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The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

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James Karen James Karen
Frank
Don Calfa Don Calfa
Ernie
Thom Mathews Thom Mathews
Freddy
John Philbin John Philbin
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Rudy Ricci Rudy Ricci
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"I ain't in no mood to die tonight." 1985 was a banner year for zombie films, as two "Dead" flicks hit cinemas within two weeks. George A. Romero's third zombie effort, Day of the Dead, came first, closely followed by The Return of the Living Dead, which was written and directed by Alien scribe Dan O'Bannon. Return is based on the novel of the same name by John Russo, who worked with Romero on Ni... read more

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1985, a bumper year for the horror genre nonetheless, heralded the release of three disparate zombie films: "Day of the Dead", the bleak conclusion to Romero's seminal trilogy, Stuart Gordon's gore-laden "Re-Animator", and "Alien" scribe Dan O'Bannon's directorial debut, "The Return of the Living Dead". In terms of ranking the individualistic merits and themes of each film, "The Return of the Livi... read more
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The Return of the Living Dead is an American zombie comedy horror film that was released in 1984 and was followed by several sequels. The film was written and directed by Dan O'Bannon and starred Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph and Linnea Quigley. The film tells the story of how two men accompanied by a group of teenage punks deal with the accidental release of a horde of brain hungry zombies onto an unsuspecting town.
Release date: 16 August 1985
UPC: 027616878168
Tags: Horror (15), Zombies (11), Comedy (10), 1985 (8), 1980s (7), Black Comedy (6), Warehouse (5), Zombie (4), Sci-fi (3), Usa (3), Female Nudity (3), Vulgarity (3), Ambulance (3), Gore (3), Siege (3), Cannibalism (3), Shot To Death (3), Exploding Building (3), Midget (3), Stairs (3)
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"Also nominated Best Make Up or Make Up Effects "


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