Film Reviews, Short Review

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

3/4

There was plenty of schlocky horror-comedy like The Return of the Living Dead in the ‘80s, from Evil Dead to Re-Animator to Child’s Play. Dan O’Bannon, primarily a screenwriter during his career, responsible for writing Alien and Total Recall (not to mention John Carpenter’s stoned masterpiece Dark Star), made here a fine zombie film, loaded with the requisite splatter, gore, and humour. Unlike its primary inspiration, George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, it isn’t morbid or nihilistic, but it is entirely entertaining. Sometimes, that’s all you need.

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