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Night of the Living Dead -- It's a new dawn for terror when the dead come back to feast on the living in this contemporary version of the horror classic.


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Writers (WGA):
John A. Russo (earlier screenplay) and
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Release Date:
19 October 1990 (USA) See more »
There IS a fate worse than death.
The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 nominations See more »
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Romero and Savini create a horror masterpiece. See more (198 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tony Todd ... Ben

Patricia Tallman ... Barbara
Tom Towles ... Harry Cooper
McKee Anderson ... Helen Cooper

William Butler ... Tom

Katie Finneran ... Judy Rose

Bill Moseley ... Johnnie (as Bill Mosley)

Heather Mazur ... Sarah Cooper
David W. Butler ... Hondo (as David Butler)
Zachary Mott ... Bulldog
Pat Reese ... The Mourner
William Cameron ... The Newsman
Pat Logan ... Uncle Rege
Berle Ellis ... The Flaming Zombie
Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille ... T.V. Interviewer

Greg Funk ... Cemetery Zombie
Tim Carrier ... Autopsy Zombie
John Hamilton ... Kyle - Crowbar Zombie
Dyrk Ashton ... Truck Zombie
Jordan Berlant ... Porch Zombie
Albert Shellhammer ... Cousin Satchel
Jay McDowell ... Front Door Zombie
Walter Berry ... McGruder
Kendal Kraft ... Bob Evans Zombie
David Grace ... Policeman Zombie
Stacie Foster ... Doll's Mom Zombie
Charles Crawley ... Window Zombie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Skipp ... Zombie in Leather Jacket

Declan Baldwin ... Photographer at Bonfire (uncredited)
Vini Bancalari ... Denim Jacket Zombie Eating Flesh by Pick-Up Truck (uncredited)

John D. Bert ... Background Vigilante (uncredited)
Rik Billock ... Door Zombie (uncredited)
Don Brockett ... Zombie (uncredited)
Butchie ... Biker at Picnic Party (uncredited)
Earl Ellis ... Zombie (uncredited)

Chris Gore ... Zombie (uncredited)

John W. Iwanonkiw ... Fighting Truck Zombie (uncredited)
Frederick E. Kowalo ... Window Zombie (uncredited)
Ralph Langer ... Zombie Wearing Dirty Blue Coat and Plaid Shirt (uncredited)
Sean P. McCarthy ... Meathooked Zombie (uncredited)
Bill McCue ... Mouse Eating Zombie (uncredited)
Tara Rial ... Girl in Car (uncredited)
Craig Spector ... Pajama's Zombie (uncredited)
Russell Streiner ... Sheriff McClelland (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Savini 
Writing credits
John A. Russo (earlier screenplay) and
George A. Romero (earlier screenplay)

George A. Romero (screenplay)

Produced by
Ami Artzi .... co-executive producer
Declan Baldwin .... line producer
Christine Forrest .... associate producer
Menahem Golan .... executive producer
George A. Romero .... executive producer
John A. Russo .... producer
Russell Streiner .... producer
Original Music by
Paul McCollough 
Cinematography by
Frank Prinzi 
Film Editing by
Tom Dubensky 
Production Design by
Cletus Anderson 
Art Direction by
James C. Feng 
Set Decoration by
Brian J. Stonestreet 
Costume Design by
Barbara Anderson 
Makeup Department
Everett Burrell .... special makeup effects supervisor
Earl Ellis .... makeup effects assistant
Greg Funk .... makeup effects assistant
Jerry Gergely .... special makeup effects
Terrie Godfrey .... makeup artist (as Terry Godfrey)
Jeannee Josefczyk .... hair stylist
Jeannee Josefczyk .... key makeup artist
Rachel Kick .... makeup artist
John Vulich .... special makeup effects supervisor
Production Management
Marc S. Fischer .... unit production manager
Mark S. Hoerr .... post-production supervisor
Helena Toth .... production supervisor
Joseph Vittorie .... production supervisor: 21st Century Film Corporation
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas Mastandrea .... first assistant director (as Nick Mastandrea)
Margie Sperling .... second assistant director
Art Department
Taylor Black .... property master
Leah B. Blackwood .... scenic artist
Joel P. Blanchard .... construction coordinator
Kathryn A. Borland .... head scenic artist
Vincent Borrelli .... stand-by painter
Nora Cline .... scenic artist
Walter L. Dolegowski .... carpenter
Marty Garrigan .... assistant property master
Megan Graham .... set dresser
Carl Horner .... special props
Charles R. McPherson .... second carpenter
Ralph Roger Pivirotto .... set dresser (as Ralph R. Pivirotto)
Sonja Roth .... additional set dresser
Richard S. Sheridan .... scenic artist
Raymond M. Tasillo .... lead carpenter
Barbara E. Thompson .... property assistant
David L. Wolfson .... additional set dresser (as David Wolfson)
Butchie .... art department (uncredited)
Butchie .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Felipe Borrero .... sound mixer
Richard Burton .... sound editor
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Rubén Domingo .... sound editor
Marva Fucci .... sound editor
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Neal Lampert .... adr recordist (as Neil Lampert)
Neal Lampert .... foley recordist (as Neil Lampert)
George Leong .... boom operator
Frank A. Montaño .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank Montano)
Stewart Nelsen .... sound editor
Preston Oliver .... adr recordist
Preston Oliver .... foley recordist
Thomas Pettinato .... supervising sound editor
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley walker (as Joseph Sabella)
Fred Wasser .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Kristina M. Horner .... special effects
Christopher P. Martin .... special effects intern
Jeff Naparstek .... assistant special effects
Christian Stavrakis .... special effects assistant (as Chris Stavrakis)
Matt Vogel .... special effects
Don Hewitt .... stunts
Phil Neilson .... stunt coordinator (as Phil Nielson)
Mick O'Rourke .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts
Gregg Smrz .... stunts
Tony Washington .... stunts
John W. Iwanonkiw .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Bennett Beal .... best boy grip
Leonard Bishop .... additional grip
Robert Chamberlain .... additional grip (as Bob Chamberlain)
Gregory Paul Collier .... first assistant camera
Gregory L. Edwards .... grip
Bart Flaherty .... grip
David J. Frederick .... camera operator
Christopher Hall .... second assistant camera (as Chris Hall)
Brian Haughin .... electrician
Beth Kukucka .... still photographer
Ed Letteri .... gaffer
Simon Manses .... additional assistant camera
Frank McGough .... best boy electric
David Richert .... camera trainee
Rich Schutte .... assistant camera
Nick Tallo .... key grip
Ted Wiegand .... electric
Joey Wrubleski .... grip
Michael Zinobile .... grip (as Michael H. Zinobile)
John Zumpano .... chief lighting technician
Casting Department
Donna M. Belajac .... casting: Pittsburgh
Staci A. Blagovich .... extras casting
Meredith Jacobson .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diane Collins .... first assistant wardrobe
Melinda Eshelman .... additional assistant wardrobe
Nancy A. Palmatier .... wardrobe supervisor
Damita J. Roldan .... additional assistant wardrobe
Thomas Stokes .... second assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
John Stuart Bick .... assistant editor
Ray Boniker .... first assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Transportation Department
Harry Greenberger .... driver
Art Huggins .... transportation coordinator (as Arthur Huggins)
Other crew
Jessica Abrams .... assistant production coordinator
Anthony Dileo Jr. .... production assistant
Eric Dilucente .... production assistant
Scott Hornbacher .... location supervisor
B. Richard Jeffery .... production accountant
Frederick E. Kowalo .... production assistant
Judy Matthews .... location scout
Matthew Myers .... production assistant
Walt Oggier .... weapons handler (as Walter Oggier)
Wendy Lee Roberts .... script supervisor
Andrew Sands .... assistant auditor
Janice F. Sperling .... production coordinator
Margie Sperling .... second assistant director
Joyce Wagner .... unit publicist

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
92 min | 88 min (cut) | USA:86 min (Workprint Version)
Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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Originally rated X by the MPAA, following scenes had to be cut or changed for R rating; Close up of fire poker in the head of the first zombie that Barbara killed, gory headshot of McRuder zombie when Barbara shoots him, bloodier version of the scene where Barbara shoots and kills bald zombie who tries to enter through the window, Tom blowing off the zombie's head with shotgun, and Barbara killing another zombie when she takes the gun from dead cop zombie.See more »
Continuity: The blood smudge on Barbara's cheek changes shape several times.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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82 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
Romero and Savini create a horror masterpiece., 29 June 2005
Author: classmouse from Canada

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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