RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD REVIEWED
“Return of the Living Dead” nuked Louisville at the end. The sure coolness of that scene made it a local favorite and thus sparked my introduction to the film. I asked older fans about the new Return sequels and they told me to pass. I never questioned it until much later, as I liked the brutality of this film’s ending. Everyone either dies, gets put near death or they become radioactive. That’s when we’re not spotlighting those amazing cult horror moments.
Linnea O’ Quigley dancing naked on the gravestone, the Tarman scaring the hell out of the Louisville punks or the pain of being dead scene; they are all golden. The new commentaries and interviews try to be far less critical and more retrospective. Honestly, it’s not the worst thing for cult event movies like this. If you’re a super fan, you already know that Tobe Hooper was supposed to direct it, but got sidelined by other films. Everything else is just history. We all know that horror fans love their history, but it doesn’t matter. This release is meant to be a celebration of everything that happened that weekend in 1985. #RememberUNeeda
This film shows the weird nature of horror and having competing continuities. While the entire film evokes “Night of the Living Dead” and you are supposed to draw a comparison. It succeeds on its own by being an aggressive contemporary iteration. Zombies running, aggressive chomping and planning attacks had never been seen in mainstream horror. Plus, the make-up proved to be garish outside of the magical touch of Savini. Why am I still talking? Most of you guys have already pre-ordered it.
- Workprint of Film
- TV Spots
- Still Galleries
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 7/19/16
The Plot Thus Far
When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.