Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)

An American horror comedy directed by Ken Wiederhorn, starring James Karen.
A child bully opens a barrel of zombie gas. The boy who is being bullied teams up with his older sister, the cable guy, a doctor and a pair of grave robbers to survive the zombie attack.
This was very much like the first film of the series. There was a little more plot in this one and the characters were more developed. Although stereotypical, the characters are no longer just some punk kid, but identifiable people with relationships to other characters.  This also means that they have back-story. The video was not quite as good as the first film. Nothing can beat the Tarman in the doorway scene. This one had more zombie jokes like falling apart and the zombies speaking. My favorite conversation happened on a walkie talkie: "Doc Mandell here, who's this?" "Brains!". The audio featured similar music to the first film, with Anthrax taking top spot with two songs. Overall, if you liked the first one, this is more of that. It's funnier, but not as surprising. I rate it adequate.

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