten military container, they soon find themselves facing a zombie with a taste for brains. And when their attempts to fix the problem fail, they are faced with a growing zombie population.
Clu Gulager (Burt), James Karen (Frank), Don Calfa (Ernie), Thom Mathews (Freddy), Beverly Randolph (Tina), John Philbin (Chuck), Jewel Shepard (Casey), Miguel Nunez Jr. (Spider), Brian Peck (Scuz), Linnea Quigley (Trash).
This one starts off a bit slow before the comedy kicks into gear. About that time it becomes obvious this is B-movie with no aspirations of being anything more. Despite that, there are a few good BOO moments and some mildly entertaining effects to keep things interesting. When that fails, having Quigley strut around and dance naked keeps us watching for a while longer. By the end of the film we are almost rooting for the zombies to win!
Acting was a mix here with Gulager, Karen, and Calfa doing okay with what they had. Peck, Quigley, Nunez Jr. and most of the rest however were a mess of missed cues, overacting, and inexperience.
Camera work was decent if simple, while sets and backgrounds felt stark and somewhat cheap. Effects were mildly entertaining but not enough to save the film, and they are showing their age at this point. Dialogue was ridiculous and as you would expect from a B-movie. Sound and soundtrack were okay but nothing special.
Overall The Return of the Living Dead is a fairly well done B-movie that is a great entry-level flick. There isn’t enough depth for us to take the film seriously but plenty of zombies and attention to learning how to kill them.
With nudity, sexuality, mild foul language, violence, plenty of gore, and zombies, save this one for the oldest teens and above.
The Return of the Living Dead is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatre.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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