Title: More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead

Also known as:
N/A

Year: 2011

Genre: Documentary

Language: English

Runtime: 120 min

Director: Bill Philputt

Writer: Thommy Hutson, Christian Sellers & Gary Smart

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2011972/

Plot:
Around 26 years after the making of the zombie classic "Return of the Living Dead" we finally get an 2 hour documentary about it. Cast and crew tell us what they were thinking at the time, how it was to make, what it has achieved, and so on.

Our thoughts:
I'm not the only one to call "Return of the Living Dead" one of the best zombie movies ever made. We've all grown up on it and still to this day I see the greatness in it. To finally get a complete documentary about it is great for fans worldwide. This documentary gives us the inside scoop behind every bit of work, fun, conflicts and problems that the film stood up against while trying to get made.

Mostly done through cast and crew interviews it still manages to give us, at least what I believe, is a very good look into it. They bring up all the good parts of it, but they don't shy away from the bad things either. Even when it comes to talking bad about someone involved. And I suppose that to me was a bit heartbreaking - I've grown up loving this movie and it's just one of those times where you imagine everything behind camera to be just as fun and great as the movie. But this one was littered with problems and conflicts. Such as the effect guy behind Tarman (best zombie ever, kudos to him) being fired because the other zombies turned out so poorly. But at the same time I enjoyed seeing the young replacement and how great he was at what he did. So it's definitely showing the good and bad aspects of it. It's a shame that director Dan O'Bannon died too early to be part of this, but at least his final interview is in the special features.

I will admit that I was a little annoyed by some of the people, they were down-right silly in their comments about something negative at times, but it is better to show it how it is. I would've liked seeing the cast and crew from the original cut some slack over the sequel though. I should say that the disc comes with two shorter documentaries that take a look at the sequels at well. And a large part of the documentary for the second one we have the original cast and crew talking crap about it. And it's a pretty good and fun movie, I think, so it annoyed me to some extent. But again, that's personal opinion and it definitely isn't as good as the original so if they felt it wasn't "true to it" then so be it. But I enjoyed the look into the third part more because it didn't have as much of this. And it had Brian Yuzna!

If you grew up on "Return of the Living Dead" and think it's a fantastic movie then you definitely need to watch this documentary. You won't be getting a better one, that's for sure. Some editing between interviews was a bit eccentric but that's about the only bad part in the actual making of it. It seemed like it showed us everything we needed to see and ultimately left me happy as a fan.

P.S. I took out the ratings. They weren't needed!


Positive things:
- Excellent for fans.
- Shows us some nice behind-the-scenes stuff!
- The disc comes with docu's for part 2 and 3 as well.
Negative things:
- Some of the bullshit annoyed me.

We got this movie from:
CAVD.com

It can be bought from:
Amazon.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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