Return of the Living Dead is my favorite zombie film of all time. I actually think the "Return" series, first 3 only, are far superior to the original 3 Romero films. Filled with gore, great music, and some pretty great comedy moments Return of the Living Dead blew everything away for me. So when Scream Factory announced they we're going to follow up their amazing Blu-ray with Return of the Living Dead 2 I could not wait.
Return of the Living Dead 2 once again uses a military gas called Troxin as it's catalyst. In the opening we see one of these canisters fall off a convoy truck and land in a river in a small town. It's discovered by a group of young boys in the local cemetery who, when attempting to open it, cause a leak and notice a corpse inside the canister. They stop what they are doing and quickly run away. Well except for a boy named Jessie. He wants to call the emergency military number on the canister but the others don't want to get in trouble so they just lock him in a mausoleum so he keeps quiet.
Luckily for Jessie a group of grave robbers show up and when they enter the mausoleum he is able to escape. The other 2 boys return to further investigate and this time open the entire canister causing the Troxin gas to fill the air. Complied with the rain that is pouring down the gas gets into the ground causing the dead from the cemetery to rise up and lay seige to the small town.
Made in 1988 the film was a modest success and did remarkably well on Home Video. Most kids I went to high school with would rent this film on a Friday along with other various horror titles.
The one thing I must say is that conisdering the fact the main characters in Return of the Living Dead 2 are young boys this film would really be popular with the Stranger Things crowd of today. Filled with violence, blood, humor, and yes, charm, this film was Stranger Things before Stranger Things existed. Hell this is more authentic as it was made in the 80s.
Scream Factory has done a great job on this transfer. The print and audio are better than any I have seen. It's even packed in the Collector Slip Case Cover that matches the cover of their Return of the Living Dead release from a while back. As it's Scream Factory it's even loaded up with special features.
A great film. If you saw it when it came out you will still enjoy it today. If you have never seen it watch it. Like I said with all the 80s horror nostalgia going around this is a great camp film to indulge in. It's a great mix of horror and comedy that should be a part of anyone's film collection. Go and pick this one up today
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars