Return of the Living Dead 5 (2005)

When a group of teens stumble upon the last remaining container of Trioxin, the nerve gas responsible for turning people in to brain-munching zombies, they do the only thing they can think of with the drum: use it to make a new hallucinatory drug to sell at the upcoming rave. Needless to say, the partygoers begin having a bad trip when their friends start eating one another. After the empty rehash used in the previous sequel, this off-beat premise chocked full of low brow humor is a welcome change-up for the series. Ellory Elkayem returns to the director's chair, bringing with him the same gratuitous gore and practical FX that stood out in part 4. The poorly written characters are more easily forgivable thanks to the mindless comedy and toilet humor, while the pacing is maintained thanks to a steady stream of blood that makes it way through the entire picture. RAVE even includes a gooey new (though not necessarily improved) Tar Man in addition to the countless other ghouls. For a film subtitled RAVE TO THE GRAVE, this series closer delivers on all the stupid fun and zombie mayhem that the title suggests.

Rating: 5/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.
Gore: 7/10.
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  1. I still have to ask: why was Tar Man in here? What did he add? It was pretty just so they could say 'here's a zombie from the original- like our shit!'

    You're right on the gore, although it did get a bit repetitive. Zombies only ever bit people from behind, took the one bite and quit. That's precise...for a mindless killing machine.

  2. It was the subtle nod to the original much to the same effect as the "Send more doctors" reference in NECROPOLIS. I'll give them this: he should have looked a hell of a lot worse. The design was actually pretty good, though no comparison to THE Tar Man.