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TheReturnoftheLivingDead

Perhaps it’s the great, mid-eighties, semi-punk soundtrack, or the broad, slapstick nature of many of the best moments in the film, or that weirdly comical scene in which the punk girl dances nude in the graveyard, but The Return of the Living Dead (1985)—Dan O’Bannon’s offshoot of the original Night of the Living Dead (1968)— is a high water mark in the crowded zombie genre. The film certainly paved the way for the slapstick of Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive (1992) and to a lesser degree Shaun of the Dead (2004). Eschewing the dark, matter-of factness of Romero’s series, O’Bannon executes a quirkiness rarely found in zombie films.

Above is my own take on the poster for the film.

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