Return of the Living Dead Part II is a 1988 American comedy horror film written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn, and starring Michael Kenworthy, Marsha Dietlein, Dana Ashbrook, Thom Mathews, James Karen, and Phil Bruns. It is the first of four sequels to The Return of the Living Dead.
1988's "Return of the Living Dead Part II" is nowhere near the landmark 1985 classic "Return of the Living Dead" in terms of quality. The original film which was directed and written by Dan O'Bannon was a horror film punctuated by comedy that arose naturally from the situations that the characters found themselves in.
15/01/1988 · Return of the Living Dead II: Directed by Ken Wiederhorn. With Michael Kenworthy, Thor Van Lingen, Jason Hogan, James Karen. Curious kids unearth the barrels that previously helped revive the dead, which proves the second time's an undead charm.
Production Concept. The film has its roots in a novel by John Russo also called Return of the Living Dead. When Russo and George A. Romero parted ways after their 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, Russo retained the rights to any titles featuring Living Dead while Romero was free to create his own series of sequels, beginning with Dawn of the Dead.
On Metacritic, Return of the Living Dead III scored 47 out of a 100 based on five critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+ and said "it's chock-full of brain-munching zombies, campy dialogue, and gross anatomical effects–but it's that touch of amore that makes this one so special".
One is completely burning the body (as seen in the cremation scene from The Return of the Living Dead), though burning the body releases Trioxin-laced smoke into the air, which can combine with clouds to create Trioxin-laced rain. Another way is electrocuting the zombie until they cease to move or squirm (see Return of the Living Dead Part II).
In a California town at a military chemical warfare base, a deadly experiment involving the Trioxen gas from "Return of the Living Dead 1 & 2" as it brings the dead back to ghastly life as they crave human brains and Col. Reynolds (Kent McCord) wants to keep them under control.