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Return of the Living Dead II (1988)

Return of the Living Dead: Part II (original title)
Curious kids unearth the barrels that previously helped revive the dead, which proves the second time's an undead charm.

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Ken Wiederhorn

Writer:

Ken Wiederhorn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Kenworthy Michael Kenworthy ... Jesse Wilson
Thor Van Lingen ... Billy
Jason Hogan Jason Hogan ... Johnny
James Karen ... Ed
Thom Mathews ... Joey
Suzanne Snyder ... Brenda
Marsha Dietlein ... Lucy Wilson
Hanala Sagal ... Aerobics Instructor (as Suzan Stadner)
Jonathan Terry ... Colonel (as Jonathon Terry)
Dana Ashbrook ... Tom Essex
Sally Smythe Sally Smythe ... Billy's Mom
Allan Trautman ... Tarman
Don Maxwell Don Maxwell ... Billy's Dad
Reynold Cindrich Reynold Cindrich ... Soldier
Philip Bruns ... Doc Mandel
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Storyline

In this first sequel to The Return of the Living Dead, a group of kids discover one of the drums containing a rotting corpse and release the 2-4-5 Trioxen gas into the air, causing the dead to once again rise from the grave and seek out brains. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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If "A Nightmare On Elm Street" made you scream and "Creepshow" split your sides, then... "Return Of The Living Dead Part II" will scare your brain out! See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revenge of the Living Dead See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,647,254, 17 January 1988

Gross USA:

$9,205,924

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,205,924
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The fictional town the film is set in is called Westvale. See more »

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(at around 9 mins) When Jesse falls through the coffin in the mausoleum, it is clearly a stunt double. Jesse has blond hair, while the double has dark brown. See more »

Quotes

Billy: There it is.
[a mausoleum]
Jesse Wilson: That's the clubhouse?
Billy: Yeah, you wanna make something of it?
Jesse Wilson: No, it's great.
Billy: Okay then, come on.
Jesse Wilson: Hey wait a second... who's buried in here?
Billy: Come on, I'll show you inside.
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The Blu-ray release from Scream Factory restores the original theatrical soundtrack. Plus it restores the original Lorimar Pictures logo that was plastered on the Warner DVD release. See more »

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Written by Bobby Pickett and Leonard L. Capizzi (as Leonard Capizzi)
Publishers: Acoustic Music, Inc./Capizzi Music Co./Gary S. Paxton Music, Inc. (BMI)
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'Return of the Living Dead Part II'
23 April 2004 | by rah604See all my reviews

In this sequel to 'The Return of the Living Dead', three neighborhood kids stumble upon one of those army drums and accidently release the gas that revives the dead. What follows is basically the same horror mayhem as its predecessor. Zombies rise from the graveyard and remarkably manage to eat the brains of everyone except for the few people within which the movie revolves around. The two movies are pretty much similar in terms of content, but what is lacking this time around is freshness.

The first movie took a satirical approach to George Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead', and it worked in terms of humor and creepy fun. In this film, which is basically a carbon copy of the first, it is not quite as much fun. Rather, it seems to be more silly than funny. The script strains for humor throughout the movie, particularly in a scene in which the movie mocks Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video. But its flaws don't really matter because this is not the kind of movie to be taken seriously. I guess that it can be a decent movie to watch on a Halloween night.

Rating: (5/10)


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