Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)

This movie has such a challenge to overcome because Return of the Living Dead is just so good. Despite being even sillier than that movie, at least it tries.

As the zombie outbreak in Louisville continues, a military truck transporting barrels of Trioxin loses one in a river. Yes, this is how the end will arrive. It will also arrive at the hands of teen bullies, who are way more frightening than zombies.

Ken Wiederhorn has a history of making movies that are way better than critics think they are like Shock WavesEyes of a StrangerMeatballs IIDark Tower and yes, King Frat.

Thom Mathews and James Karen — as Ed Mathews and Joey Hazel — are pretty much the same characters as they were in the last movie. Joey even says, “I feel like we’ve been here before. You… me…them!” as he looks at us, the audience. Jonathan Terry also was back as Colonel Glover.

This movie also has an interesting soundtrack, which is another similarity with the first one. There’s a diverse mix here with everything from Julian Cope, Anthrax and Mantronix to Leatherwolf and Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction.

But yeah. It’s never going to be as good as the first movie for so many reasons and the only one you need is Linnea Quigley.

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