Today’s featured film is The Return of the Living Dead (1985). Although this film sounds like a sequel to George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, it’s not but is based on what happened in Night of the Living Dead. The Return of the Living Dead‘s director and screenplay writer Dan O’Bannon worked together with George Romero on the screenplay for Night of the Living Dead, but the two parted ways soon after. They had a gentleman’s agreement to allow the other to keep making sequels, thus O’Bannon’s The Return of the Living Dead was made.
For those of you who have seen Night of the Living Dead, you’ll definitely notice major changes between the two films. O’Bannon’s take on the film has a dark comedic element to it and features many rock and punk bands that were popular during the time of its making. If you’re looking for a dark comedy, you should definitely check this film out.
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As always, I’m leaving a trailer of The Return of the Living Dead below.