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Night of the Living Dead (1990)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  19 October 1990 (USA)
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The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.

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A remake of George Romero's 1968 black-and-white classic that begins in a cemetery, as the recently-dead return to life - from an unknown cause - and attack the living as their prey. One woman escapes the frightening zombies to take refuge with others in a farmhouse, as every cadaver for miles around hungers for their flesh. Will they make it through the night...that the dead came back to life? Written by Derek

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There IS a fate worse than death.

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Horror | Thriller

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19 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La noche de los muertos vivientes  »

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$4,200,000 (estimated)

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$5,835,247 (USA)
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The car driven by Johnny at the beginning of the film was owned by Tom Savini. According to the director it was the first car he bought after meeting with success and it broke his heart to wreck it during filming. See more »

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Barbara is seen on several occasions firing many shots from her rifle while gripping the barrel with her left hand. In reality, after just a few shots the barrel would become far too hot to handle in this manner. See more »

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[first lines]
Johnnie: They're coming to get you, Barbara!
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Not needed--but OK
18 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The dead come back to eat the flesh of the living. A small group of people are holed up in a farmhouse. They have to fight the dead from getting in...and each other.

There was no reason (that I can see) to remake the 1968 classic "Night..." but George Romero (director and co-writer of the original) wanted it. He scripted it and got makeup artist Tom Savini to direct. The results are OK. It could have been a disaster but wasn't. It's not a scene by scene remake but it does have some of the original dialogue. Still it makes some pretty extreme changes.

Barbara in the first movie was little more than a basket case. Here she is strong and intelligent and can hold her own. It's never really explained how she became such a crack shot though. Tony Todd is a good actor--but not here. He has the unenviable job of playing the part that Duane Jones played so well in the original. He is good...but not enough. The other actors are all pretty OK--the same as the originals were.

There are some cute visual and verbal references to the first film and the gore has been upped drastically (though not as much as it could have been). There is also an eerie and very effective music score throughout the movie. I found this a little slow but that's because I've seen the first multiple times in the past. And this one tacks on a screamingly obvious "ironic" finale.

It's OK--but the original is still the best. I give it a 7.


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