Over the years, my “love” for the horror genre has waned. I find my stomach turning when I hear that an old classic is being remade or another sequel is in the works. One of my all time favorite horror films of the 1980s is the classic Return of the Living Dead. The film, of course, has an abundance of horrible and banal sequels that always trick horror fans into watching them. I guess it is just hard to deal with the fact that none of the many sequels can come even close to “living” up to the original.
I listen to the song Party Time by 45 Grave anytime that I want to reflect on the film without actually watching it. Death-rock and the horror film is a splendid match made in hell. Return of the Living Dead has one of the best soundtracks to ever compliment a horror film. The Cramps, The Damned, The Flesh Eaters, and T.S.O.L. (unfortunately not the original line-up) add a certain fun eerie sound to an already competent horror flick. The punk rockers featured in Return of the Living Dead, for once, actually have music that compliments their aesthetic.
I never thought that featuring slapstick humor in a zombie film would actually be successful. There is nothing I hate more than the horror comedy, but Return of the Living Dead does is solidly. Over the years, the one liners of zombies have stuck in my mind and I can’t complain. After all demanding “MORE BRAINS!!” is something you expect to hear from a zombie and the tarman zombie says it well. The torso of a rotten and topless blonde lets the audience know her fancy is, "not people, BRAINS!” This zombie has always had a close place in my heart.