The Return of the Living Dead (1985) 1 brain1 brain1 brain

I was in the mood for a Romero-esque zombie film, so I pulled this one off the shelf. It's a low-budget film about two medical supply warehouse employees that accidentally release a gas that ends up causing all the bodies in the local cemetery to rise. The zombies in this film are clever and quick, making things tough for the heroes. Things are made harder by the interference of a group of punks, who only become aware of the zombie problem until it's too late. The film is a lot of fun to watch, varying between comic and action sequences, and even though the low budget of the film is apparent, the story is still good.

An interesting plot line was that in this movie, one of the characters discusses when the zombie gas reputedly caused an incident in the past, which spawned a movie. Savvy zombie film viewers will recognize this as a reference to Night of the Living Dead. I don't think they ever mentioned this film by name, but the implication was clear that the whole story involving the radiation from the comet was just to misdirect the attention of the public from the government, who created the gas.

This movie has one definite B-movie stamp, which is the presence of Linnea Quigley as one of the punk crowd. The cast has one or two other familiar faces, but overall they are relative unknowns. However, they still do a passable job.