The Return of the Living Dead
October 26th 2010 23:26
Freddy (Thom Matthews) is the new stock-boy at the Uneeda medical supplies warehouse. Frank (James Karen) acts like his uncle, showing him the ropes, making bad jokes, then takes him down to the basement to show him the real deal: large canisters containing zombified infected corpses in a dead limbo. Apparently Night of the Living Dead (1968) really happened.
So the bumbling idiots who re-awakened this ghoulish mess, with the aid of mortician Ernie(the very hammy Don Calfa) and warehouse manager Burt (Clu Gulager), they try and clean the mess up by dismembering and incinerating the remains. The toxic smoke causes acid rain to fall over the cemetery. And wahey! It’s party time for the undead!
Matt Clifford’s rousing score, full of classic ominous riffs and chord progressions, fits very well with the movie’s severed tongue in cheek tone. Additionally are numerous “punk-rock-pop” tunes from the likes of Billy Idol, The Cramps and The Damned, as well as other lesser-known outfits such as TSOL and 45 Grave.
The Return of the Living Dead is strictly B-movie fare, but it’s dressed up to party, no doubt about that, and partay it does. “Send more paramedics …. Send more cops.”
Made and released now, today’s radically cynical and presumptuous movie audience would probably find it too cheesy, too simplistic, and not nearly unconvincing enough. Yet its sheer naivety is what transcends it. Plus, it cheekily plays with Romero’s zombie conventions, such as having the zombies able to run rather than shuffle (and this was years before 28 Days Later), and they can’t be killed by a shot to the head or dismemberment.
Here's one of the original trailers in classic 80s mold:
And for the diehard brainlovin' misfits ....
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