Revenge of the Living Dead Girls was released on Blu-ray by Severin Films on Black Friday 29th November 2019 as an uncut special edition that included the soundtrack CD. It was limited to just 2,000 units.
Revisiting the Revenge – Interview with Special Effects Artist Benoit Lestang and Writer Jean-Claude Roy
The Revenge – Interview with Director Pierre B. Reinhard
Inside Studio Lestang – Interview with Special Effects Artist Benoit Lestang
Bonus CD Soundtrack
Here’s our previous coverage of the film:
Revenge of the Living Dead Girls aka The Living Dead is a 1987 French supernatural horror feature film directed by Pierre B. Reinhard from a screenplay written by producer Jean-Claude Roy.
The movie stars Véronique Catanzaro, Kathryn Charly, Sylvie Novak, Anthea Wyler, Laurence Mercier, Patrick Guillemin, Gabor Rassov, Christina Schmidt and Cornélia Wilms.
Originally titled La revanche des mortes vivantes and apparently shot in 1986, the film was released in France on 16 September 1987.
In France, the CEO of a chemical company looks to cheaply dispose of their plant’s chemical waste. He and his secretary come up with the idea to dump it illegally. When the secretary contaminates a milk tanker, it causes several deaths in the town.
The toxic waste, dumped in a nearby graveyard, then causes the recently dead townspeople to rise as ravenous zombies, who seek revenge on the unscrupulous company and its employees…
“There’s not really a story arc. Gross-out is the intent. That goal is met. Like Devil Story, Revenge establishes a half-assed, illogical plot, then promptly explodes in a grimy rhapsody of deviance […] There are several love affairs. Some Hershey-squirt gore, combined with frequent full-frontal nudity.” Bleeding Skull!
“Revenge of the Living Dead Girls is for the heartiest of genre fans only. It’s the kind of film you throw on to enjoy with a group of friends, working better as a satire of sorts than a straight horror experience. Severin Films offers the film with a nice HD transfer and decent extras.” The Digital Bits
” …an oft-neglected piece of gut-gobbling whose wormy whores are undeniably offensive. Wallowing in viscera even while treating more significant themes of political corruption, bribery, and toxicity, this movie succeeds as powerhouse exploitation feature if not in tact. Subtlety has no place in this movie… DVD Drive-In
” … for fans of bad trash cinema, this one is worth a look. Despite some slow spots it offers enough ineptitude, gore and completely unnecessary nudity to satisfy the wants of most exploitation fans and the unintentional hilarity scattered throughout give it a fair amount of entertainment value if you have a tolerance for bad movies.” DVD Talk
“Revenge of the Living Dead Girls is a whirling demonic dervish of babes, blood, and bad taste that is sure to satisfy horror hounds lookin’ to take ‘er sleazy!” Horror Fuel
” … impossible-to-follow-even-if-we-cared plot involving chemical dumping, corporate blackmail, and enough fornication to make a soap opera roll its eyes; everyone seems to be involved with everyone else’s partners. As toxic chemicals seep into the graves of the dead girls, they rise and exact their revenge on those who are responsible – just as the title advertises! See zombie girls rise from the grave looking like cheap knockoffs from Thriller.” IGN
” …the movie is muddled down with 600 sub-plots, bad acting (even taking into account the fact that the streaming version is dubbed) and bad effects. The masks are neat at first and would work for a one-off reveal. You see more of them than you do some of the main characters though. In addition, the movie kills the mask effect by having the zombies disrobe.” Mondo Bizarro
“In the end, the utter nonsense of the whole affair undermines Reinhard’s “Give a hoot, don’t pollute” message and the general sleaziness undermines the female empowerment angle of lady zombies (and Bridget) beating up the boys. What you have is some nakedness, some blood and some terrible dubbing.” Portland Mercury
“Revenge of the Living Dead Girls is pure solid gold trash, a gross and outlandish tale of sex, greed, gore, tits, revenge, death, big business, petty people and zombies that are actually more than what they seem to be. This film is much better than its undeserved bad reputation and definitely deserves rediscovery.” A Wasted Life
” …a horrible zombie movie full of plot holes, soft-core nudity and exploitation, and a handful of short scenes of splatter. We have some cheesy conspiracies, backstabbings and scandals, a poison in the local milk that kills a few women, and a company that pours toxic waste into a graveyard that brings them back to life.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre
” … numerous dull boardroom scenes and typically gratuitous nude scenes featuring the majority of the female cast. Almost everything about this production is inept, thanks to director Pierre B. Reinhard … Gives milk a bad name.” Glenn Kay, Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide
The 1995 British Redemption video release was cut by almost 3 minutes by BBFC censors.