The Return of the Living Dead

The Return of the Living Dead

Clu Gulager
Director: Dan O'Bannon Cast: Clu Gulager
Clu Gulager
, James Karen
James Karen
, Don Calfa
Don Calfa
Dan O'Bannon

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Like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, whose central premise it loosely reworks, this seemingly standard-issue gore-fest offers more than meets the eye. It's not a genre-defining masterpiece like the source of its inspiration, but it is a relatively clever popcorn flick with more gruesome imagery and self-aware humor than most such films that glutted the mid-'80s marketplace. The punk rock trappings of its young cast were years out of date by the time of release just like in the John Hughes movies that ruled the multiplexes at the time. And in many ways, Return of the Living Dead comes off like The Breakfast Club, dressed up, or down, in dingy horror movie threads. Played with a knowing wink and a splash of special effects, juvenile-delinquent stereotypes provide a convenient framework for the inevitable escalation of cannibalism and thrills. By positing that the original Night of the Living Dead was based on a real incident involving a chemical that turns human corpses into brain-thirsty monsters, director/co-screenwriter Dan O'Bannon gets to thread in a slyly humorous subplot about a vigilant army officer. Even better is the campy dialogue of the titular zombies and the queasily funny set pieces. One sequence involving a warehouse full of medical specimens suddenly come to life gives rise to the indelible image of a "half-dog" and an angry butterfly collection surely worthy twists on a concept Romero himself revisited again and again.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2007
UPC: 0027616085474
Original Release: 1985
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 6,436

Special Features

Audio Commentary With Cast, Crew and Undead; Audio Commentary With Director Dan OBannon and Production Designer William Stout; The Decade of Darkness Featurete; Return of the Living Dead - The Dead Have Risen Featurette; Zombie Subtitles For the Film; Designing the Dead Featurette.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clu Gulager Burt
James Karen Frank
Don Calfa Ernie
Beverly Randolph Tina
John Philbin Chuck
Linnea Quigley Trash
Jewel Shepard Casey
Miguel A. Nuñez Spider
Brian Peck Scuz
Mark Venturini Suicide
Jonathan Terry Col. Glover
Cathleen Cordell Colonel's Wife
Jerome "Daniels" Coleman Legless Corpse
Robert Craighead Cop
Terrence M. Houlihan Yellow Cadaver
Thom Matthews Freddy
Stanzi Stokes Actor
Alexandre Trauner Tarman
Drew Deighan Paramedic
James Dalesandro Paramedic
John Durbin Radio Corpse
David Bond Radio Corpse
Bob Libman Tac Squad Captain
John Stuart West Riot Cop
Michael Crabtree Riot Cop
Ed Krieger Riot Cop
Paul Cloud Cop
Derrick Brice Gunnery Sergeant
Leigh Drake Dispatcher
Robert J. Bennett Headless Tarman
Cherry Davis 1/2 Lady Corpse

Technical Credits
Dan O'Bannon Director,Screenwriter
Jules Brenner Cinematographer
Matt Clifford Score Composer
John Daly Executive Producer
Tom Fox Producer
Derek Gibson Executive Producer
Barry Goldberg Score Composer
Francis Haines Songwriter
Mark Helfrich Editor
Graham Henderson Co-producer
Robert Howland Art Director
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Nigel Lewis Songwriter
Robert Lucas Set Decoration/Design
William Munns Special Effects
Rudy Ricci Original Story
Robert Gordon Editor
Mark Robertson Songwriter
John A. Russo Original Story
Jon Saint James Songwriter
William Stout Production Designer
Russ Streiner Original Story
Stacey Swain Songwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Return of the Living Dead
1. Perfect Teeth [:09]
2. Army Secret [3:55]
3. Vapor/Main Titles [3:30]
4. On Call [3:03]
5. A Little Problem [4:28]
6. Dark Fantasy [:44]
7. Let Him Out [3:18]
8. A Big Favor [1:33]
9. Dust to Dust [5:13]
10. Getting Soaked [6:51]
11. Hungry [:35]
12. Technically Speaking [4:23]
13. They're Out There [2:02]
14. Under Siege [3:27]
15. Rigor Mortis [3:27]
16. Zombie Prisoner [4:35]
17. Send More Cops [1:05]
18. Transformation [2:50]
19. Escape Attempt [2:59]
20. Surrounded [2:57]
21. Call For Help [3:40]
22. In Case of Emergency [5:01]
23. Contingency Plan [:11]
24. Spectacular Results/End Titles [3:39]

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