Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Return of the Living Dead

A couple of posts ago I was almost lynched because I didn't feature the "zombie" version of Partytime by 45 Grave. I had planned to in this post about this awesome movie. I just wanted to put this one up closer to Halloween. So by popular demand, songs from the soundtrack to The Return of the Living Dead.

The Return of the Living Dead
is a zombie horror film that was released in 1985. The film was written and directed by Dan O'Bannon and starred Clu Gulager(awesome), James Karen(classic), Don Calfa(amazing), Thom Mathews(braiiiiiins) and Beverly Randolph. The film tells the story of how a group of teenage punks deal with the accidental release of a horde of blood thirsty zombies onto an unsuspecting town.
The film is also known for it's soundtrack features several noted deathrock, and punk rock bands of the era and it kicks ass.

Really what more do you need from possibly the best film of the 80's. I saw this film the week it came out and me and my buds sat thru it 3 times the day we went to see it. They didn't chase you out of the theaters back then. You just sat and waited for the next showing. After seeing it 3 times in a row that day we all decided it was one of the best movies we had ever seen.

When it came out on video , we used to hold parties based on this film. We had our own yell at the screen (Rocky Horror) moments. The whole dialogue and we would laugh our ass off and have a great time. The zombies in this movie differ from those in Night of the Living Dead movies. Return's interpretation of zombies have influenced cultural interpretations of zombies, particularly with regard to their hunger for brains and their constant vocalization of this hunger.

* They are fast and can run.
* They are as strong and intelligent as they were in their previous life, and they can also speak sometimes.
* They can form words despite their physical degradation.
* Instead of hunting humans for their flesh, they hunt for the humans' brains, stating that only their consumption eases the pain of being dead.
* It appears that injuries to their brains do not have any effect and the only way to fully destroy them is to cremate their bodies, although the ensuing smoke spreads the contagious gas.

How do you survive that?

One thing that helps is having a kick ass soundtrack. This one is the bomb.
If you have never seen this movie, then I highly recommend you run out and rent this sucker for Halloween . Homercat double guarantees you will love this movie.


Intro Song (Trioxin Mix)
PartyTime (Zombie Version)by 45 Grave
Burn the Flame by Roky Erickson
Let Me Eat Your Brains (movie dialogue)
Classic Horror Flick

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