Though it is in fact not Night, Dawn or even Day, but the glorious Return of the Living Dead that Cigarette Burns are delighted to present to you on the evening of Monday 18th May. The first of many monthly nights of delirious cult cinema will kick off with Dan O’Bannon’s classic 1985 zombiethon, starring James Karen and queen of scream, Linnea Quigley.
When a barrel of toxic gas is accidentally cracked at a medical supply warehouse, the residents of the conveniently close by Resurrection Funeral Home are rudely awakened from their celestial slumber, and they’re not happy.
As a group of teenage punks visiting the cemetery are all too quick to discover, the only way for these curmudgeonly cadavers to numb the ‘pain of being dead’, as one legless member of their ranks puts it, is to feast on human brains. And feast they do, as punks and warehouse staff alike try in vain to shield themselves from the ensuing siege on the mortuary they have swiftly barricaded themselves inside.
Flawlessly stylish, with mischievously witty dialogue, dazzling special effects, and one hell of a bitching soundtrack featuring The Cramps, The Damned and Roky Erickson, The Return of the Living Dead is a delight from beginning to climatic end.
If this has whetted your ghoulish palate, then come and join us at The Mucky Pup, 39 Queens Head St, Islington at 8:30 on 18th May. Admission is free, and house chef Kenny Rumbles will be serving hot dogs and popcorn on the night to whet your palate even further. Until then, Cigarette Burners…