Return of the Living Dead


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“Return of the Living Dead” is a 1985 American film which was loosely based on the seminal 1968 zombie movie “Night of the Living Dead”, created by George A. Romero and John A. Russo. Like “Night of the Living Dead”, which spawned five sequels and four remakes, “Return of the Living Dead” also spawned a whole series of films, including “Return of the Living Dead Part II” (1988), “Return of the Living Dead 3” (1993), “Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis” (2005) and “Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave” (2005).

Common for all of the “Return of the Living Dead” films is the idea that people who should be dead and gone have somehow been reanimated and have returned to plague the rest of us. The exact cause of this affliction is unknown, although one line of thought is that excessive exposure to certain brain-numbing television programs is involved.

These reanimated individuals display various symptoms, making it fairly easy to spot them. For example, they typically suffer from impaired memory, claiming erroneously that only good things happened when the people they revere were in power, and that all bad things were caused by the opponents of those persons. They also suffer from seriously reduced intelligence, walking around in a kind of daze and reiterating the same slogans again and again in a mindless fashion. Attempting to communicate with them is an exercise in futility, as they are no longer capable of participating in any intelligent dialog.

The most serious problem related to these reanimated “Return of the Living Dead” characters is how to get rid of them. The fact that they shouldn’t even be there implies that most of the standard techniques for disposing of unwanted persons does not have any effect on them; they just keep coming back again and again to bother us. In fact, the latest events seem to indicate that with each resurgence they become ever more annoying and irritating.

In “Learning to Live with the Living Dead”, author Jason Willoughby writes that the best strategy for dealing with these individuals is to ignore them as much as possible, and that when that becomes intolerable, then large doses of ridicule should be applied. He is currently negotiating with several publishers, trying to get the best price for his next book: “Keeping your Sanity by Laughing at the Living Dead”.

One Response to “Return of the Living Dead”

  1. First posted Jan. 20, 2010, a few days after Scott Brown, a Republican, won the special election in the state of Massachusetts to fill the Senate seat that had been held be Democrat Teddy Kennedy for 48 years.

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