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"It worked in the movie!",
This review is from: The Return of the Living Dead (DVD)
Re-animated corpses, swearing, blood & gore, full-frontal female nudity, iconoclastic jabs at American culture, and lots of gallows humor--what more could a horror fan ask for?
Any genre fan who has a morbid sense of humor is sure to enjoy 1985's THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. In the same vein as other tongue-in-cheek horror shtick such as the Chiodo Brothers' KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE and Sam Raimi's ARMY OF DARKNESS, this one's specifically a spoof of George Romero's classic and highly revered zombie film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Director/Screenwriter Dan O'Bannon, probably best known for having penned the original ALIEN movie, does a fantastic job of lovingly poking fun at the Horror and SF genres while at the same time satirizing everything from the U.S. Military to Punk Rock. This movie is not only funny, it's got plenty o' "brains"!
And you can't beat the financial value of the DVD edition. Not only does it cost less than a lot of other full-length, widescreen DVD thrillers--including some that are hardly worth the plastic and aluminum it took to make 'em--but it also includes these cool extras: an optional audio commentary by O'Bannon and production designer William Stout; both the G-rated and R-rated theatrical trailers; over 5-minutes of various TV spots; some storyboard-like production stills; and a really cool "Designing the Dead" featurette, in which O'Bannon and Stout discuss the evolution of the final look and feel of the movie (lots of great shots of Stout's EC-Comics-like designs for the zombies offered in this one).
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2010 12:49:47 AM PST
Michael Dobey says:
they need to put the original music back into this movie.
Posted on Jun 21, 2011 9:37:19 AM PDT
Denver Duane Starkey says:
you aoverlooked one fact abotu this movie as well , while Dan obrien did direct it , it was produced by john Russo (who collaborated in NOTRLD with romero Russo was teh producer for NoTLD) , after NoTLD they both agreed thet each one could work sequels of thier own. and this was russo's take on sequels of NoTLD. a fact many peopel forget , mostly in part cos he left after this first movie ,in teh RoTLD series and you can tell the quality of teh movies go down over teh next several movies (though RoTLD 2 was awsome too)
Posted on Nov 15, 2011 5:40:19 PM PST
R. Donahue says:
Thanks for your review now I know I don't want to watch this sleeze of a film its for sleazy people
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2011 10:35:56 AM PST
Timmy K. says:
John Russo had nothing to do with "Return of the Living Dead" other than having it use his title, and winding up with a token producer credit. They bought the film rights to his original script from him but wound up tossing it out completely and only using the name "Return of the Living Dead". That this is something they often do to appease people who actually might not have had any direct involvement in the production of the final film. That's why you will see ten different "producers" listed during the opening credits of the movie. Those people didn't all play an active role in making the film. Usually it's people who just put up some money, but they also do it when stuff like this happens and they want to make someone feel like they are still involved even when they really aren't. He started the ball rolling with his original script, but I'm sure Russo made no important decisions, or had any real influence on the final film's production. And he didn't then "leave the series". It's just that since he had even less to do with the sequels than he did the original he didn't even get the token producer credit.
On another note I would acknowledge his participation in making the original Night of the Living Dead and the excellent 1990 remake, but anyone who has seen Russo's horrible "30th Anniversary" version of Night of the Living Dead, or his laughably bad sequel "Children of the Living Dead" must realize that Russo is a terrible film maker, and we are all better off that they ditched him and his script, and made "Return of the Living Dead" without him. It's pretty obvious that the original Night of the Living Dead being as good as it is was because of George Romero being the person who was really in control of it. Russo can think he was an equal partner in it all he wants, but when it comes down to it Romero went on to make classic movies like Martin, The Crazies, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead, where as Russo went on to do nothing for many years and then have his terrible script for Return of the Living Dead thrown away, do nothing for many years and then ruin the only good film he was ever involved with by reediting it into the "30th Anniversary" version of Night of the Living Dead, and then making Children of the Living Dead witch as I said is so unbelievably bad it's actually funny.
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