Thursday, January 25, 2018

VHS Revival Presents: Return of the Living Dead Part II

On January 15, 1988, audiences were treated to the sequel to 1985's The Return of the Living Dead.  Written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn, director of the Nazi zombie thriller Shock Waves and the Bill Murray-less Meatballs Part II, this follow-up shows us that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  The military once again loses a barrel of the chemical 245 Trioxin, and when a trio of kids discover the canister in a storm drain, it's only a matter of time before something bad happens.

Soon, the barrel is cracked open, releasing the gas into the atmosphere, and the next thing you know, the dead are crawling out of the ground, on the hunt for brains.  Watch as our characters evade zombies easily distracted by aerobics videos, and who are also capable of driving automobiles.  Throw logic out the window as two actors from the first film are back, practically playing the same characters, and going through the same motions.  All this and more in a film that's like Stranger Things or The Goonies, but with zombies and severed heads with inexplicable Southern accents.

BE AFRAID!!  I think.


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