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  • Trailer for this classic gore film follow up
  • Clip: Zombie Attack

Movie Info & Cast


Middle-aged family man Frank (Jim Karen) trains teenaged Freddy (Thom Matthews) for his new job at a medical supply warehouse. In an effort to impress and frighten his young charge, practical joker Frank reveals that the warehouse basement contains a cannister full of a mysterious chemical capable of bringing the dead back to life. It seems that the cannister fell off the back of an army truck during an accidental outbreak of zombiedom. Frank and Freddy unwittingly inhale the chemical and release it into the warehouse. Turning to the operator of a nearby crematorium for help in destroying the suddenly undead specimens that surround them, they unwittingly awaken the residents of a nearby cemetary just as Freddy's pals arrive to party amidst the headstones and wait for their friend's shift to end. Meanwhile, Col. Glover (Jonathan Terry) waits for the call that his missing chemical weapon has been unleashed.~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide


  • Clu Gulager
  • James Karen
  • Don Calfa
  • Thom Mathews
  • Beverly Randolph
  • John Philbin
  • Jewel Shepard
  • Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
  • Brian Peck
  • Linnea Quigley

Did You Know?


  • DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Dan O'Bannon): voices the helicopter officer. the actual voice actor never showed up.
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  • Zombies without lips clearly pronounce B and P sounds - sounds that, of course, require lips to make.
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    • Casey: Chuck, I never did like you. Oh, but God, hold me tight.
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Return is a movie with some nice, droll opening scenes and the obligatory horrible climax. It doesn't make the mistake of Day Of The Dead - talking too much. It's kind of a sensation-machine, made out of the usual ingredients, and the real question is whether it's done with style. It is.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Return of the Living Dead, a parody of George A. Romero's unforgettably frightening Night of the Living Dead, is not for everybody, but it's one of the funniest films of its kind ever made. [16 Aug 1985]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Suffice to say, this small offering from the horror genre is a hoot to watch, with never a dull moment.

Metacritic review by Jeremiah Kipp
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine