The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)

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A pair of medical supply warehouse workers accidentally release an experimental toxin which causes the dead to rise from the grave and feast on the brains of the living.

Written and directed by the script writer of Alien, Return Of The Living Dead was – like Evil Dead 2 – unfairly vilified as a “video nasty” in the 1980’s because of its gory subject matter, but the fact is that this film is so damn silly its nearly impossible to be considered as “horrific”. In fact it all seems rather tame in the these days where torture porn has become commonplace and there are laughs aplenty as The Breakfast Club dodge flesh eating zombies to a suitably cheesy eighties soundtrack. Rather than being a spoof or outright parody, Dan O’Bannon just took the idea behind Night Of The Living Dead and ran with it to outrageous effect; in fact, apart from the classic Dawn Of The Dead, it’s actually better than all of Romero’s sequels Of The Dead. The effects are variable but some of the animatronics have held up really well and it has the kind of invention and sense of humour that makes this kind of thing work really well.

Dated in an amusingly kitsch rather than bad way, Return Of The Living Dead still stands up as one of the best comic horror films out there.

7.5/10

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