Films: Return of the Living Dead (1985), Return of the Living Dead Part 2 (1988), Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993), Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005), Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave (2005)
Alias: Various, most notably the Tarman, the Captive, Julie, Mr. and Mrs. Garrison
Location: Civilized area
Height/Weight: That of average humans.
Summary: Romero's legacy never truly died when he stopped making zombie movies at the time. His friend John Russo had more than a few plans up his sleeve, and man, were they jarring or what?
History: Remember the original attack of the living dead? That was a cover-up from the government. For you see, THEY are the one to blame for your current deformed zombie problems. A chemical known as Trioxin was created to further the U.S.A's war power, but it had an unfortunate side-effect of raising the dead. The sapient, brain-hungry, eternally suffering dead.
Notable Kills: Many zombie-related deaths involve them going for the head, and chewing through them like melons.
Final Fate: Many times over, a true zombie outbreak is averted, mainly through discovering different weaknesses, and the fact that the zombies just seem to be getting weaker with each installment. Then again, the fourth one had an Umbrella rip-off called Hydra, so do you really think they cared at that point?
Powers/Abilities: The zombies can talk, devise plans, deceive the living, and prove to be rather resilient...for the first two films anyway. The fourth one gave us cyborg zombies too.
Weakness: Electricity is the only way to be sure that they are all dead. That, and big explosions. Otherwise, it slowly degrades to anything conventional across the franchise. They are also in a constant state of pain, so they must eat brains to ease it.
Scariness Factor: 4-It's a relief that these guys are getting weaker with each film, but damn, they can be scary. The Tarman in particular might be the most twisted undead shmuck we’ve had the misfortune of meeting ever, practically being a skeleton held together by tar.
Trivia: -The reason these films sort of deviate from Romero's vision in both tone and scope is that Russo and Romero got into a disagreement over how to handle any more sequels under the latter's consent. They agreed to disagree, and took the franchise into their own separate ways, with Russo's films being defined by the "living" part in each title, and Romero's with just "the dead".
-The Tarman was played by Allan Trautman, who's slender frame made it perfect for the monster to look emancipated. Some behind-the-scenes footage even shows the undead horror dancing a merry jig. It's oddly endearing. Brains!