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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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Hondo (as David Butler)
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Bulldog
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Pat Logan ...
Uncle Rege
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The Flaming Zombie
Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille ...
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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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19 October 1990 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

(at around 6 mins) According to the director's commentary someone sent a copy of the footage of the car rolling down the hill into the tree to the car maker, showing the air bag not deploying. They were apparently rewarded with a new car. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara is loading the Henry lever action rifle, she is loading the cartridges bullet first. This would lead to a malfunction in the rifle, as the bullet end must be facing toward the muzzle for the cartridges to properly feed from the magazine tube into the chamber. See more »

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[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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A faithful remake of a classic
11 January 2001 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Another zombie movie? How could there possibly be another variation on this tired horror theme? These were my thoughts as I slipped my money through the window at the ticket booth back in the fall of 1990. After all, I was a poor college student who had to take prudent measures in order to ensure that I had beer money when its all said and done. Not to mention the fact that I was quite a horror fan, in particular a zombie fan who was very familiar with the original Romero film. Needless to say this movie had a lot to prove in order to win me over. Well, it did. What Tom Savini and company were able to do out in the Pennsylvania countryside was nothing short of masterful. Of course I'm talking about horror here. This is no Cassablanca, but within its genre Night of the Living Dead is a standout. This film basically faithfully retells the original Remero story with the benefit of better make-up, special effects, cameras, lighting and cinematography. Notice I did not say better casting or acting. Aside from the actual story these are two areas that are partly responsible for the original's lasting success.


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