It had been a while since my wife and I were able to get the kids in bed early enough for us to sit down and watch a movie that wasn’t family friendly. So, when we finally got the living room to ourselves last night, I decided to take advantage of it by watching an older movie; Return of the Living Dead.
I had seen this movie, which is a sequel to the remake of Night of the Living Dead. But, it had been a while and the only thing I remembered about it is it was more of a comedy than a horror film (though I couldn’t remember if that was intentional or not). And, after watching it for a second time, I honestly didn’t have much of a first impression of it.
However, after thinking it over a bit, I came to realize this movie really isn’t too bad.
There are some things not to like about this movie. First, the dialog is a little on the weak side. And, like many horror films made in the 1980s, there is an overkill on gore and quite a bit of nudity (one of the females runs around naked for about half the film). If you take the time to look past that, however, you have a pretty decent zombie movie.
First, the premise is believable (or, as believable as a movie like this can get). The characters reveal that the original Night of the Living Dead was really a true story based on some cadavers that came to life in a Pittsburgh hospital because of a special chemical. But, the movie wasn’t very accurate when it came to the zombies itself. The major differences include the zombies being intelligent (they can speak) and they can’t be killed. The only way of stopping them is by incinerating their bodies.
As I said in the past, the best horror movies are those that give you a feeling of helplessness when it comes to the main characters. And, this one succeeds. The survivors are trapped in a mortuary surrounded by a cemetery full of zombies. Everyone who comes to rescue them is killed immediately and their one attempt at escaping is a complete disaster. It’s one of those movies that you know is not going to have a happy ending and, because of that, you just need to watch to find out what happens.
Final Opinion: It’s not the best zombie movie ever made but it is one that is worth watching.
Average Netflix Grade: 3.4 stars out of a possible 5.
My Grade: 3 stars