More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead

2011

Documentary

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 81%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81% · 50 ratings
IMDb Rating 7.6/10 10 729 729

Director

Top cast

John Philbin as Self
James Karen as Self
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1.08 GB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 59 min
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2.21 GB
1920*1080
English 5.1
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 59 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Platypuschow 7 / 10

More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead: Essential viewing for fans of the series

Let it be known I love the Return Of The Living Dead franchise, well 3/5 of them anyway.

I rank them up there with Romeros work, they are campy energetic fun zombie flicks.

This documentary focuses on the legacy of the first movie and as per this type of film tells the story of its origins, production, special effects and whats happened with it since.

Including interviews with all surviving cast members this was a real treat as many of them are very charismatic and delivered fantastic dialogue.

Sadly it starts slow, the first quarter of the documentary regarding its financing and opening production is very boring.

By the sounds of it the whole thing was a nightmare, full of arguments, dangerous work environment and creative issues.

Thankfully the end result turned out to be an iconic great piece of cinema and this is essential viewing for fans of the movie.

Kudos to the cast, you delivered in the movie and provided fantastic content here as well.

The Good:

Interviews are awesome

Comedy artwork is a nice touch

The Bad:

The movies background is alarmingly boring

Things I Learnt From This Documentary:

Dan O'Bannon sounded like a very questionable human being

James Karen needs to be interviewed more, dude is a riot

Leslie Nielsen was nearly in Return Of The Living Dead!

Reviewed by Woodyanders 9 / 10

Outstanding and informative retrospective documentary

This nearly two hour documentary on the much beloved 1985 horror comedy cult classic "The Return of the Living Dead" gathers together an assortment of cast and crew members to discuss the various aspects of the making of this movie that include the genesis of the project, the casting, the make-up f/x, two weeks of rehearsal, the wardrobe, the often miserable filming conditions shooting at night with simulated rain, the picture's inspired and ingenious blend of horror and humor, the Tarman zombie (Tarman actor Allan Trautman has fun stories to relate about portraying this iconic undead figure), the punk rock soundtrack, the positive box office and critical success, and its exceptional longevity and enduring popularity throughout the decades. Among those interviewed are writer John Russo, cinematographer Jules Brenner, production designer William Stout, co-producer Graham Henderson, make-up artists William Munns (who got fired early in the production), Tony Gardner, and Kenny Myers, casting director Stanzi Stokes, singer Stacey Q., and cast members Don Calfa, Clu Gulager, James Karen, Thom Matthews, Linnea Quigley, Beverly Randolph, Jewel Shepard, Brian Peck (who also narrates), Miguel Nunez Jr., and John Philbin. Quigley has some great stuff to say about her famous cemetery striptease and the resurrection of her character as a zombie, Gulager reveals that he frequently clashed with writer/director Dan O'Bannon throughout the production, Karen talks about coming up with the idea for his character to kill cremate himself in order to avoid becoming a zombie, and there's a touching tribute to O'Bannon at the very end. Loaded with choice clips and a wealth of nifty behind-the-scenes stills, this is absolutely essential viewing for fans of the film.

Reviewed by MrGKB 7 / 10

Very well done retrospective of the classic 80s B-movie...

...but obviously of little interest to anyone other than fans of said film (and its lesser follow-ups) or, at the very least, fans of the late Dan "Alien" O'Bannon, who wrote and directed it. This tidy little doc is essentially a video version of "The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead," by British fan/co-authors Christian Sellers and Gary Smart (with some help from a fellow responsible for a "Nightmare on Elm Street" retrospective which was released a half year prior). This DVD-only release includes several shorter pieces devoted to the first two sequels of "RotLD," as well as a number of other entertaining features including the last interview with O'Bannon before he died. For fans this is easily a "10"; I only give it a "7" due to its limited appeal.

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