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ItemImageDirected by Dan O'Bannon. Written by Dan O'Bannon, John A. Russo, Rudy Ricci, and Russell Streiner. Starring Clu Gulager as Burt, James Karen as Frank, Don Calfa as Ernie, and Beverly Randolph as Tina. Workers at a medical warehouse mistakenly release the living dead from their canisters after years of containment. Can this small town survive the return of the living dead?

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Jeremy00081 (5)
This one falls into the so-bad-it's-good category. I love zombie movies, but this one could have been gorier, and the actors could have at least ATTEMPTED to act. Overall I give it 3 and a half stars.

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musicprof (1)
The beginning of the end for Romero's classic zombie flicks. All these Return Of... movies did was make a joke out of what was a truly creepy horror series. What a waste!

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rbsjrx (0)
Great horror/comedy.

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linx (0)
wooooo such a great movie i will keep this forever

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macandall (0)
La mejor comedia-gore que ví en mi vida, de lejos la mejor, insuperada. Injustamente relegada por la crítica. Un clásico en toda ley.

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DickWeener (0)
Not as good as the Orginal flick, but this is a 5 star, it is the same concept of the first Movie, the People are inside borded up and the dead are trying to eat there brains. Good Movie

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norman bates (0)
sucks big time nowhere near as good as the original overated

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It deffinatly met my expectations

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filmexpert (0)
If i could pick more stars then i would. What i dont understand is how a movie like Stigmata could be compared to a movie like Night Of The Living Dead, Great Plot, decent acting, amazing. The effects are really the only thing that people seem to complain about but what do you expect from a low budget movie...

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Alucard (0)
Mr. Pink has this movie discription down perfect it is a great low-buget movie it is among my top ten I try to watch it anytime i get a chance. I first watched it at a friends house the later i rented it and watched it all 5 nights I also highly reccomend it to anyone who has a good sense of humor and well anyone who likes good movies. "Send more police..." -Smart Zombie

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Thorne (3)
This has to be my all time favorite horror movie. I wouldn't really call it horror as much as I would call it comedy. This movie is hilariouse. I cannot describe to you the depths of dark humor reached in this dare I say ingeniouse film. It is an un credited classic and if you ever have the chance to rent or buy this film DO IT! I gaurantee you will laugh your ass off. What keeps this film going is the great dialouge and the surprisingly good ensemble acting. This film has some of the funniest scenes and brilliant quotes to come out of a movie since Army of Darkness, HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMENDED! MORE BRAINS!!!

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The Shape (0)
It all begins in a medical supply warehouse where Burt is training new recruit Freddy in the ways of running the business. Discussion eventually leads to Burt mentioning a few barrels being stored in the basement. According to Burt, they contain corpses that had at one time been reanimated. You see, "Night Of The Living Dead" was based on an actual event. Somehow a group of scientists accidentally created a gas that revives the dead. The military stored these corpses in cannisters and shipped them. Only problem is, they got shipped to the wrong place. Fortunately, these cannisters had an emergency phone number stenciled on them. Unfortunately, the owner of the warehouse never bothered to call it. Burt and Freddy decide to visit the basement and take a look. They end up puncturing one of the barrels, causing the body inside to melt, thereby releasing the gas. Well, this is a medical supply facility. What do you suppose they might be storing in that walk-in freezer upstairs? Oh, yes. That cadaver we were introduced to earlier. "Alien" writer Dan O'Bannon makes his directing debut with this hilarious, violent sendup of zombie flicks. Beginning with the above mentioned, isolated situation, whose solution creates an even larger problem, the film progresses until the entire town is overwhelmed by walking corpses. O'Bannon takes any number of elements from Romero's series and gives them a twist. The zombies are no longer stumbling into walls. In fact, they appear to be rather intelligent. When a woman escapes by hiding in a locker, this particular zombie attaches the door handles to a miniature crane and proceeds to rip the doors off. They're also smart enough to figure out how to use a CB to acquire more food. These are picky corpses, too. They don't want just any piece of human flesh, they want brains. As stated previously, this is a parody. While it does contain all the violence requisite to a horror film of this sort, it focuses on comedy. Realistic, if underdeveloped, characters make the profanity-laden dialogue genuinely funny. Other situations, such as Trash(Linnea Quigley) giving a short essay on the worst way to die which gives way to a striptease(all this taking place in a cemetery), are good moments of black comedy. Nevertheless, a love of black comedy is not required to enjoy this film. There are many other moments to laugh at. The only thing that might turn off some viewers is the level of violence. It's never excessive, but a few well placed effects will have the more squeamish viewers glancing at the floor. On the other hand, some of the violence is quite amusing. You have to admit, watching two guys restrain a formerly dead body while the third hits it in the head with a pickaxe(which has no effect, the Shape might add) is downright hilarious. All in all, whether you like horror of comedy, you're going to like this. Those of you who don't like being scared needn't worry. Not even the most timid viewer will find anything to be afraid of here.

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Pit Bull (0)
I saw this film when I was ten years old and it literally frightened the crap out of me! I couldn't take my eyes off of it no matter how full my pants got! (Just kidding!) This film has some of the best special effects I've seen on an cheesy eighties zombie flick. To those who have seen it: Wasn't that slimy zombie in the basement the most real and frightening thing in the movie? For those who haven't: If you're looking to be entertained and don't mind being grossed out a little, rent this film!! And, of course, let's not forget R.L.D. Pt.II! The sequel is almost as good as the first one and is, in my opinion, more comical!!

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Bubbles03 (0)
I LOVE this movie, I do, this has to be the most entertaining movie I have ever seen, never have I laughed so hard or had such a great time watching a movie. I would go into detail about all the things I absolutely love about this movie, but if you're reading this and you havent seen it I dont want to ruin it for you. I would never miss the oppertunity to watch this movie and I highly recomend it.

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Cloud (0)
This movie is the most entertaining thing I've ever seen. If anything it gets better. Besides the obvious hilariousness of the film it has a bit of a spook factor. What if a legion of unstoppable zombies were to attack your town. The ending of this movie is so perfect, too. I recommend watching this movie with a big tasty donut. What happened? Why is it #6?! I guess some people just don't see the genious in the dialouge and everyhting. Oh well.

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Sidneypoo (0)
This has to be the greatest movie I have ever had the opportuninty of seeing. Not only is it the perfect horror movie it's funny! It's a great movie to watch w/ a group of friends and I would never miss a chance to see it. Thorne, Mr. Pink, and Tarman know what they're talking about and everything I have to say about it would just be a repeat of what they've already said.I highly recomend Return of the Living Dead to everyone who gets a chance to see it.

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Mr. Pink (0)
This is one of the best low-budget films i have ever seen. not only does the movie keep right on going in this bizzare yet pefect blend of horror and comedy that keeps your eyes glued to the t.v. screen, this movie has great dialouge and surprisingly good acting. I neglected to mention its incredible ending, the perfect ending for the perfect movie. highly recomended. a definate classic.

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callmetootie (5)
The Return Of The Living Dead is a 1980's horror flick that we went to see, thinking that it would be a gore-infested bomb, but it was in fact a very scary, and terrorfying film. The makeup in this film is amazing, and the actors did good. The scripts went over-the-top in many scenes, but they stayed at the same tone throughout.

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