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Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)
by Brian J. Dillard review

With higher production values and lower box-office returns than its predecessor, this teen horror flick follows familiar financial patterns. Artistically, though, it's no better or worse than the first Return of the Living Dead. Casual horror fans would probably enjoy whichever film they saw first, while genre obsessives would find enough variety in plot and special effects to sit happily through both installments. Gags this time include a clever jab at MTV, knowing nods to Tobe Hooper's Salem's Lot and George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, and plenty more horrificomic dialogue from the gruesome zombie legions. Anyone who thinks self-referential horror-comedy began with the '90s Scream franchise should take a peek at this underrated series.