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Monster Movie Review: The Return of the Living Dead 
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Friday, October 31st, 2014 | 08:03 am (UTC) - Thanks for the review Steve!
Anonymous
That was a great review of a movie near and dear to my heart.

Your take on the comedy aspect of the film is something that I realized was there, with the cheesy one-liners and whatnot, but I never really thought of it as a comedy, or horror comedy. But I can definitely see your point. When I mentioned to you earlier that it was the first true horror movie I ever saw, I just meant that its the first movie to ever scare me as a kid. Of course I saw scarier films after that one, but it was the first I can remember. And only now as adults, we can see how cheesy some of those movies really were, but back then we took them seriously.

I absolutely loved your comment about how its the perfect movie for a Saturday night with friends. That brought back so many memories. In the mid 90's, I had a job at a video store, and at the end of the night, we could check out as many movies as we wanted, for free. So sometimes on the weekend my best friend and I would have theme nights like Harrison Ford night, Sci-Fi night, and of course, horror night. 'Return of the Living Dead' would always be front and center for horror night, and I believe there were even 3 sequels back then because I remember 'Return of the Living Dead 4".

And speaking of it being a pure 80's movie with the punk rock and synthesizers, did you also catch the bit of Cold War lip service when the general called in the strike to destroy the zombies, and a projectile with a nuclear warhead was launched from a rail car? I mean, only at the height of Reagan era America did we have nuclear warheads just laying around waiting to be fired from rail cars. Ah, the good ole days!!

And finally, that scene you mentioned when the two characters were trapped in the attic and the Freddie zombie was banging away on the door, trying to get them, was definitely a tense moment. But the scene that scares me to this day was when the paramedic goes out to the ambulance and its all quiet, he opens the driver's door and a few seconds later turns the headlights on, and there are about 20 zombies standing there. He backs away from the door, turns, and there's a big zombie right in front of him. I love that scene. Scene's like that are why I still consider it a horror over a comedy. Good shock value.

Well, I could talk forever about zombie movies, but I don't want to take up too much of your time. I can't wait for your review of '28 Days Later'. I was so excited when you mentioned it. Thanks again for the excellent review of a cult classic!!

Happy Halloween!
Jay
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