director Ken Wiederhorn
Okay, okay, Return of the Living Dead Part II is a serious let-down from The Return of the Living Dead (1985). Written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn is not the same as written and directed by Dan O’Bannon. Even with James Karen and Thom Matthews appearing again in this alternate universe Return of the Living Dead, it’s just a serious level or two below the other.
It’s still comedic, but skewed to the vantage of a kid, rather than a bunch of punks.
Oddly enough, I’m pretty sure that I also saw this one in the theater on its initial release. We were living behind one of Gainesville, FL’s few movie theaters and a friend had a friend who snuck us in for free. I think it says something that I remember more about sneaking into the movie than anything about the movie, other than its connection to its predecessor.
All that said, I still enjoyed it apparently more than most. The 1985 The Return of the Living Dead is a true gem. The 1988 Part II is campily bad, hammy, silly, but does have some decent visual effects and flashes of fun.