Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Return of the Living Dead 2 (1988)

The overwhelming success of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD sparked a virtual remake of the original film with a softer tone and reeled back gore created in the hopes of cashing in on the younger audiences. This self-censored second helping of zombie mayhem lacks every ounce of the sarcastic fun and humor instilled in O'Bannon's superior script. Mathews and Karen return, this time as a pair of goofy grave robbers that are caught up in the midst of a zombie outbreak after the neighborhood kids breech a canister containing an undead corpse that was misplaced during its government transport. Though extra attention (and an increased budget) has been paid towards the make-up FX this round, the viciousness and intelligence of the creatures have been reduced in place of silly gags and bloodless, cartooony gore. The repetitive plot adds nothing unique or interesting to the series, and instead chooses to tread water with minor thrills and mindless characters. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II offers very little to fans of the original film outside of a few cheap laughs at its own expense.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 4/10.
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9 comments:

  1. Oh jeez--definitely don't want to see a remake. Perhaps they should have called it "Return of the Living Dead 2 Lite"

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  2. I've always been curious about this one, but never brave enough to seek it out.

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  3. it was like a kick in the nards, how could they make it so silly only plus... tarman II.

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  5. RotLD2 has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid, so yeah I guess it reached it's target audience. It's silly, but still fun as hell. And I never really considered it a remake, just a story about a different Trioxin "leak".

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  6. Honestly, having watched it without the benefit of seeing the original, I liked this movie. It's bizarre and wacky, but not that bad. It doesn't reinvent the wheel or anything though.

    That said, if I were a big fan of the original, this would probably have been seen about as bad as 'Frank Miller's The Spirit.'

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  7. I dont necessarily hate the film, but coming off of the original it just feels very watered down

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  8. Compared to parts 4 & 5 this is a masterpiece. Parts 4 and 5 did to the ROTLD films what Robocop 3 did to the Robocop films. While the first is my absolute fav part 2 is a fav too. ;)

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  9. I'm definitely one of the originals fans that hate the second one. Awful movie. It tries too hard to imitate the black humor of the original. I would never watch this again. Tried back when the DVD hit, and shut it off and put something else in. Wiederhorn's MEATBALLS 2 is just as pathetic. SHOCK WAVES is his best, most original movie, imo. EYES OF A STRANGER, a low key slasher, is pretty good, too.

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