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
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 »
The gun belt that Barbara takes from the policeman zombie and wears as a bandolier near the end of the film is way too big to have been worn around the zombie's waist. See more »
They're coming to get you, Barbara!
They don't like being awaken this way!
Why do you have to be so mean?
'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 »
The first cut of the film was given an "X" rating by the MPAA. Several cuts were made to ensure an R rating: mostly head shots to zombies, and a shot of a zombie exploding (when Tom shoots it from the back of the truck with a shotgun). See more »
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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