[[folder:The Film Series]]
* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music Of Awesome]]:
** Trioxin. Doubles as a BootstrappedTheme.
** The first film is notable for its entirely punk-rock soundtrack, particularly Music/TheCramps' punk/surf rock-pastiche "Surfin' Dead", and for its clever and haunting use of Roky Erickson's "Burn The Flames"; see MurderByCremation.
* MemeticMutation: Zombie movies changed after ''Return''. Number one: zombies want '''''braaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiins'''''.
* NewerThanTheyThink: This franchise started the BrainFood thing.
* OlderThanTheyThink: This series had fast zombies before fast zombies were cool. In fact, while not technically the first (the first zombie in ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' actually moves fairly quickly, and a film made five years before the first ''Return'', called ''Nightmare City'' also had running zombies), it's arguably the first to really expose horror fans to running zombies. Furthermore, while some zombies were shown using very simple tools in ''Night'' (one zombie uses a rock to smash in Barbara's car window, another uses a rock to smash the lights on Ben's car, Karen uses a trowel to stab someone to death), ''Return'' was the first big zombie film to depict zombies with logic skills, problem-solving skills and the ability to use sophisticated tools (see: Tarman using a chain and winch combination to rip the doors off of a cupboard to get Tina), predating ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985''.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The fact that zombies eat brains was considered to be a marvelous change in the zombie horror genre back then. Nowadays, it's become more of a cliché in zombie pop culture.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The first is generally viewed as good, the second is viewed as a step down but an overall enjoyable movie, and the third is viewed as a good movie in the wrong series entirely. The fourth and fifth... they're [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel original movies]].

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* ContestedSequel: Due to ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' and ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'' coming out, ''Return of the Living Dead'' essentially isn't part of the ''Living Dead'' canon anymore.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: The scene where the zombie eats Angel is written like a rape scene. He knocks her unconscious, rips off her clothes and flings her onto Bert Miller's bed. And when he begins eating her, he seems unusually focused on her sexual organs and breasts.
* OlderThanTheyThink: This does the "zombie baby" thing long before the ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' remake.