The movie The Return of the Living Dead (1985) is a horror-comedy film directed by Dan O’Bannon. The film follows a group of employees at a medical supply warehouse who accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, causing the dead to reanimate as flesh-eating zombies. The group must fight for their lives as the zombies begin to overrun the warehouse and the surrounding area.
The movie is known for its dark humor and over-the-top gore. It has become a cult classic and is considered one of the best zombie films of all time.
- Clu Gulager as Burt Wilson
- James Karen as Frank
- Don Calfa as Ernie Kaltenbrunner
- Thom Mathews as Freddy
- Beverly Randolph as Tina
- The film was originally intended to be a sequel to George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead,” but the filmmakers were unable to secure the rights to the title. They instead decided to make the film a standalone story with its own mythology.
- The movie’s soundtrack features several punk rock songs, including “Surfin’ Dead” by The Cramps and “Partytime (Zombie Version)” by 45 Grave.
- The film’s special effects were created by Tony Gardner, who went on to work on other horror films such as “Army of Darkness” and “Zombieland”.
- The movie’s tagline, “They’re back from the grave and ready to party!” has become a popular catchphrase among horror fans.