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Night of the Living Dead (1990)

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

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Cast

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Ben
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Tom
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Johnnie (as Bill Mosley)
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David W. Butler ...
Hondo (as David Butler)
Zachary Mott ...
Bulldog
Pat Reese ...
The Mourner
William Cameron ...
Pat Logan ...
Uncle Rege
Berle Ellis ...
The Flaming Zombie
Bill Cardille ...
T.V. Interviewer (as Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille)
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Storyline

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

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Release Date:

19 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La noche de los muertos vivientes  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,835,247 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Tom Savini has known Patricia Tallman since they went to college together. He chose to cast her because of her strong-willed demeanor. See more »

Goofs

When Ben and Barbara are visiting the cemetery to say hello to mother they run into their first Zombie. In the scrum that proceeds the zombies first lunge at Barbara, Ben tries to protect his little sister and is apparently bitten. When looked at closely however you will notice that the zombie's teeth never come very close to making contact with Ben's arm or even his tweed jacket yet he belts out a scream as if he's in pain from the zombie's dental damage. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Bill Moseley's name is misspelled during the credits. See more »

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User Reviews

 
Romero and Savini create a horror masterpiece.
29 June 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Wanting to re-visit the genre he created, George Romero approached Tom Savini to direct a remake of his 1968 masterpiece, Night of the Living Dead.

While the film follows the original closely, it does have some important changes. Notably the character of Barbara is no longer a gibbering vegetable but now much more balanced. Other changes help blend the film much better into Romeros Dawn and Day. The use of tools by the zombies for example, is lessened and removed at times, creating more continuity between Night, Dawn, Day and Lands time-line of the undeads abilities.

Some seem to automatically shoot down the remake in favor of the original, I've watched this version almost as many times as Dawn and Day, and believe the film tops the original in almost every way.

Although the groundbreaking nature of the original will always remain, Savini's Dead is a without doubt a classic Zombie flick and in my opinion a perfect first chapter in the Romero Dead series.


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