Return of the Living DeadMiddle-aged family man Frank trains teenaged Freddy for his new job at a medical supply warehouse. And when the duo accidentally releases a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.
Critic Reviews of "Return of the Living Dead"
Under the RadarFebruary 28, 2017
[Return of the Living Dead] stood the test of time because it blended real scares and a few honest-to-goodness, heart-wrenching moments in with its humor.
The Blu SpotJuly 18, 2016
Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead is a classic of the zombie genre that delivers a good laugh with its silly, over-the-top nature, while also giving you several thrills along the way.
7M PicturesJanuary 18, 2014
an icon of the 80s
Cinema CrazedOctober 14, 2012
For pure eighties, punk rock, walking dead, brain eating mayhem, this is the film to watch.
Little White LiesJune 08, 2012
this overnight zombie apocalypse is a tongue-in-cheek brainload of hard-rocking fun.
Film ThreatMarch 30, 2011
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Sarasota Herald-TribuneSeptember 19, 2010
Ed O'Bannon and John Russo may have intended The Return of the Living Dead as a comedy, but it's just too damn gory, too scary and too good to be dismissed as a zom com.
ESplatterJuly 12, 2008
An amusing, punk variation on the familiar zombie theme.
Calgary MoviesOctober 13, 2007
Equal parts horror and comedy, Return of the Living Dead finds success on both fronts.
Projection BoothOctober 05, 2007
Effectively announces itself as a horror movie deliberately pitted against customary cinematic values.
Slant MagazineSeptember 27, 2007
A tongue-in-cheek, splatter-laden homage to George A. Romero's zombie pictures.
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Actors of "Return of the Living Dead"
Clu GulagerBirth date: 16 November 1928, Holdenville, Oklahoma, USADescription: Clu Gulager was born William Martin Gulager in Holdenville, Hughes County Oklahoma. His nickname was given to him by his father for the clu-clu birds (known in English as martins, like his middle name) that were nesting at the Gulager home at the time Clu was born. He grew up on his uncle's ranch as a cowhand and when he was old enough he joined the United States Marine Corps for a stint from 1946-1948. He got the acting bug being in army plays so when he left he used the GI Bill of rights to study acting. During this time he met his wife another actress Miriam Byrd Nethery they had two children together John born in 1957 and Tom born 1965. He was married over 50 years until she passed away in 2003 from cancer. Clu's career started off as bit parts on popular western shows usually playing the heavy. Shows like Wanted Dead or Alive, Have Gun Will Travel, Laramie, Riverboat. He scored big with The Untouchables as Mad Dog Coll which led to him being offered Billy the Kid on The Tallman from 1960-1961 which also starred Barry Sullivan as Pat Garrett. The show was pulled after two seasons by congress because they didn't like the idea that kids were seeing the outlaw Billy the Kid as a hero. Clu's next big break was playing Deputy Emmett Ryker on the The Virginian from 1964-1968. During this time he also fared very well being Lee Marvin's side kick in the 1964 TV film The Killers, which was considered too violent for TV so it went to theaters. Having being burned out being a TV star he tried to break into films, mostly as a character actor. His stand out films being The Last Picture Show (1971) as Ellen Burstyn's lover and McQ (1974) with John Wayne, A Force of One (1979) with Chuck Norris, later will work with again in the 1990's on Walker, Texas Ranger. He also was part of San Francisco International Airport with Lloyd Bridges which failed big time. Throughout the 70's and 80's he was in almost every show around as bit parts. Then the unthinkable happened he found a second career as a horror film actor he followed the foot steps of other TV actors who were stuck in TV hell, like his costar from The Virginian Doug McClure and Christopher George. Both of them in late 70's and early 80's found new careers in B movie and late night horror films. Clu finally got a lead part in Dan O' Bannon's cult classic The Return of the Living Dead (1985) He also was in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) through out the 80's and 90's he would appear in TV and the occasional horror flick. In 2005 he started acting in his son's horror films the Feasts movies and Piranha DD in his 80's. Not letting age get in his way. He has been a horror fan favorite still shows up at conventions at almost 90 now. You can say one thing about Clu, what a diverse career it has been for this awesome cowboy.
James KarenBirth date: 28 November 1923, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Veteran Broadway, TV and film actor James Karen was encouraged as a young man to take up an acting career by U.S. Congressman Daniel J. Flood, who was an amateur actor himself. In 1947 Karen made his Broadway debut in "A Streetcar Named Desire", which led to appearances in over 20 Broadway productions. His television work began in 1948 with the telecast of "A Christmas Carol", directed by pioneer television producer / director Fred Coe. Since then he has acted in over 100 television shows, including a stint as as Chief Justice Michael Bancroft on First Monday (2002) for CBS. In 1965 he began his film work in the low-budget sci-fi "epic" Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster (1965) and now has an impressive resume of over 80 movies to his credit. He has also filmed a record-breaking 5,000+ television commercials, most while a spokesperson for the Pathmark Supermarket chain in the northeast US. He has been honored with the "Saturn Award" for Lifetime Achievement given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. He has also been presented "The Buster Award", by The International Buster Keaton Society. This award is given to the person who has demonstrated professional excellence in the tradition of Buster Keaton.
Don CalfaBirth date: 3 December 1939, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Don is probably best remembered for his role as "Ernie Kaltenbrunner" in the 1985 comedy horror The Return of the Living Dead (1985). Don's career spans over 40 years in both film and TV. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Ozone Park Queens, and later Westchester, Long Island, Don Calfa was originally interested in a career in the fine arts. He got the acting bug after seeing films such as Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Vertigo (1958). After dropping out of high school to study at Irwin Piscotor's "The Dramatic Workshop", (he finished his degree in night school), Calfa spent two years in summer stock which enabled him to join Actors Equity and eventually get his SAG card.Don has starred alongside some of cinema's greats including Warren Beatty in Bugsy (1991), Michael Douglas in The Star Chamber (1983), Jack Nicholson in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), and many more.Among Don's most memorable roles were as "Mr. Pitts" on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), "Ralph Wilum" in Chrome Hearts (1989) (aka "Chopper Chicks in Zombietown"), "Paulie" in Weekend at Bernie's (1989), "Scarface" in Foul Play (1978). His stage work includes extensive off-off-Broadway work, and he appeared on Broadway in "Lenny".Nowadays, Don still works in the movie business and works the convention circuit in the USA, alongside his friend, Beverly Randolph, who he met on the set of The Return of the Living Dead (1985). Don recently, along with the rest of "The Return of the Living Dead" cast, recorded a cast commentary for a new special edition release of "The Return of the Living Dead". Plans are in motion for a "Return of the Living Dead" cast reunion in the United Kingdom in November 2007 at Birmingham's NEC Memorabilia event.
Thom MathewsBirth date: 28 November 1958, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Thom Mathews was born on November 28, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986), The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and Return of the Living Dead: Part II (1988). He has been married to Karla Jensen since May 10, 2014. He was previously married to Karina Poszar.
Beverly RandolphBirth date: 10 August 1964Description: Beverly Randolph was born on August 10, 1964 as Beverly Dawn Randolph. She is an actress and producer, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Caesar and Otto's Paranormal Halloween (2015) and Return of the Living Dead: The Dead Have Risen (2007). She has been married to Clayton Hartley since 1988. They have one child.
John PhilbinBirth date: 27 April 1960, California, USADescription: John Philbin was born on April 27, 1960 in California, USA as John Phillip Philbin. He is an actor and producer, known for Point Break (1991), The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and Tombstone (1993).
Jewel ShepardBirth date: 3 January 1958, Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Jewel Shepard was born on January 3, 1958, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. Upon first arriving in California in the early 80s, she supported herself by working as a stripper at various Los Angeles clubs and subsequently got a job modeling for car shoots. Jewel began her acting career with minor parts in the enjoyably lowbrow pictures Raw Force (1982), Zapped! (1982), The Junkman (1982) and My Tutor (1983). Shepard gave a delightfully brash performance as the sassy and sarcastic "Casey" in the fantastic horror zombie comedy The Return of the Living Dead (1985). She was likewise quite funny as "Crystal Landers" in both Hollywood Hot Tubs (1984) and Hollywood Hot Tubs 2: Educating Crystal (1990). Other memorable roles are wealthy playgirl "Christina" in the late-night cable-TV soft-core favorite Christina y la reconversión sexual (1984) (aka "Christina"), "Dyanne Stein" in the amusing Party Camp (1987), ditzy prostitute "Wanda" in Roots of Evil (1992) and prison inmate "Amanda" in the sleazy babes-behind-bars opus Caged Heat II: Stripped of Freedom (1994). More recently, Jewel popped up in a small part as a hooker in the terrific independent movie The Cooler (2003). Outside of acting, Shepard has had a career as a writer. Jewel has penned articles for such publications as "Details", "Premiere" and "Cosmopolitan". She has also contributed special features to the Associated Press. Jewel Shepard authored the B-flick queen interview chronicle "Invasion of the B-Girls" -- 19 exploitation film actresses from both the past and present alike are interviewed in this book -- and the often hilarious tell-all autobiography "If I'm So Famous, How Come Nobody's Ever Heard of Me?".
Miguel A. Núñez Jr.Birth date: 11 August 1964, New York City, New York, USADescription: Miguel A. Núñez Jr. was born on August 11, 1964 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Scooby-Doo (2002), The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and Tour of Duty (1987). He has been married to Yulanda Simon since 1994. They have two children.
Brian PeckBirth date: 29 July 1960Description: Brian Peck was born on July 29, 1960. He is known for his work on X2 (2003), The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and Holes (2003).
Linnea QuigleyBirth date: 27 May 1958, Davenport, Iowa, USADescription: Barbara Linnea Quigley was born in Davenport, Iowa, on May 27, 1958 to Heath and Dorothy Quigley. Her Mother was a housewife and her Father a noted Chiropractor and psychologist. After moving with her family to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, the short, petite Linnea began working at a Jack Lalanne Spa. There she was encouraged to try modeling and acting. She soon began getting small parts in commercials and B-movies, such as "Stone Cold Dead" (1979) and "Wheeler" (1975). Her breakout role was in "The Return of the Living Dead" (1985), which has gone on to become a cult classic, and established her firmly as "Queen of the Bs". Her reign was supreme in the late 1980s with such films as "Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama" (1988), "Night of the Demons (1988), and "Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers" (1988) In 2001 Linnea moved to Florida to be closer to her ailing parents who had settled there after her father retired. As of this writing she resides in south Florida with her beloved dogs. She is a devoted animal rights advocate, and also leads a strict Vegan lifestyle. Linnea continues to appear in, and produce films. She also appears at Horror Conventions around the globe, where she is a fan favorite. She has written two books about her life in the B-movie industry, "Bio & Chainsaw," in 1992 and "I'm Screaming as Fast as I Can" in 1995. After more than 35 years and more than 125 films, Linnea Quigley is still "America's Scream Queen".
Mark VenturiniBirth date: 10 January 1961, Illinois, USADescription: Mark Venturini was born on January 10, 1961 in Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) and Out-of-Sync (1995). He died on February 14, 1996 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jonathan TerryBirth date: 10 January 1961, Illinois, USADescription: Jonathan Terry is an actor, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) and Return of the Living Dead: Part II (1988).
Cathleen CordellBirth date: 21 May 1915, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Cathleen Cordell was born on May 21, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Gaslight (1940) and Major Barbara (1941). She died on August 19, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Drew DeighanBirth date: 1957Description: Drew Deighan was born in 1957 as Drew David Deighan. He is an actor and writer, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Hunter (1984).
James DalesandroBirth date: 1957Description: James Dalesandro is an actor, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), The Killing Zone (1991) and East L.A. Warriors (1989).
John DurbinBirth date: 1957Description: John Durbin was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA as John Jackson. He is an actor, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), King of the Hill (1993) and Tully (2000).
David BondBirth date: 13 November 1914, New York City, New York, USADescription: David Bond was born on November 13, 1914 in New York City, New York, USA as Alfred Allegro. He is known for his work on The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Lust for Life (1956) and Julius Caesar (1953). He died on April 16, 1989 in West Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob LibmanBirth date: 13 November 1914, New York City, New York, USADescription: Bob Libman is an actor, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Glory Daze (1995) and Weekend Warriors (1986).
John Stuart WestBirth date: 13 November 1914, New York City, New York, USADescription: John West is the author of the controversial book "The Last Goodnights" a memoir about his assisting his parents with their suicides - thefirst book of its kind to be published in 25 years, and one of only three such books ever written.John has also established The Last Goodnights Organization - the purpose of which is to elevate the discussion about choice and privacy rights in end-of-life issues, and to change the laws to return those rights to the patients - where they properly belong. In addition, he has created a related consulting service - John West Consulting - to advise people who face situations similar to those discussed in his book.John worked as an actor in his 20s, mostly in television but also in film and theater. In his early 30s, he left Hollywood to become a lawyer, and spent the next 15 years practicing civil rights and employment law in Seattle. He returned to Hollywood in 2006, and is executive-producing several films and TV projects.He still does an occasional voice-over or on-camera role, usually in the films of friends. And he continues to selectively expand his executive-producing duties - putting together quality scripts, talented directors, and fair financing.
Michael CrabtreeBirth date: 13 November 1914, New York City, New York, USADescription: Michael Crabtree is an actor and director, known for Temple Grandin (2010), The Life of David Gale (2003) and Tender Mercies (1983).
Ed KriegerBirth date: 13 November 1914, New York City, New York, USADescription: Ed Krieger is known for his work on The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Child's Play 2 (1990) and Alien Nation (1988).
Robert CraigheadBirth date: 13 November 1914, New York City, New York, USADescription: Even before his role as Sheriff Mobley on Tyler Perry's "Too Close to Home", he has been respected as a notable character actor for over 30 years in Hollywood. Robert has made hundreds of appearances in television shows, had roles in over 40 feature films, performed in over 100 theatrical productions across the country and has recently seen success as a country music singer. Growing up in the tiny oil town of Electra Texas, being an actor would not have been an obvious career choice, but for Robert, he could think of nothing else. After finishing high school Robert was accepted to the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in Los Angeles, where he studied acting and performed in the AADA Repertory Company. After graduating, Robert wasted no time in securing work as an actor in film, television and on stage. He was immediately cast in the world premiere musical comedy "Ameritage" that had a successful run of over a year in Beverly Hills. Several guest starring roles on television followed before he secured roles in cult classic films such as "Return of the Living Dead," "Cujo," and "The Bear." Robert then appeared as Lieutenant Frank Conran on the daytime drama "The Bold and The Beautiful" for four years and had a recurring role on "The Young and the Restless." Since his early career, Robert has amassed a long resume of television guest starring roles on just about every crime drama there is, most recently "NCIS: Los Angeles," "NCIS," "Rizzoli & Isles," "Castle," "Southland" and "Criminal Minds" to name a few. Although Robert is well known for his dramatic performances, he has had plenty of opportunity to demonstrate his comedic ability in guest starring roles on television shows including "New Girl," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The Millers," "Crowded," "Childrens Hospital" and upcoming appearances in the new "One Mississippi" with Tig Notaro and "Winslow K. Whitaker" with Michael Ian Black. He can be seen in several upcoming feature films including "The Last Heist" and the soon to be released comedy "The Tiger Hunter" opposite Danny Pudi and Kevin Pollack. Robert still enjoys performing live on stage when his schedule permits. Last year in Los Angeles he starred in The Ruskin Group Theatre's world premiere country musical "Sneaky Ole Time," featuring top hits of Grammy and CMA award winner, Paul Overstreet. Most recently, Robert completed a screenplay in which he will star and is currently in development. Featuring original songs by Paul Overstreet, about a country music singer and his son, titled "Catch a Fallen Star." Robert resides in Los Angeles with his lovely wife of 31 years, Jennifer. They have one daughter and are proud grandparents of an 8 month old grandson.
Paul CloudBirth date: 8 January 1946Description: Paul Cloud was born on January 8, 1946. He was an actor, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), 1941 (1979) and Shattered Spirits (1986). He died on November 29, 1987.
Derrick BriceBirth date: 23 November 1962, New York, USADescription: Derrick Brice was born on November 23, 1962 in New York, USA as Derrick Maurice Brice. He was an actor, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Fame (1982) and Captain EO (1986). He died on June 5, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Leigh DrakeBirth date: 23 November 1962, New York, USADescription: Leigh Drake was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Donna Leigh Drake. She is an actress, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Track of the Moon Beast (1976) and Prime Risk (1985). She was previously married to Timothy Scott.
Terrence HoulihanBirth date: 1959Description: Terrence Houlihan was born in 1959. He is an actor, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), The Assassination File (1996) and Nine Lives (2004).
Allan TrautmanBirth date: 25 May 1955, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Allan Trautman was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has a B.A. in Physics and Drama from Washington University, St. Louis. Got his first job as a puppeteer during college working on "The Letter People."He also has an MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California.Spent two summers performing at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.Stayed in Los Angeles after graduation and performed with Sid and Marty Krofft. First worked with the Muppets in 1990 on MuppetVision 3D, still showing in the Disney theme parks. Began work on Dinosaurs for the Jim Henson Co. in 1991.
Robert J. BennettBirth date: 25 May 1955, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Robert J. Bennett is an actor, known for Die Hard 2 (1990), The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and Private War (1988).
Jerome 'Daniels' ColemanBirth date: 25 May 1955, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Jerome 'Daniels' Coleman is an actor, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985).
Directors of "Return of the Living Dead"
Dan O'BannonBirth date: 30 September 1946, St. Louis, Missouri, USADescription: Dan O'Bannon was inspired at an early age by EC Comics like Tales from the Crypt and old horror films that he saw in St. Louis. He even wrote a few...
Creators of "Return of the Living Dead"
Rudy RicciBirth date: 14 February 1940, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Rudy Ricci was born on February 14, 1940 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA as Rudolph J. Ricci. He was an actor and writer, known for The Return of ...
John A. RussoBirth date: 2 February 1939Description: With twenty books published internationally and nineteen feature movies in worldwide distribution, John Russo has been called a "living legend." He...