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Story

"Do ya wanna party?" challenges the soundtrack to this freaky and funny reworking of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Paced to the beat of a pounding rock score, this comic flesh feast delivers both laughs and outlandish gore. No longer lumbering, moaning creatures, these lithe, feral, and cunning undead claw their way out of the cemetery and into the skulls of a human smorgasbord. They even master the art of home delivery: "Send more cops," croaks a corpse into a patrol car radio. Director Dan O'Bannon even takes pains to explain their motivation between the tributes to the granddaddy of zombie horrors ("Well, it worked in the movie!" screams James Karen when a pickax to the skull hardly phases a lively cadaver). Not that it really matters amid the gore and gallows humor, but it does add a kick to the cynically sinister climax. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Clu GulagerBurt
James KarenFrank
Don CalfaErnie
Thom MathewsFreddy
Beverly RandolphTina
John PhilbinChuck
Jewel ShepardCasey
Miguel A. Núñez Jr.Spider (as Miguel Nunez)
Brian PeckScuz
Linnea QuigleyTrash
Mark VenturiniSuicide
Jonathan TerryColonel Glover
Cathleen CordellColonel's Wife
Drew DeighanParamedic #1
James DalesandroParamedic #2
John DurbinRadio Corpse #1
David BondRadio Corpse #2
Bob LibmanTac Squad Captain
John Stuart WestRiot Cop #1
Michael CrabtreeRiot Cop #2
Ed KriegerRiot Cop #3
Robert CraigheadCop #1
Paul CloudCop #2
Derrick BriceGunnery Sergeant
Leigh DrakeDispatcher
Terrence HoulihanYellow Cadaver (as Terrence M. Houlihan)
Allan TrautmanTarman
Robert J. BennettHeadless Tarman (as Robert Bennett)
Jerome 'Daniels' ColemanLegless Corpse
Cherry Davis½ Lady Corpse

  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Theme(s): Satire/Parody/Comedy
  • Director: Dan O'Bannon
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 91 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 16, 1985
    EuropeMar 20, 1986
    JapanFeb 15, 1986
    AustraliaOct 24, 1985
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 14, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 27, 2002
    EuropeOct 21, 2002
    JapanApr 2, 2004
  • Also known as:
  • Battalion in Japan
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