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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 overview, first billed only:
Johnnie (as Bill Mosley)
David W. Butler ...
Hondo (as David Butler)
Zachary Mott ...
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)


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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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Macgruder zombie was a man that director Tom Savini saw in a diner and told him that he would make a great zombie, the man agreed. He showed up to all of the premieres. See more »


Both in scenes where Barbara is loading the rifle, and where she's wearing the policeman's gun belt across her chest, anytime the head stamp of the bullet is shown you can see that the primer pocket is empty, meaning the rounds are dummies. 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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Remake of something that didn't need to be remade, but it's still alright
31 October 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George A. Romero turns over his classic horror film to be remade, and it's in the hands of Tom Savini (who did brilliant makeup for Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead). Now, I do have some mixed feelings about this movie. While in some aspects it's well made (er, for a remake), it can not match the original, if only in tone and style. But it also doesn't match up with the original because until the end, most of the movie is a shot for shot remake. More style is added, to be sure, but Savini and Romero (who scripted this one) could've gone farther.

With that said, Night of the Living Dead (1990) was an enjoyable horror flick experience, one where it's a good time with color and gore and all (plus more full frontal zombie nudity) and as long as you don't think too deeply about what you are watching (and certainly don't try to compare the 1968 and 1990 versions together), you'll have fun. B+

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