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Night of the Living Dead (1990)

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

Director:

Tom Savini

Writers:

John A. Russo (earlier screenplay), George A. Romero (earlier screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 David W. Butler ... Hondo (as David Butler)
Zachary Mott Zachary Mott ... Bulldog
Pat Reese Pat Reese ... The Mourner
William Cameron William Cameron ... The Newsman
Pat Logan Pat Logan ... Uncle Rege
Berle Ellis 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There IS a fate worse than death.

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La noche de los muertos vivientes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,884,679, 19 October 1990

Gross USA:

$5,835,247
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (Workprint Version)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

(at around 50 mins) The scene where Barbara shoots a zombie in the chest and then finally in the head was not originally going to be in the film. We were supposed to see a hideous female zombie that Barbara saw as her mother. Everyone was supposed to tell her to shoot it. The mother would have looked at Barbara and asked "Where's Johnny, Barbara?", then turned back into the hideous female zombie, at which point Barbara would finally shoot. See more »

Goofs

(at around 12 mins) After Ben shoves a body out the kitchen door, you can see a cameraman's reflection in the door window. 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 »

Alternate Versions

There are at least two known versions of the end credits montage: one in black and white, the other in black and orange. See more »

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User Reviews

 
Remake of something that didn't need to be remade, but it's still alright
31 October 2001 | by Quinoa1984See 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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