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The Return of the Living Dead
They're Back From The Grave and Ready To Party!
( Comedy / Horror / Sci-Fi )


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US Runtime: 91 min

Premiere Date:
Aug 16, 1985   [USA]
 
Writers: Rudy Ricci   [story]
John A. Russo   [story]
Russell Streiner   [story]
 
Producers: John Daly   [Executive Producer]
Tom Fox   [Producer]
Derek Gibson   [Executive Producer]
 
Music by Matt Clifford
Robert Randles   [additional music]
 
Edited by: Robert Gordon
 
Production Companys: Cinema 84
Hemdale Film Corporation
 


Cast:

Clu Gulager
Burt Wilson
James Karen
Frank
Don Calfa
Ernie Kaltenbrunner
Thom Mathews
Freddy
John Philbin
Chuck
Jewel Shepard
Casey
Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
Spider
Brian Peck
Scuz
Linnea Quigley
Trash
Mark Venturini
Suicide
Jonathan Terry
Col. Horace Glover
Cathleen Cordell
Ethel Glover
Drew Deighan
Paramedic #1
James Dalesandro
Paramedic #2
John Durbin
Radio Corpse #1
 
David Bond
Radio Corpse #2
Bob Libman
Squad Captain
John Stuart West
Foot Cop #1
Michael Crabtree
Foot Cop #2
Ed Krieger
Foot Cop #3
Robert Craighead
Cop #1
Paul Cloud
Cop #2
Derrick Brice
Sgt. Jefferson
Leigh Drake
Dispatcher
Allan Trautman
Tarman
Robert J. Bennett
Headless Tarman
Jerome ’Daniels’ Coleman
Legless Corpse
Cherry Davis
1/2 Woman Corpse
William Stout
Bum (uncredited)
Leslee Bremmer
(uncredited)
 
 

Crew:

Robert L. Blatman
assistant camera
Craig Caton
creature crew
 
Andreas Crawford
best boy grip
Robert Randles
musical advisor
 
 

Special Effects:

Fantasy II Film Effects
Makeup Effects Laboratories Inc.
 
Wizards Inc.
 

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)

 

Tech Info:

Camera:
Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Color Info:
Color (DeLuxe)
Cinematographic Process:
Spherical
Laboratory:
Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA
DeLuxe, USA - prints
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1
Film Negative Format:
35 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm

Quotes:

  • Ernie Kaltenbrunner: What the hell is in those bags?
    Burt Wilson: Rabid weasels.
    Ernie Kaltenbrunner: What? What the hell are you doing with a bunch of rabid weasels?
    Burt Wilson: That's what I was trying to explain to you, they came in as part of a shipment. Of course, they weren't supposed to be rabid.
     
  • Trash: Do you ever wonder about all the different ways of dying? You know, violently? And wonder, like, what would be the most horrible way to die?
    Spider: I try not too think about dying too much.
    Trash: Mm. Well for me, the worst way would be for a bunch of old men to get around me, and start biting and eating me alive.
    Spider: I see.
    Trash: First, they would tear off my clothes...
    Chuck: Hey, somebody get some light over here, Trash is taking off her clothes again.
     
  • Paramedic #1: You have no pulse, your blood pressure's zero-over-zero, you have no papillary response, no reflexes and your temperature is 70 degrees.
    Freddy: Well, what does that mean?
    Paramedic #1: Well, it's a puzzle because, technically, you're not alive. Except you're conscious, so we don't know what it means.
    Freddy: Are you saying we're dead?
    Paramedic #2: Well, let's not jump to conclusions.
    Freddy: Are you saying we're dead?!
    Paramedic #2: No conclusions.
    Paramedic #1: Obviously I didn't mean you were really dead. Dead people don't move around and talk.
     
  • Freddy: You made me brake my hand completely off, Tina.
     
  • Casey: Chuck, I never did like you. Oh, but God, hold me tight.
     

Trivia:

  • Jewel Shepard originally took the role of "Trash", but declined the part after she found out what the wardrobe (or lack there of!) consisted of, So the role was assumed by Linnea Quigley, who became a B-Flick "Scream Queen" mostly because of this movie.
     
  • Dan O'Bannon purposely named the Burt (Clu Gulager) and Ernie (Don Calfa) characters after the Sesame Street characters of the same name.
     
  • Tobe Hooper was originally slated to direct and it was supposed to be filmed in 3-D.
     
  • The nuclear cannon at the end of the film was actually a WWII German Howitzer.
     
  • The eye-test poster (seen most clearly after Frank and Freddy run into Burt's office after hearing the first re-animated cadaver) in Burt's office actually reads "Burt is a slave driver" if you put the letters together.
     

Credits Fun:

  • The credits play over scenes of the movie that involve Frank and Freddy.
     

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