[[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:
** As noted above, these movies are what started the whole "zombies eating brains" trend, which nowadays has become more of a cliché in zombie pop culture.
** The first two films were also arguably the firsts to display the zombies actually coming out of the ground in a cemetery. Again, something that has since been done to death already.
* {{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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* CompleteMonster: [[NightmareFetishist Flack]], a [[AxCrazy sadistic psychopath]] and former convict, uses the ZombieApocalypse as an excuse to indulge himself. Taking refuge in the Miller house with his partners, Flack rapes the young woman Sue Ellen, and reveals he intends to use the Miller sisters as "zombie bait." Flack and his partner John Carter [[CopKiller shoot a police officer]], leaving his partner tied up so when Flack's victim reanimates, he'll devour his former friend. Upon fleeing, Flack throws a young man named Billy to the zombies and storms a mansion, killing the guards inside and taking the family hostage. Flack then throws them, mother, father and [[WouldHurtAChild a ten-year-old]] to the zombies, gleefully watching as the zombies tear them apart while keeping the Miller sisters to rape at his and Carter's leisure.
* 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.