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THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD

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SPECIAL EVENT! Introduced by star James Karen

THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD

(1985, Dan O’Bannon) At the Uneeda Medical Supply Warehouse in Louisville, bumbling foreman James Karen (in a comic tour de force) unwittingly releases some toxic gases — the remains of a  government experiment gone horribly wrong — resulting in a brain-eating free-for-all of the town’s party-loving Undead.  Directorial debut for Dark Star/Alien screenwriter O’Bannon. Introduced by veteran character actor James Karen (The Pursuit of Happyness, Mulholland Dr., Poltergeist, Wall Street, etc., etc. — but perhaps best known to New Yorkers as “The Pathmark Man”), with Q&A to follow screening. Approx. 91 min. 35mm.

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“Any film which features a dead, bald and very hungry punk lurching towards the camera screaming 'More Brains!' gets my vote. An energetic cross-referencing of genre: not just a horror movie, but a comic apocalyptic zombie horror movie. O'Bannon has his cake, eats it, and then throws it up in the face of the audience.”
– Richard Raynor, Time Out (London)

“O’Bannon’s zombies are pretty creepy, the inspiration behind them being an amalgam of the mummies of Guanajuato, the Bog People and E.C. comics. The film is also graced with an excellent soundtrack, with music from bands like The Damned and The Cramps.”
– Phil Hardy, Encyclopedia of Horror

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RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD: Q & A with JAMES KAREN (Recorded May 20, 2013)