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Return of the Living Dead (1985)

This semi-sequel to George Romero’s cult chiller is a wonderful tongue-in-cheek horror flick. “They’re back. They’re hungry. And they’re not vegetarian,” blared the poster.

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A missing army shipment of top-secret toxic gas is released by Frank and Freddy, two bumbling employees of the Uneeda Medical Supplies company, causing zombie corpses to rise from the dead, in search of human brains to eat.

Their target: a bunch of punk rocker teens, one of which takes off her clothes in a graveyard, and spends the rest of the film running around naked.

Two of the characters actually “die” but remain conscious. Rigor mortis even sets in on them – and man is it painful.

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Director Dan O’Bannon cleverly makes the zombies – rather than the actors – the real stars of this movie and, unlike the Romero variety, these can speak, though they’re mostly limited to spouting, “Brains, more brains!” Later, after munching on some policemen, a zombie calls the local precinct and orders them to, “Send more cops!”.

A must for horror fans, this was followed by two sequels of varying quality.

“Did you ever fantasise about all the different ways of dying – violently?”

Burt
Clu Gulager
Frank
James Karen
Ernie
Don Calfa
Freddy
Thom Mathews
Tina
Beverly Randolph
Chuck
John Philbin
Casey
Jewel Shepard
Spider
Miguel A Nunez Jr

Director
Dan O’Bannon