Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Return of the Living Dead Part II1988

Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)




Critic Consensus: Zero brains.

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Those deadly cans of poisonous gas that turn corpses into carnivorous zombies are back in this sequel to the 1985 version of Return of the Living Dead. This time the trouble begins when the gas bearing cannisters accidentally roll off of an army truck and end up in an old cemetery near a new housing development. Little boys find the innocuous looking drums and open them. A hellish green vapor comes out and suddenly all those it touches get a craving for the contents of human craniums. The film is quite gory, but still black humor abounds to slightly soften the effect.

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Michael Kenworthy
as Jesse Wilson
Suzan Stadner
as Aerobics Instructor
Dana Ashbrook
as Tom Essex
Sally Smythe
as Billy's Mom
Don Maxwell
as Billy's Dad
Philip Bruns
as Doc Mandel
Anne O. Marshall
as Special Zombie
Larry Nicholas
as Jesse's Double
Forrest J Ackerman
as Special Zombie
Doug Benson
as Special Zombie
David Eby
as Special Zombie
Nicholas Hernandez
as Special Zombie
Derek Loughran
as Special Zombie
Richard Moore
as Special Zombie
Steve Neuvenheim
as Special Zombie
Brian Peck
as Special Zombie
Peachy Keene
as Worm Woman
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Critic Reviews for Return of the Living Dead Part II

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

[It's] hard to imagine even die-hard genre fans who adore the original have much that's all that positive to say about this unfortunate misfire.

September 18, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The only saving grace in a totally misguided effort is the performance of character actor Bruns who is quite funny as the slightly off-the-wall doctor.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Not even a nuclear explosion, it seems, can prevent a sequel to a tongue-in-cheek zombie pic.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

... has nothing to do with George Romero's 1968 cult favorite ''Night of the Living Dead.''

May 21, 2003 | Full Review…

This derivative sequel lacks the potency of its predecessor, which clearly possessed "More Brains!"

June 6, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Still self-aware of the zombie nonsense, going so far as to include some slapstick routines, this sequel essentially just repeats the plot from before.

September 7, 2020 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Return of the Living Dead Part II


The sequel follows on from the first with its very very basic and silly plot but this time it goes for the throat with full on comedy over horror and gory effects. The makeup and effects are again excellent and show what can be done with real hands on skills instead of just using CGI. This follow up is not as bloody and in your face as the first but more of a slapstick horror with icky green/brown pus favoured over ye olde claret. The odd thing in this sequel is they clearly follow the same plot route as the first. The plot is your standard zombie outbreak type of thing with toxic waste causing the usual problems, but it all feels like a reboot because the first film used toxic gas as the problem that causes the dead to rise from their graves. From there on its virtually the same spiel, literately!. The use of the same actors in the exact same type of roles, albeit with different names, is strange yet it doesn't seem to matter. The same type of humour and even the same dialog at times make this film feel like a rerun of the first film but with better effects and a lighter tone. Despite the positively evil looking poster art the film isn't very scary at all, its almost a spoof at times, but a very good one. An amusing 'Thriller' mockery moment at the end typifies how silly this franchise has become, but it is quite amusing I must admit. At the end of the day it still a very good horror comedy and doesn't take itself seriously at all which helps. I think the route they decide to take with this franchise after the first film was the right choice otherwise it would have just been seen as a Romero franchise ripoff. The actors are having fun in their roles and the special effects guys are having a blast with all the slimy gruesome gore. Its completely hokey and corny of course, but back in the day these films were fresh and popular and they still hold up today if you ask me. The ultimate popcorn flick and perfect for aspiring monster makeup wannabes.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

This zombie flick is okay, but it's a sequel and not as good as the original, and the actors are bad, and the story is exactly the same as the first too.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

This in my opinion tried to copy the first film without trying anything new or creative. What made the first film so great was the crazy antics of the characters and the zombies. Something that seems to be lacking a bit in this sequel. The film is not helmed by Dan O'bannon who made the first, and who created something special with the first film. The film feels tired and ragged out, and the actors try their best to act out the semingly tired out script. A so-so sequel, but considering the first film is such a classic, this is a disappointment.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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