The Return of the Living Dead (1985) | They’re Back From The Grave and Ready To Party!

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

The Return of the Living Dead

Synopsis:

They’re Back From The Dead and Ready to Party! On his first day on the job at a medical supply warehouse, poor Freddy unwittingly releases toxic gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas reanimates an army of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger…for human brains!

Cast & Crew:

Clu Gulager – Burt
James Karen – Frank
Don Calfa – Ernie
Thom Mathews – Freddy
Beverly Randolph – Tina
John Philbin – Chuck
Jewel Shepard – Casey
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. – Spider
Brian Peck – Scuz
Linnea Quigley – Trash
Mark Venturini – Suicide

Director: Dan O’Bannon Writer: Rudy Ricci (story), John A. Russo (story)

Movie Rating: 5 out of 5

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Mini Review:

This is hands down one of my favorite zombie movies. I can still remember seeing it not too long after it came out. I recall my dad renting it on VHS for us to watch. Granted I was only probably around 9 years old but my parents never censored what I was able to watch. I guess since they never made a big deal out of nudity in a movie I never looked at it as a big deal. I loved watching this in the mid-80s and I still love watching it now.

The first horror convention I ever went to was ScareFest and one of the main guests there that year were Linnea Quigley, Don Calfa and Beverly Randolph. Being such a fan of this movie that was an amazing experience for me.

One thing that has always struck me odd was the fact James Karen and Thom Mathews were in the first and second ROTLD films but played different characters. Also noticed they did that for parts 4 and 5 or maybe 5 or 6. Can’t really remember. Either way with this movie 30+ years if you haven’t watched it yet, what in the heck are you waiting for? Get to it!

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Fortress (1985) | The innocents have tasted blood … and they liked it!

Fortress (1985)

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Synopsis:

An Australian school teacher and her students are kidnapped. She and the children fight for their lives and try to escape from their captors.

Cast & Crew:

Sean Garlick – Sid
Rachel Ward – Sally Jones
Elaine Cusick – Mrs. O’Brien
Laurie Moran – Mr. O’Brien
Marc Aden Gray – Tommy
Ray Chubb – Publican
Bradley Meehan – Richard
Rebecca Rigg – Narelle
Beth Buchanan – Leanne
Asher Keddie – Sue
Anna Crawford – Sarah
Richard Terrill – Toby
Vernon Wells – Dabby Duck
Peter Hehir – Father Christmas
David Bradshaw – Pussy Cat

Director: Arch Nicholson Writer: Everett De Roche (screenplay), Gabrielle Lord (novel)

Movie Rating: 5 out of 5

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A lot of times you watch a movie when you are younger then you watch it again as a grown-up and you wonder why you even liked it, but with Fortress I will say this movie has stood up to the test of time. I loved it as a kid and still enjoyed it as a grown-up. I would say it probably ranks in my top 5 if not top 3 movies of all time. Not really sure why it just does. I remember as a kid watching it a few times a month cause I believe HBO aired it often. And I would make it a point to watch it every time it was on.

It’s about a school teacher in Australia in a very small town that has a variety of school-aged kids in the same little school house. One day a bunch of armed men come and take them hostage, and the rest of the movies is them trying to get away and then finally deciding to take a stand and fight back.

It’s a hard movie to come by, it’s not on any of the streaming services or VOD but if you happen to come across, watch it. If you look on YouTube you may also be able to find it but the quality would not do it justice.

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