Return of the Living Dead II (1987)

35mm film, Metrocolor
Ultra Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Ken Wiederhorn.

Plot Summary

A group of teens stumble upon one of the lost canisters of the zombie creating 2-4-5 Trioxin and accidentally release it. Soon, they are up to their necks in brain-hungry .


Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Lorimar, Greenfox
Executive Producer: Eugene C. Cashman
Producer: Tom Fox
Co-producer: William S. Gilmore
Script: Ken Wiederhorn
Director of Photography: Robert Elswit
Editor: Charles Bornstein
Music: J. Peter Robinson
Sound Mixer: Glenn Anderson
Make-up Supervisor: Del Armstrong
Hair: Lynn Del Kail
Special Make Up Created by: Kenny Myers
Special Physical Effects: Terry Frazee, Geno Crum, Gene Grigg
Effects Animation: Charles McDonald
Zombie Movements Created by: Derek Loughran
Art Director: Dale Allan Pelton

Michael Kenworthy (Jesse Wilson)
Thor Van Lingen (Billy)
Jason Hogan (Johnny)
James Karen (Ed)
Thom Mathews (Joey)
Suzanne Snyder (Brenda)
Marsha Dietlein (Lucy Wilson)
Suzan Stadner (aerobics instructor)
Jonathon Terry (Colonel)
Dana Ashbrook (Tom Essex)
Sally Smythe (Billy's mom)
Allan Trautman (Tarman)
Don Maxwell (Billy's dad)
Reynold Cindrich (soldier)
Philip Bruns (Doc Mandel)
Mitch Pileggi (Sarge)
Arturo Bonilla (Les)
Terence Riggins (Frank)
James McIntire (officer)
Larry Nicholas (Jesse's double)

Alternative Titles

Le retour des morts vivants II – France
Il ritorno dei morti viventi – parte II – Italy
Der Rückkehr der Höllenzombies – Germany

Sequel to
Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Return of the Living Dead III (1993)

See also
Dirty Harry (1971)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Thriller (1983)



  • Cinefantastique March 1988 pp.6-7 – illustrated article
  • Photoplay March 1989 p.31 – review
  • Samhain no.12 p.30 – review


  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.224-225 – credits
  • Elliot's Guide to Films on Video p. 654 – credits, review
  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.299-301
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film , Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.353-354
  • Zombie by Allan Bryce (ed) pp.56-63 – illustrated article (Sometimes they come back… again: Return of the Living Dead trilogy by Maitland McDonagh)