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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Towles ...
McKee Anderson ...
Johnnie (as Bill Mosley)
David W. Butler ...
Hondo (as David Butler)
Zachary Mott ...
Pat Reese ...
The Mourner
William Cameron ...
Pat Logan ...
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Berle Ellis ...
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There IS a fate worse than death.


Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

19 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La noche de los muertos vivientes  »

Box Office


$4,200,000 (estimated)


$5,835,247 (USA)

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| (cut) | (Workprint Version)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The character of Tom played by William Butler wears a T-shirt with the "Iron City" beer logo on the front. This is the same drink consumed in the original Dawn of the Dead (1978) by the redneck militia, and is also the same brand of beer that George A. Romero's production company "The Latent Image" had produced a commercial for during their early years. See more »


In one scene, it shows 3 zombies abreast moving toward the camera. Two of them are moving in the typical zombie manner - slowly and mechanically. The third zombie (on the right) is moving much faster than the others. The scene cuts briefly to another scene then it cuts back to the 3 zombies. The one on the right is now moving much slower like the others. When the camera first cut from that scene, the director undoubtedly chastised the third actor zombie and told him to slow down before doing another take. See more »


[first lines]
Johnnie: They're coming to get you, Barbara!
Barbara: Stop it!
Johnnie: They're coming!
[evil laughter]
Johnnie: They don't like being awaken this way!
Barbara: Why do you have to be so mean?
Johnnie: 'Cause I'm your older brother. Being mean and heartless is part of the job.
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Bill Moseley's name is misspelled during the credits. See more »


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"This is pure hell on earth."
17 February 2002 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

"This is pure hell on earth." Actually, what Tony Todd meant to say was "This is one hell of a movie." Tom Savini and George A. Romero have succeeded in recreated a classic (which is quite hard to do). Night of the Living Dead '90 is faithful to the original, but still manages to scare and surprise you by throwing in a few unexpected twists. Director Savini creates a great atmosphere. This is one of my favorite claustrophobic films. It has the feel of an old, secluded farmhouse, and thankfully lacks that Hollywood gloss. The characters feel real as well. The cast is perfect. Tony Todd, William Butler, and Tom Towles are the re-incarnations of the original Ben, Tommy, and Harry Cooper. And longtime Romero collaborator, Patricia Tallman, revamps her character Barbara for the nineties. And you gotta love Bill Moseley ("They're coming to get you Barbara. They're horny Barbara."). All of the classic elements (the feud between Ben and Cooper, the claustrophobia) and a few new ones (a smarter female lead, new ending) make this one unforgettable.

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