Alternate titles : The Return of the Hell Zombies. Battalion 2

Tagline : "Just When you thought it was safe to be dead..."

Return of the Living Dead Part 2 A convoy of US Army trucks are passing through a small American town late one night, when some toxic waste barrels accidentally fall off the back and roll into a nearby cemetery. They are subsequently discovered by a couple of young lads who unfortunately tamper with the seals, releasing a toxic green gas into the air. Six feet under, something begins to stir, and soon afterwards a familiar cry goes out... "Braaaiiiiinnnnsssss"!!!!!

Young Jesse Wilson (Michael Kenworthy), his sister Lucy (Marsha Dietlin) and the local Cable TV installer Tom (Dana Ashbrook) find themselves in deep trouble when the Army overlooks them during the towns evacuation, and end up having to battle the living dead alongside the neighbourhood "quack" Dr Mandell (Philip Bruns).

Thom Mathews and James Karen from the previous movie also return in different roles, this time playing a couple of Grave robbers who get more than they bargained for when the corpses in the crypt they're plundering suddenly come back to life and start chasing them round the cemetery.

The film has some excellent ghoulish chills and chuckles, ranging from a zombie being blasted in two by a shotgun and having his legs still walking round, to a horde of the undead riding round town in a jeep. Dr Mandell provides some of the funnier lines of dialogue, and there are some noticeable cheeky references to the Michael Jackson "Thriller" video.

Fans of the original will undoubtedly like it, as indeed I do. Though it sadly doesn't quite manage to surpass the style, wit and pacing of the first movie and plays more heavily on the comic angle. But it still proves itself to be a highly enjoyable farce.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

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