The Return of the Living Dead / quad / UK

29.02.12

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Title
The Return of the Living Dead
AKA
Battalion (Japan - English title)
Year of Film
1985
Director
Dan O'Bannon
Starring
Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, John Philbin, Jewel Shepard, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Brian Peck, Linnea Quigley, Mark Venturini, Jonathan Terry
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Horror | Comedy
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
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Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1985
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
30 2/16" x 39 15/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
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Tagline
They're Back! .. And They're Hungry...

An extremely low-fi poster for the UK release of the excellent 1985 horror comedy The Return of the Living Dead. The image is of Jerome ‘Daniels’ Coleman who plays the rather terrifying legless zombie who chomps on a paramedic before chasing Don Calfa. A clip of him in action is on YouTube.

Apparently Coleman was an amputee who could run on his stumps and was discovered by one of the film’s producers living on the streets of L.A. The effect is extremely effective, particularly when coupled with his blood-curdling screams. It’s one of the few truly creepy moments in the whole film, in my opinion.

The US one sheet is markedly different and can be seen here.

The original trailer is on YouTube.

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  1. Author
    Posted by Lenny
    Date Posted
    on 29 February 2012

    Awesome, never seen this one. I have a ton of RotLD stuff.

  2. Author
    Posted by Steve Mitz May
    Date Posted
    on 29 April 2013

    Great poster. Not as awesome as Graham Humphrey’s art for the 1986 Vestron Video release sleeve and promotional poster (Which I am desperately trying to re-obtain)

  3. Author
    Posted by eddie
    Date Posted
    on 7 May 2013

    I’d have to agree with you there. Graham’s artwork is superb!