As a zombie-
movie-show-bookeverything lover, I naturally watched The Return of the Living Dead when I came across it on TV one day.
The movie begins with a group of punks partying in a graveyard (because that’s normal, right?) while they’re waiting for one of their friends to get out of work. This friend they’re waiting for happens to work at a medical supply company where a gas leak breaks out. As a result, one of the cadavers in the building is brought back to life and it’s ready to sink its teeth into some human flesh. Ultimately, the infection spreads (great time to be in a graveyard, huh?) and there are zombies crawling everywhere. As per usual, madness ensues.
As expected, the acting was pretty horrible. On top of that, there were so many unexpectedly bizarre scenes (i.e. naked lady dancing in the graveyard). But, I did enjoy the zombies… they were actually pretty damn creepy at times. I’ve honestly never seen zombies who enjoyed brains so much. They said it themselves, which surprised me because your average zombie usually doesn’t talk. I actually loved it when one of the living dead moaned: “Braaaiiinnnsss! More braaaiiinnnsss!” OK, I’ll stop. Also, these zombies were pretty fast, unlike the ones I’m accustomed to watching or reading about. That made them a lot scarier.
The Return of the Living Dead wasn’t a complete bust. I enjoyed a number of aspects about it… it certainly picked up when the zombies started attacking. But, it certainly wasn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen either. I’d give it 2.5/5 stars. It did a decent job of keeping me entertained. I laughed a number of times, too (whether that was intentional or not).