The Return of The Living Dead (1985)

In today’s zombie-saturated entertainment landscape, it’s hard to believe there was a time when movie zombies actually ate brains, couldn’t be killed and liked to show their boobs. We’re taking you back to 1985 for Dan O’Bannon’s “The Return of The Living Dead.”

Listener Kevin commissioned this wacky approach to the undead, inspiring the Shat Crew to examine whether “The Return of The Living Dead” had a hidden message on immigration, whether gravity is the ultimate weapon against zombies and whether Ernie was actually a Nazi in hiding.

In this episode, we also discuss Trash’s legendary striptease and recommend “The Return of The Livind Dead” get the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” treatment.

When foreman Frank (James Karen) shows new employee Freddy (Thom Mathews) a secret military experiment in a supply warehouse, the two klutzes accidentally release a gas that reanimates corpses into flesh-eating zombies. As the epidemic spreads throughout Louisville, Ky., and the creatures satisfy their hunger in gory and outlandish ways, Frank and Freddy fight to survive with the help of their boss (Clu Gulager) and a mysterious mortician (Don Calfa).

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