Return of the Living Dead Part 2 title

Tag Line : Just When you thought it was safe to be dead...

Return of the Living Dead Part 2A 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 of one them and roll into a nearby cemetery. They are later 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 the 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, however it sadly doesn't 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.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "They're back and they're not happy", Got an appetite for horror? This is your dish"!.

  • Director Ken Wiederhorn also directed the 1977 zombie film "Shock Waves" as well as some of "Freddy's Nightmares" TV series episodes.

  • The 'Tarman' zombie was by Alan Trautman, who also played the 'Tarman' zombie in the previous film. Though, these were obviously meant to be different zombies, not the same one.

  • The only original cast member to reprise the their role from the first film was actor Jonathan Terry who appears briefly as Colonel Glover. Whilst Alan Trautman did play the 'Tarman' zombie in both films, these were obviously meant to be different zombies, not the same one.

  • Dana Ashbrook, who plays Tom the Cable installer, also played Tony in "Waxwork". He went on to star in the cult series "Twin Peaks", playing Bob Briggs.

  • Brian Peck, who played the Punk 'Scuz' in part 1, played the Michael Jackson zombie at the end, as well as several other zombies in the film.

  • The DVD released internationally by MGM in 2004 had a substantially different soundtrack to the original theatrical version and previous VHS releases. Most notably the end credits theme, which was changed from "The Monster Mash" to the song "Flesh to Flesh" by rock band Lamont. However the original music appears on the Italian and French audio tracks, which are included on the same discs.

  • Noted Horror/Sci-Fi magazine editor Forest J Ackerman had a brief role as one of the zombies in the Hospital. However, he wasn't recognisable as he didn't have his trademark glasses on.

  • Don Calfa and Clu Gulager were originally approached to appear in the film, but the producers ultimately decided not to use them.

  • Look out for a pre X-files Mitch Pileggi, who plays a gruff Army Sergeant. He also went on to star as Horace Pinker in Wes Craven's "Shocker".

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