I watched Return of the Living Dead Part II hoping for something on par with its gleefully fun predecessor. Let’s see how that worked out, shall we?
A cast filled with young adults trying very hard and some genuinely good actors, like Clu Glulager.
James Karen, a lot of fun in the original, returns along with Thom Mathews in – confusingly – completely different roles… having a lot less fun. The major role is played by an untalented thirteen year-old – you’ll (futilely) spend the film hoping that zombies will eat him.
Campy, clever humour.
Cringe-worthy, hokey slapstick, plus a half-decent Michael Jackson “Thriller” gag.
Invigorating ‘80s punk soundtrack, featuring The Damned.
Awful, generic ‘80s synth pop soundtrack, featuring Robert Palmer.
Revolutionary zombie designs – speedy, intelligent zombies plus the best zombie ever, Tarman.
Somehow the zombies have gone back to stock designs as brainless shamblers. An inferior version of Tarman does appear, before being unceremoniously pushed off a cliff by the aforementioned thirteen year-old.
Ambitious, pushing the limits of its low budget.
Uninspired cash-in. Looks like a cheap student film.
Fast-paced and original.
Sluggish pacing and editing, plus the screenplay recycles plot points wholesale from its precursor.