Horror B-Sides – October 1st, 2013

Long time readers know that every October I try to do something special. Really, every day at Str8 Gangster, No Chaser is something special, but October is like a brick of gold that comes with a Best of Phoenix Marie DVD. This year I decided to go with horror related B-Sides. What that means is every day I’ll post a trailer, a scene, fan-made montages, whatever floats my boat that day. So, without further adue, let’s hop on the good foot..

Return of the Living Dead – 1985

The 1968 version of Night of the Living Dead wasn’t just George A. Romero’s project, he had a partner at the time. When they split, his partner got the rights to use the term “living dead”, hence why Romero’s subsequent projects were simply “of the Dead”. Well, in 1985 we truly got a return of the Living Dead.

Return of the Living Dead is hailed as a classic, and a horror masterpiece. Honestly, I can’t argue with those statements. The movie has an incredible style that blends horror & comedy, backed by fantastic atmosphere & special effects. The zombies in this film aren’t simply living people who’ve been turned, but legit zombies that rise from their century old graves. The make-up effects are incredible, providing the genre with perhaps the greatest looking zombies of all time; giving Savini’s work on Day of the Dead a run for it’s money. Return of the Living Dead is also where the undead’s passion & desire for human brains originated from. Honestly, the fact they have a large interest in eating our brains as opposed to just our general flesh make them even fiercer. Really, my only gripe with the film is that the zombie’s can’t be killed by anything less than a nuke-bomb. I like for there to be a fight, not a simple over-take. Really though, it’s a small complaint for a film so racked with awesomeness. Unfortunately, while this film redefined the genre, their God-awful sequels redefined shittiness. But it matters not, we got hot naked chicks, and brain-munching corpses. Dig it.

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~ by Caliber Winfield on October 1, 2013.

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