Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave (2005)

Directed by: Ellory Elkayem

Written by: William Butler & Aaron Strongoni


Aimee-Lynn Chadwick .... Becky
Cory Hardrict .... Cody
John Keefe .... Julian Garrison
Jenny Mollen .... Jenny
Claudiu Bleont .... Aldo Serra
Sorin Cocis .... Gino
Cain Manoli .... Jeremy

Special Appearance:

Peter Coyote .... Uncle Charles

Release Date: Frightfest: August 25, 2007 (U.K.); Sitges International Festival of Fantastic and Horror Cinema: October 11, 2007; Gérardmer Film Festival: January 24, 2008



One cannister of Trioxyin-5 is illegally sold to a man Charlie Garrison (Peter Coyote) and is killed off by zombies along with the others who did deals with him.
His nephew Julian (John Keefe) finds two of them in his attic with his girlfriend Jenny (Jenny Mollen) in which they ask their friend Cody (Cory Hardrict) to analyze and research the product.
Cody instead uses it as a drug which is similar to ecstasy and tries to make money off of it off the college campus they attend to before the arrange a Halloween dance there.
These people suddenly turn into brain eating zombie's and go to the aid of two agents Aldo Serra (Claudiu Bleont) and Gino (Sorin Cocis) to try and wipe out all of these zombie's before an invasion to the city starts to happen.


We spot a sort of ok beginning that involved Uncle Charles and other researchers in a lab trying to do tests on the zombie's in which they look good attacking and screaming BRAINS but people's reactions look very lacking. However, there are good camera shots on them biting people's heads and necks.
We have some shots on the people at a pool party and some of the women taking off their tops which looked cheesy too to cover up the bad moments in this film.
There's also terrible discussions between Aldo Serra and Gino when they try to track down the zombie's and blast them away which looks like the moments on this resembled the stuff off of Ghostbusters and Police Academy.
Good close up shots on Jeremy rolling his eyes and other expressions while being tested with this liquid.
There's also good close up shots on two people in a living room suddenly becoming zombies saying "BRAINS"
However their situations fall flat when they go out on the street and try to come after a woman as it looks extremely wooden.
Also there's a scene with a bunch of zombie's in front of a college campus ready to attack some people as that looked incredibly lacking.
We do have a good shot on a canister of Trioxyin-5 opening up with Tarman yelling BRAINS but that's about the best moments there is in this film.
There is a slightly funny situation with both Aldo and Gino in a football field trying to blow away zombie's while attacking cheerleader but yet the moments on this was quite rusty on that too.
Bottom line is that I can't describe how terrible this film is with the performances and most of all the writing in it.
None of it is convincing at all even if they try to make the humorand horror the same as the first one with the zombie's saying BRAINS!
We have Tarman back but that doesn't make up for the film plus he looks stupid later on trying to hitch for a ride in a vehicle while standing on a freeway (I'm not joking folks).
I can see more and more why there's remakes nowadays cause there's no creative ideas anymore. Let's all hope that another one won't happen. Better off see a remake of the original one if anything.
Skip this one and watch Dance of the Dead which has alot more class.

The acting is very bad and unconvincing as none of them stand out whatsoever but I will mention two of the one's that were worth mentioning here.... Aimee Lynn Chadwick (Becky) tries to pull off her part and does her lines well but still no gold star.
ain Manoli (Jeremy) seems to be the best out of the rest delivering some good comedy to his part in his role since he seems to act believeably goofy. He seemed to have performed not too bad when he's a DJ at his booth for the Halloween dance not feeling too well and turning into a zombie.

Many women at a pool party take their bikini's off barebreasted.

People's heads are bitten
Necks are bitten
Other parts are chewed up
Bloody gun shots in the head
Zombie's heads are chopped off with blood gushing out
Plenty of blood

The composing by Aimee-Lynn Chadwick (Yes the lead actress), Robert Duncan and Ralph Rieckermann is the only good thing about this movie which we have the good ole classical horror sounds along with some thumping and banging too but it doesn't make the story effective sadly.

Tarman: Brains!