Return of the Living Dead Movie Trivia

Return of the Living Dead Trivia

You ever fantasize about being Killed?
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Film facts for 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 Tony Cross
James Karen also played the seedy land developer that removed the headstones but left the bodies behind in "Poltergeist".
Thanks to Fabian
The chemical used in the movie to bring back the dead 2,4,5 TRIOXIN is a real chemical. It's real name is just TRIOXIN and is used as a morticians restorative chemical to repair cells and maintain the corpses contours after postmortem tissue constriction.
Thanks to J.R. Weber
In the film Frank says that all human skeletons for teaching and research come from India. This was true, but shortly after the movie came out that practice ended and real skeletons are now much harder to aquire. It is not known whether the film was directly responsible.
Thanks to intothesea13
The names "Ernie" and "Bert" used together in a pair is indeed synonymous with "Sesame Street". However, Jim Henson named them thusly after the policeman, "Bert" and cab driver, "Ernie", from the movie, "It's A Wonderful Life".
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Directed by Dan O'Bannon who also worked on "Star Wars", "Alien", "Star Wars", "Total Recall", "Lifeforce" and much much more.
Director/scriptwriter Dan O'Brien has a double uncredited part as a helicopter loudspeaker officer in addition to a vagrant outside a warehouse.
Thanks to David
Ernest Kaltenbrunner was the head of the German SD (Security Service) during WW2. Ernie is listening to "The Panzers are Rolling Forward in Africa" on his Walkman. He also has a German Walther P-38 pistol!
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John Russo who helped in the writing of the original Night of the Living Dead also helped write this film.
Thanks to WES
Thom Mathews, who played Freddy, starred in the 1986 film "Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives", as Tommy Jarvis. He also came back in 1988 for "Return of the Living Dead Part 2".
Thanks to David Jernigan
The Character Charles Cyphers plays in John Carpenters: The Fog (1979) was named Dan O'Bannon. John Carpenter worked with Dan O'Bannon on Dark Star (1974)
Thanks to Francisco
There is a work print of Return Of The Living Dead floating around the Internet, chiefly on eBay. The work print includes a lot of alternate shots, extensions of already established shots & an alternate ending (which makes perfect sense leading into Return Part 2). If you can, take a look at this.
Thanks to Paul Clarke
I first saw R.O.L.D when I was about seven. It wasn't a very good copy. Something always intrigued me and that was what it said on the eye chart in Berts office. I found out a couple of months back. "BERT IS A SLAVE DRIVER"!
I love to see films making that kind of effort.
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Burt (the owner) and Ernie (crematorium guy) are best friends, like another certain Bert and Ernie on a popular kids program.
Thanks to Nickie
Notice how the living are trapped in places the dead are usually found whereas the zombies are free to roam around where the living usually are.

Bogus Trivia

There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".

But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "Return of the Living Dead".
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