Return of the Living Dead Part II is an American zombie horror comedy film that was released in 1988. It was written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn. The film was released by Lorimar Motion Pictures on January 15, 1988, and made $9 million at the box office in the United States. It is the first of four sequels.


The plot follows seven people as they attempt to escape their zombie-filled city. A large number of corpses are reanimated by a barrel of Trioxin gas that had fallen off of a truck transporting it to another location. The barrel is opened by one local teenager who finds the barrel infecting him in the process. In this film it's revealed that the only thing which truly stops the zombies, without the risk of reanimating more corpses, is powerful electric discharges. The electric discharge can stop the reanimating effect created by Trioxin without generating Trioxin fumes the way cremation can.

  • The tar zombie (aka Tarman) from the original film makes a brief cameo appearance.
  • A zombie dress up and looks like Micheal Jackson makes a cameo appearance at the end of the film.
  • A cover of the classic Bobby "Boris" Bickett song "Monster Mash" is played during the ending credits.


Actor Role
Michael Kenworthy Jesse Wilson
Marsha Dietlein Lucy Wilson
Dana Ashbrook Tom Essex
Thom Mathews Joey Hazel
James Karen Ed Mathews
Suzanne Snyder Brenda Herzog
Philip Bruns Doc Mandel
Thor Van Lingen Billy Crowley
Jonathan Terry Colonel Glover
Allan Trautman Tarman
Sally Smythe Mildred Crowley
Don Maxwell George Crowley
Mitch Pileggi Sarge
Forrest J Ackerman Harvey Kramer
Douglas Benson Special Zombie