So, maybe you’ve seen Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead, and Day Of The Dead. And you totally should have seen those movies because they’re all great. But even if you’re well versed in the George Romero zombie-verse, you can’t call yourself a true zombie-phile until you’ve seen Return Of The Living Dead (no relation).
Short of conceiving of and writing the script for Alien, Return Of The Living Dead is unquestionably Dan O’Bannon's most significant and important contribution to the film world. True, it is derivative of Romero's films…but it's so twisted, imaginative, and funny that it holds a well-earned place in any zombie conversation. This, you cannot deny.
Return Of The Living Dead is filled with fun, memorable characters, but the one who has stuck with me the most over the years is Tarman: the single most iconic, recognizable zombie in all of cinema. This, you can also not deny. I didn’t perfectly capture his likeness, but just look at that face! That wall-eyed gaze…those shreds of flesh dangling limply from his slow-cooked chin…that gaping maw that almost resembles a smile…he’s a treat to clap one’s eyes on. And he talks!
Seriously, if you haven’t seen Return Of The Living Dead, you owe it to yourself to do so. It has excellent practical special effects, a brisk pace, suspense, humor, and grotesque visuals to spare, and, if you don’t mind my saying so, an excellent nude scene featuring the gorgeous and infamous Linnea Quigley. This film truly has it all.
Drawn on 2.5x3.5” bristol, inked with one of my numerous Tombow brush pens, colored with Copic markers, and saved in the end by a blender (the marker, not the home appliance) and a white gel pen.