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MORE BRAINS! A Return to the Living Dead (DVD Website) 2011. Documentary. 240 minutes. English. Contains nudity and language. When the bout between George A. Romero and John Russo and who owned the rights of the title Night of the Living Dead stirred controversy when Russo wants to create a sequel, the best path is to always go toward a more unofficial means of creating a similar zombie-genre movie experience. Russo imagined on paper Return of the Living Dead and it was legendary writer Dan O'Bannon who brought its image to life on film, creating a campy atmosphere of quirky, running and talking zombies whose thirst for "brains" became an addiction that could not be ignored. This documentary will delve you into a behind the scenes world that is filled with drama, explanations and a series of events that led to this unofficial sequel that spawned not just one or two sequels, but four sequels (the last two being just tacked on for good measure).
   More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead brings back to you the original cast and cre and all their back stories with the exceptions of a couple of major players whom have died since the original movie, including director Dan O'Bannon. It is hard to believe how much people change over the years, some physically far worse than others, yet they still have that essence and you just know it's them. You also never know how much drama went on behind the scenes and behind the cameras for this flick; the touch of so many hands has Return of the Living Dead been through to reach it's golden point of release to a well-received critic nation and to a gracious public eye that yearned for a more, modernized zombie. The Return of the Living Dead has been forever frozen in time as a campy and remember able film that has a gruesome and shock-filled, if not the best and most well designed, cast of characters ever to be aligned and assembled in a single horror production of the 80's. The work put into a genre determined low budget status and pulling off what you see today on DVD or Blu-ray is a remarkable achievement not just solely by the production crew but by the cast as well playing every character as if their very brains depended on it; one cast member practically did have his life depending on the success of the film as he, at the time, was living in a homeless shelter. The documentary is so very well detailed that you also get for your money's worth a more in-depth explanation on why Linnea Quigley character Trash has no vagina while dancing upon the graves; fascinating! The documentary is very exhausting due to the rich content; so rich that even the documentary has a special features section on the main menu. Odd, right? – Steven Lewis


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