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.
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