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December 20, 2011

Slash-Mess Day 5: Return Of The Living Dead (1985)


Dan O'Bannon (Aliens writer) directs his own version of the Night Of The Living Dead.

When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to once again arise from their watery graves and go on a cannibalistic rampage through Louisville, Kentucky. Here, the re-animated hu-mons seek out seeking their most favorite of foods, KFC: Kentucky Fried Chippies.

The steady and nuanced direction by Dan O'Bannon, writer of "Alien", run through out this brilliant installment of Romero's zombie genre that revolves around counter-culture outcasts (punkers, new wavers and beady eyed morticians), maximum effects and then: even endowing some of the zombies with a limited power of speech (Send...more...paramedics...SNARF!). Dark humor, excellent undead effects, prosthetic make-up and much better casting make this 80's update a classic in it's own right.

References:
IMDB, Night Of The Living Dead (1985)
IMDB, Tom Savini



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1 comment:

Kev D. said...

I LOVE this movie.

http://zombiehall.blogspot.com/2011/12/return-of-living-dead.html

When the cops show up and get swarmed by the zombies, I think i re-wound and re-watched it about seven or eight times.

Great direction, great writing, and quite surprisingly, some decent acting.