A RETROCRUSH INTERVIEW WITH TINA
FROM THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
The Return of the Living Dead
is one of THE best Zombie movies ever made. Recently, we were lucky
enough to talk with Beverly Randolph who played Tina, the nice girl
in this 1985 horror movie classic.
Were you always a fan of the horror genre?
itís funny because I just did a
myspace page. One of the things I put down was that I like
Romantic comedies and I dislike scary movies very much. My all time
movie that I dislike the most is The Wizard of Oz. That
tainted me for life.
Did your momís work as an art director in movies
influence you to become an actress?
No, not at all. I have
a twin sister so when we were little we did, "A Very Special Favor"
and we did a lot of commercials. Then we stopped working. We were
always at the studio because thatís where my mom was. Weíd sit on a
set and my mom was doing 1941 and weíd talk to John Belushi. I
didnít think it was that big of a thing.
An ex-boyfriend of mine
from high school said, "Come have lunch with me over at the studio."
His father owns a backing company. I fell back into it. I had no idea
how difficult it is to get into the film business through the other
Did you meet Steven
Spielberg on the set of 1941?
My mom worked for
Amblin on some other films after that. They have a commissary there
for employees. Itís really nice. Heíd walk upstairs to his office and
youíd always see him. I never really met him.
Was there an ET puppet in the corner?
The building is in a
Santa Fe style. This place you drive in and thereís security, but
itís so homey and comfortable. Itís like being at home in a kitchen.
In the art department youíd always see a lot of props from the movie
they were working on at the time. I donít remember ET. Youíd walk one
way and see lots of posters. Youíd walk around another corner and
there would be celebrities making deals or visiting.
My mom worked on
Goonies. I watched them build the ship and the lagoon for that.
It was amazing. I remember when they went to go shoot Michael Jackson
showed up with an entourage of children. Emmanuel Lewis was sitting
on his lap. Even at that time when I was a teenage girl I thought,
"Gee, thatís really weird." It was fascinating watching John Matuszak
go from being him into that scary critter he was in the movie. I now
realize how fortunate I was to see all of that.
Were you friends with Linnea Quigley, the punk girl
in The Return of the Living Dead?
Not at the time and
they attached someone else for that role. She was called Legs in the
beginning and they transferred it to Trash. They had hired someone
else, but she had gotten pregnant. Linnea came on a bit later. Now I
keep in touch with her. Weíre meeting in Austin for Return at
the Draft House which should be a lot of fun.
You werenít up for the role of the punk girl?
No, I was only
considered for Tina. I wouldnít have done Trash. Iíd be too
There was a nude scene with Trash.
Yeah, she had a major
nude scene. I have talked to her. Sheís very natural anyway. Sheís a
vegetarian and sheís got this beautiful figure. Sheís this petite
little thing and she still is today. I wish I was that brave. No, I
donít. I take it back. Itís just girl envy sometimes.
Was having your brains eaten a difficult scene in the
never had my brains eaten in that one. The end of my role in the
movie was when I was in the attic with Don and he had held a gun to
my head and he was going to kill me. Freddy came up through the trap
door in the attic.
Doesnít he ask you for your brain?
He wants to, but then
the bomb goes off and we never quite know what happens.
Part two is so similar in that it was like a remake.
We were all told we
were going to do The Return of the Living Dead Part 2. It was
a very odd thing. Then they did a copy of it. I think in that movie
she does do something like that.
There is a creepy line where he goes, "I can smell
That was in our movie.
He keeps running around Tina because he was blinded by the acid. Heís
looking for me because he can smell me. It was very weird. Itís
Itís almost like when a guy is trying to make a
sexual move on a girl.
It seems like a guy
How do you prepare for a scene like that?
He didnít give much
direction. It was kind of funny. The director didnít say much. I just
did what I thought was right. I remember he would take me and
physically turn me and tell me I want you to go in that direction. He
was nice in the way that he would get everybody on set and had them
be quiet for five minutes to get me ready for all the crying scenes I
At the end I couldnít
cry anymore. I remember the makeup woman coming over and blowing mint
or menthol in my eyes to try and get me to tear up. I was like, "Oh
Brother, this is going to be a bad day." I could cry, but nothing is
going to come out of my eyes.
Overall, was it a good experience?
It was a very volatile
set. I remember Clu Gulager throwing a vase across the set and it
shattered everywhere. There was a lot of fighting. Not amongst the
crew, not amongst the cast, but with the director and different
people. He was pretty feisty. There was a little bit of trouble
I consider it to be one of the best horror movies of
like when I see people at conventions and they say, "Oh, I havenít
seen that one." I forget that Iím in it and I say, "Oh, you should
see it. Itís quite good. There are butterflies that flutter when the
gas hits them. There are some things that are really interesting like
the half dog."
The half dog is always funny in that itís cut in half
Don, James, and crew
are brilliant. Theyíre so much fun. Don with the hand that grabs his
leg and heís shaking it off and shooting it with his German pistol.
You played such a nice girl in The Return of the
Living Dead. Is there something bad about you that weíd be
surprised to know?
There are six girls in
my family with three stepsisters. We had a house that had two
bathrooms. My mother had one of the bathrooms and we were forbidden
to go in there. We would fight. We would have all out "Iím going to
kill you" battles with hot curling irons and hair brushes. It was the
1980ís and there were a lot of curling irons plugged in there. Thatís
the big dirt on me I used to get in all out brawls with hot curling
irons and brushes.
Those curling iron burns can be painful.
Oh yeah. I remember
burning myself just curling my hair. When someone comes at you with
that hot iron you run.
That could be your next horror movie role: The
Curling Iron Killer. The people are all dead, but they have nicely
Teenage girls are
awful. Weíre miserable, nasty, and cruel.
Did you have a buddy on the set?
The cast did sit
together and we visited. I hung out with Miguel a bit after the
movie. Weíd go to dance clubs.
What were the LA clubs like at the time?
Oh gosh it was the
1980ís. It was amazing. He was good friends with Rick James. Miguelís
got stories I tell you. I went to this one popular club in Los
Angeles or Beverly Hills I canít remember which one. I shouted out,
"Thereís Miguel." He said, "Come on, join us!" I had a girlfriend
with me and heís sitting there with Rick James, and two beautiful
women and Jaclyn Smithís husband at the time I canít remember.
He ordered Champagne
and there were roses. Then we went to his Chateau Marmont hotel. The
girls took off their clothes and went swimming. I had a girlfriend
with me who was very naÔve. I was naÔve as well. I pretended to know
what I was doing. Mary Wilson from the Supremes was at the party too.
Then these girls start
taking off their clothes and jumping in the pool. My girlfriend was
like, "Oh my gosh, this is a real Hollywood party." Iím like, "Yeah,
you know what itís time for us to go. Itís not fun anymore." Miguel
was like, "Why are you girls leaving? Itís okay. Just ignore them."
At that point I left. Then you hear these stories about Rick James
and Iím glad I left.
Whoís more frightening to work with the Zombies in
Return or Jack Klugman in Quincy?
Jack Klugman, he was so
sweet. I never had any issue with him. I remember walking to the set.
When having a small part you donít get to park on the stage. He was
driving through in his limousine and I was walking with these big
curlers in my hair. He rolls down the window and goes, "Honey, are
you on my show today?" I said, "Oh yes, I am." He said, "Would you
like a ride over?" I said, "Thatís okay. Thank you."
He didnít say you need to get naked to get in his
I donít know any
stories about him. I donít know if there was anything naughty. I
enjoyed working with him. When he wasnít shooting heíd come over and
visit with everybody.
The scariest person I
ever worked with was Dan, the director of Return. He was very
intimidating. After Return I took off running. I thought, "Oh
my goodness if thatís what itís going to be like I donít want to stay
in this business." I just thought Iíll come back to it when Iím
ready. I didnít. I found so many other things to do. Now Iím
Would you go back to a horror movie or dance naked on
top of a grave?
No, I wouldnít dance
naked because I have a child. I just wouldnít any way.
If his friends saw it theyíd say, "Hey, I saw your
mom naked in that horror movie."
Could you imagine? That
would be a nightmare. Thank you for asking. Yes, Iíd do a horror role
again. Twice now Iíve been asked to do cameos in horror movies. Iíd
probably like to be a mom on the Disney channel. That would be good.
Itís probably a moneymaker even though you have to be
comatose to watch that channel. Itís wholesome entertainment.
Romantic comedies I
would just die and go to heaven if I did a romantic comedy.
Who did you have a retroCRUSH on while growing up?
My sister and I used to
watch TheBig Valley. My sister liked Lee Majors and I
being as weird as I am thought one of the other brothers was cute. I
went with an abstract kind of a fellow. Heís the bad boy. Of course
there were always the guys who did Hardy Boys Shaun Cassidy
and David Cassidy were big ones.
Did your sister maintain her crush during the Six
Million Dollar Man?
We all had a crush on
Lee Majors in the Six Million Dollar man.
Actors back then didnít have to be pretty. You could
be rugged, you could have crowís feet.
I donít get it I donít
like the pretty faces. Itís not masculine. You have to have someone
that isnít so perfect.
Nowadays everyone has to be perfect.
I donít like it. My
stepfather was a cameraman on the Six Million Dollar Man. He
had stories about Lee Majors and Farah Fawcett.
Where they fighting at the time?
worked with her since. He thinks sheís lovely. He wonít say anything
bad about anybody. Iím sure they did have fights. She used to make
dinner after the show and she would cook. I think Ryan Oí Neill was a
bit of a pill.
The Return of the Living Dead is one of the
most entertaining and well crafted horror movies ever made.
I had no idea about the
following this movie had. They invited us to the Egyptian Theater in
Los Angeles last year. They said weíve got six tickets reserved and
weíll have a Q&A after. I just told my husband, "Oh Iím going to go
down and do this thing at the theater and be back."
There should be ten people in the theater.
Thatís what I thought.
The girl said, "Oh my goodness hi. I know who you are." I thought,
"You do?" They had this gated off area with sofas and red ropes.
There was a line out to the street of people waiting to meet us. I
started shaking. The whole night I could barely talk, and I could
barely sign my name. I just had no idea.