Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Night 18 of "Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween"

Welcome to night 18 of "Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween". Tonight we have a review of the next movie on our Halloween Movie List. Make sure to stop by our GIANT Giveaway and enter to win a goodie bag full of frightfully good treats from 17 different shops! But first lets get to our featured item of the night from Laughing Vixen Lounge.

Tonight's Featured Item - Zombie Necklace and Zombie Pinup Retro Ring.

Zombie Necklace $28

Zombie Pinup Retro Ring $12

Purchase either of these items from Laughing Vixen Lounge during October and get 10% off. Use code OCTOBER10

Night 18 - Return of the Living Dead

Tagline - They're Back From The Grave and Ready To

Directed by Dan O'Bannon and released on August 16, 1985 by Orion Pictures Corporation (rated R). While working his first day at a medical warehouse, Freddy (Thom Mathews) learns about the top secret toxic bodies down in the basement from co-worker Frank (James Karen). What else is there to do but go look at them and oops...accidentally set them and the toxins free. Meanwhile, Freddy's wannabe punk rocker friends are waiting for him across the street in the graveyard. Bad place to be when the toxins hit those bodies and well, you know the story.

This has been a long time favorite of mine. I loved it when I saw it on video way back when and was pleasantly surprised that it has held up over the years. Yes, this is a big slice of stinky cheese. The acting is bad, the writing is bad and the outfits....eeeh! The 80's! But if you are a fan of the Living Dead movies, and you can appreciate a great bad movie, then you have to give this a try. It makes me laugh and the soundtrack is great.

Some trivia about the movie...
1. Tobe Hooper was originally slated to direct and it was supposed to be filmed in 3-D. Aaah! I did not know this. That would have been soooo cool!!!
2. The eye-test poster (seen most clearly after Frank and Freddy run into Burt's office after hearing the first re-animated cadaver) in Burt's office actually reads "Burt is a slave driver and a cheap son of a b*#ch who's got you and me here" if you put the letters together.
3. Some of the zombie extras were paid more to eat real calf brains in the film. Dan O'Bannon didn't want the actors to do anything he wasn't willing to do and ate some raw calf brains first in front of them.
4. After the "rabid weasels" are brought into the Resurrection Funeral Home and the tarp is removed, what is actually in the bags are those motorized toy monkeys that have the cymbals. The cymbals were removed for obvious reasons.
5. The film's German title is "Verdammt, die Zombies kommen", which is roughly "Oh Crap, the Zombies Are Coming" and the Danish title is "Ligene er ligeglade" which is roughly "The Dead Don't Care" - playing up the comical aspect of the film.
6. On the back of Freddy's jacket, in the theatrical version, the words "F#&k You" are displayed. After realizing that the shot could not be used in case it was ever shown on TV, a second jacket was made that says "Television Version" and can be seen in the TV version of the movie.


  1. will have to set this movie in netflix, if for no other reason than it was released 4 months after my daughter was born!

  2. OMG! That is too gross, eating RAW calf brains. I had to eat cooked brains once. They were prepared in kind of a fluffy pancake. I only took one and didn't chew just swallowed with a lot of wine.


  3. Your trivia is great! This film is classic! A real groaner but fun to watch anyway!

  4. This movie is a classic, awesome mix of comedy and horror and the Tar-man zombie is Awesome!!

  5. Somehow, zombie movies don't work for me...

  6. Can't remember if I've actually seen this one or not. I should rew atch it allto make sure.

  7. Fun to watch -still!!


  8. I also love this 'comical'zombie movie..the trivia facts made me laugh!! This movie is also in our vhs collection of great classic horror

  9. I feel some kind of nostalgy: this is a nice old classic scary fun movie...

  10. I haven't seen this one... Night of the Living Dead still gives me nightmares!

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