December 14, 2010

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (Zombie Classic)

On the second day of zombie, my true love gave to me.....

     2-4-5 Trioxin
          and a Sumatran rat-monkey.


THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD - 1985    [REVIEW]

Director: Dan O'Bannon
Writers: Rudolph J. Ricci, John Russo, Russ Streiner, and Dan O'Bannon
Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa

SYNOPSIS: When a canister of 2-4-5 Trioxin is accidentally opened in the basement of a medical supply warehouse, the noxious fumes reanimate the dead with a hunger for brains! A group of punker teens hanging out at a nearby graveyard get more than they bargained for when the dead crawl from their crypts and start a party of their own.

BEST LINE: "Send... more... paramedics. "

BEST SCENE: It's a toss up. Either when the Tarman takes his first bite of brains or when Trash gets completely naked and dances to the music of SSQ. Brains or boobs? How can a man choose?



CLASSIC STATUS: In 1985, Return of the Living Dead asked audiences if they wanted to party, and over 25 years later audiences are still saying, "Yes" to the film's infectious mix of humour and zombie thrills. Embracing the notion that audiences can love zombies even more than the human protagonists, Return of the Living Dead put the zombies in the foreground and introduced us to such classic zombies as the Tarman. Featuring a rocking soundtrack with the music of SSQ, The Cramps, and Roky Erickson, the movie was lively as hell and put the fun back in funeral. Most of all, the influence of Return of the Living Dead can be heard at any Zombie Walk. All those people dressed as zombies and shouting for brains owe their mantra to Return of the Living Dead -- the first film to suggest brains as the meal of choice for zombies.