RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, 1985, Park Circus/MGM, 90 min. Dir. Dan O’Bannon. "They’re Back … They’re Hungry … And They’re NOT Vegetarian!!" Director-writer Dan O’Bannon’s gory, gleeful, punk-rock godfather of SHAUN OF THE DEAD. In this unofficial "sequel" to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, gas canisters leak at a medical supply warehouse, evaporate and then inadvertently rain down on the nearby cemetery and mortuary. Much skull-splitting, brain-eating hilarity ensues … along with punked-out Linnea Quigley’s unforgettable erotic cemetery dance! With Clu Gulager and Don Calfa as Burt and Ernie, production design by William Stout, and a great soundtrack provided by The Damned, Roky Erickson, The Flesh Eaters and The Cramps. "Send … more ... paramedics."
RE-ANIMATOR, 1985, Holland Releasing, 86 min. Dir. Stuart Gordon. Adapted from the H.P. Lovecraft tale of Herbert West, this mind-bending, darkly funny horror thriller was a breakout hit, establishing newcomer director Stuart Gordon as a force to be reckoned with. Impetuous researcher Jeffrey Combs develops a serum that can bring back the dead, something that his new roommate (Bruce Abbott) hadn’t exactly bargained for. Delivers on every front with laughs, shocks and genuine shivers escalating until the outrageous, gore-drenched finale. With Barbara Crampton and David Gale.
30th Anniversary! EVIL DEAD II, 1987, Rialto Pictures, 84 min. Dir. Sam Raimi. Bruce Campbell returns to the woods to battle demons (and his own possessed hand!) in a sequel that tops the original EVIL DEAD for sheer speed and inventiveness.
CEMETERY MAN (aka DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE), 1996, 105 min. Dir. Michele Soavi. Rupert Everett is Francesco Dellamorte, a lonely, romantic caretaker who needs to keep killing the undead that stubbornly rise from the graves in his cemetery. English dubbed version.
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, 1986, Sony Repertory, 88 min. Dir. Fred Dekker. When a couple of pledges thaw out the corpse of a fraternity member who was infected by aliens, they unleash a zombie epidemic on campus. A loving homage to the B movies of the 1950s. MONSTER SQUAD auteur Fred Dekker directs this cult favorite, which gave Tom Atkins the role of a lifetime. “The good news is your dates are here. The bad news is ... they're dead.”