Zombies and Strippers and Brains, Oh My! On RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD

Hey everyone, it’s Bryan again!

So with it being October and all, I think it’s time to do a little bit of extra Halloween fun! So for this month, I’ll be taking a little bit of time to discuss some of my favorite, and least favorite horror films.

With that being said, let’s get started with one of my all-time favorite horror flicks, 1985s Return of the Living Dead.

This black comedy/horror took the mythos that George A. Romero began with 1968s Night of the Living Dead and dialed it up to an ‘11’ with tropes that still exist to this day…Brains anyone?

I remember being a little kid in Pittsburgh living smack dab beside the massive Allegheny Cemetery, that also has a crematorium, and each time it would rain I would push my couch in front of the front door just in case the zombies were coming looking for brains. Granted my terror for “Braaaains!” only showed up after the great Linnea Quigley’s cemetery strip tease was over.

What truly makes this film amazing, though, is its soundtrack. This is the quintessential 80s punk/metal/alternative film soundtrack. Tracks from .45 Grave, Roky Erikson, SSQ, and The Cramps still live vividly in my mind. I am singing those songs and remembering the scenes associated with them:

  1. Freddy and Frank passing out as the Trioxin is released
  2. Linnea Quigley dancing in the cemetery
  3. Frank burning
  4. Spider, Burt, Ernie, and Scuz fighting off the horde while they board up the building.

The list could go on and on!

This is the kind of film that inspires laughs and terror, no matter how many times you’ve seen it. Granted there is 80s cheese in this flick. Hell, it’s the 1980s, if there wasn’t cheese I would be so disappointed it would be the same kind of horror/disappointment I felt when I watched Garbage Pail Kids.

So I suggest that you make Return of the Living Dead a serious part of your Halloween viewing. Curl up with that special someone, and turn off the lights as the autumn rains fall and you pop the Blu Ray in, or just pull it up on Amazon and enjoy it. Look out your window to ensure no one is running and decomposing at the same time. Make sure no one is calling for brains. Feel the terror. Get turned on. Feel the terror some more. Laugh. Then feel more terror.

Return of the Living Dead gives you everything you need to scratch that Halloween horror flick itch you’ve been looking to satisfy. Don’t believe me? That’s fine. You don’t have to. I’ll just make sure to send Tarman to your house for your noncompliance.


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