Return of the Living Dead Part II

Not even a nuclear explosion, it seems, can prevent a sequel to a tongue-in-cheek zombie pic. A surviving canister of zombiefying fumes rolls off an army truck and is punctured by a pair of teenage meatheads, once again releasing a weird fog that revives the occupants of an adjacent graveyard. The rest is a virtual re-run, with 12-year-old Jesse (Kenworthy), his older sister Lucy (Dietlein), and handsome cable TV-installer Tom (Ashbrook) enjoying such edifying experiences as a bunch of zombies turning a pet shop into a brain emporium. Karen and Mathews, heroes of Part I, are also resurrected for guest appearances as a pair of grave-robbers; fortunately they get theirs early on. Unlike O'Bannon's film, this is merely repetitive and dull, the tedium relieved only by the graphic brain-eating and Philip Bruns' deliciously OTT performance as the mad Doctor Mandel.

Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Screenwriter: Ken Wiederhorn
Cast: James Karen
Thom Mathews
Dana Ashbrook
Marsha Dietlein
Suzanne Snyder
Philip Bruns
Michael Kenworthy

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Thomas Noctor

Classic tongue in cheek 80s comedy horror grew up watching movies like this. It follows a zombie filled town through the eyes of bullied streetsmart Jesse, a 12 year old schoolboy. This succeeds where Planet Terror failed. A must!!!! This is probably the only review this will get but take my advice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thomas Noctor

Classic tongue in cheek 80s comedy horror grew up watching movies like this. It follows a zombie filled town through the eyes of bullied streetsmart Jesse, a 12 year old schoolboy. This succeeds where Planet Terror failed. A must!!!! This is probably the only review this will get but take my advice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!