Return of the Living Dead Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Return of the Living Dead

You ever fantasize about being Killed?
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Go behind the scenes on the 1985 Horror / Occult movie starring Clu Gulager, Don Calfa, James Karen, Brian Peck

Beverly Randolph (II), Linnea Quigley, Thom Mathews, John Philbin, David Bond, Cathleen Cordell, James Dalesandro, Drew Deighan, John Durbin, Bob Libman, Miguel A. Nez Jr., Dan O'Bannon, Jewel Shepard, Jonathan Terry, Mark Venturini Update Cast

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Thanks to Wen C Bailey
The glass in the tank breaking at the beginning of the film was actually a happy accident. You see the heat from the melting wax corpse was too much for the glass to bear and it cracked. That was in the end a good thing, it at least gave us an explaination for how a horribly rotten corpse could escape from a tank designed by the U.S. Army's core of engineers, a supposedly unbreakable tank.
Thanks to J.R. Weber
Originally the movie was to be directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) and produced by George Romero, the original creator of the Living Dead series, but Living Dead producer, John Russo, convinced them to end their involvement and even tried to sue the filmmakers for using "Living Dead" in the title. Ironically, the script is adapted from a novel by Russo.
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Linnea Quigley wore a body suit to cover her privates below the waist during her seductive dance in the graveyard.
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When doing the production design before the movie, Mr. O'Bannon and co. went around to a number of funeral parlors to get ideas, but were not let in to any of them to look around.
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Don Calfa, who plays Ernie, got annoyed with the ripped bottom of his sweatsuit flapping against his leg in one of the scenes so he cut it off with scissors, which was unscripted, yet kept in the film.

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Deleted Scenes

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Alternate Versions

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1985 Fox Films Ltd.
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