TDK's Horror Reviews: Return of the Living Dead(1985)

So yesterday I thought it would be great if I make a segment like this in which I review horror movies that I have seen.I am a big horror fan and I have seen many reviews over the years and I thought why not.So from now on I will review horror classics,modern horrors and maybe sometime some horor games.We'll see.

So the first movie of this segment will be a zombie classic - The Return of the Living Dead.Since I was little I always refused to watch zombie movies because I was never really interested into the whole thing.But since I watched The Walking Dead I started slowly to love the zombies and the whole genre.And then I remembered that when I was a kid I watched the third part of this movie and got really scared.So I thought I should watch the whole series and give my opinion on them.

So this is a basic zombie movie.It starts with a guy starting to work in a storehouse and he is learning the basics of the job.And his tutor tells him about real life zombies being stored in the basement which are actually the things from another horror classic - Night of the Living Dead.And so they act stupid,go downstairs and see the things and of course they do a stupid thing and hit the barrels the zombies are in.And some strange gas is released and they get knocked down.Later on the guy's friends go to take him to a party and they caught in the middle of the whole thing because of the gas that is released all of the zombies in the cemetery next to them rise up.And that's where everything begins.

This is supposed to be a commedy horror and in the beginning it is something like that.The whole reason about the rise of the dead is stupid and it is normal in a horror movie.There is always that fool that gets everything into action in a horror flick.This actually plays out perfectly with the actors.They are not some really famous guys that everyone knows but they do a good job.They act really paranoid and who wouldn't be when they see the dead rise from the grave.Sometimes they were exagerating and it was annoying with all of the forced screaming but maybe that's how they do it.My absolute favorite character here was Spider.And the actor that played him was that black guy I really like as an actor but I can't get to memorize his name.He did the most brilliant job of the bunch of guys that were in this and he deserves the most respect.

And I am coming to the most important part,the zombies.Were they frightening - maybe.Were they good - for me no.In this movie there were those kinds of zombies which I don't like.The zombies that non stop are saying 'BRAIIINSS!' and that word was said too many times in this movie.Because of that phrase I have hated zombie movies my whole life.I want the zombies to be silent and frightening,not mindless idiots that yell non stop what they want to eat.I get it,they eat brains.Also I don't know why but like 95% of the zombies that came from the cemetery looked like they have died like 2 weeks ago and that cemetery looked abandoned for years.Almost none of them had lost shape and looked like dirty,sick people.I don't have a particular problem with that but I found it strange.

The strangest and worst moment for me in the movie was when the paramedics were being eaten by the zombies.And whenever the zombies had already ate them,they went into the ambulance and ordered more and later that happened with the police officers also.It looked like they were in a restaurant and were just ordering more and more meals because their hunger wasn't going away.I didn't get the part why they were so smart.I know that they were reanimated people and not actually zombies but still if you die I don't think that you will be intelligent enough to construct a right sentence.

The thing I liked the most was that even if you damaged enough the brain the zombies weren't dying.And that was because they were reanimated and even if you cut their arm the arm would still function on it's own.That thing was brilliant for me and was adding more for the suspense.In a moment like that if you are locked into a cemetery which is overrun by zombies and there is now way you can stop them you should just kill yourself.That was the thing that worked as a turning point for me and made this better than it was and made it a pretty good horror movie.

In the end I should say that this could have been better if they hadn't tried to make it a comedy also and just went with horror only.The movie would have worked way better and would have been way more frightening.They went the right way with the movie but made the horrible mistake and made the zombies say 'BRAINSSS!' non stop.And so this is it.I liked the movie but had some small problems that bugged me a little but I really want to see the next parts of the series.

RATING : 6.5/10

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Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

I remember watching this film when I was a kid and form what I remember it's a great grindhouse horror film. I to love the truly indestructible zombies that just keep going even if they have no head or if an arm is cut off and it pulls it's self along the floor.

Good review, can't wait for the next one :-)

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