I am probably the worst person to write a review of anything Return of the Living Dead related because I have no ability whatsoever to be objective. I grew up watching and loving the first three films, with the original still remaining among my favorite films of all time. As far as I’m concerned, it’s high time someone made a documentary about this wonderful punk-rock zombie comedy that has since become a cult classic.
And what a documentary it is. Clocking in at well over two hours with all the special features, it is chock full of interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, photos, art, and answers to any question you could possibly have about Return of the Living Dead. There are interviews with all of the surviving cast and several of the crew members. Actor Brian Peck (Scuz), who kept himself involved with the Return franchise over the years, narrates. Actress Beverly Randolph (Tina) co-hosts some of the special features with Peck and also acts as the documentary’s executive producer.
Obviously it’s appealing to any Return fan, but even if you have a passing interest in horror or want to learn more about how films are made, More Brains! will be of interest. Despite it’s long running time, it flies by and was clearly a labor of love from every person involved. The amount of information packed in is a little mind-blowing. It’s a little unorganized at times, with everyone clamoring to give their opinion, but this usually feels more like a strength than a weakness.
Usually I feel like special features are superfluous, but these are actually very enjoyable. There are featurettes about the making of Return 2 and Return 3, a filming locations featurette, a music video, deleted scenes, and, the icing on the cake, director/writer Dan O’Bannon’s final interview. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I cried, but I definitely teared up at the end. Even though he could apparently be a bastard on the set, he was a great man and made many wonderful contributions to the horror genre. He will be missed.
More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead is currently available on DVD.
Visit Samm Deighan’s blog for interesting interviews with Return actress/More Brains! executive producer Beverly Randolph and bit player/her uncle Drew Deighan.