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« Reply #30 on: August 19, 2010, 09:48:27 PM »

I saw this movie on the old "on demand" a few nights ago.  I have yet to see the original '68 version but its definitely on my bucket list.  I liked this movie, from what I have read about the original I like this Barbara better.  In 1968 having a black man as the hero was groundbreaking and new while having a catatonic useless woman was acceptable.  Personally a catatonic/useless woman to me is an aggravating portion of any movie especially when they focus on it (ok, I get it, she's too freaked out to be anything other than zombie fodder, feed her to the zombies and lets move on)

In 1990 to obtain that same kind of "wow, so that's the hero" newness having the female escape using what is the most obvious and simple means you could imagine (she literally walks calmly away from the farmhouse with a pistol that she doesn't even use after she gets past the first group of zombies as she can walk faster than the zombies can, yes I know this totally doesn't jive because at one point zombies are obviously moving too fast for someone to walk away from them and then later she simply walks circles around them but the point was still there).  I like the 1990 ending as more social commentary (humans turn out to be much more sadistic and cruel than zombies, they don't kill the zombies, they simply torture them and force them to fight eachother etc.) and this maybe the inspiration for an excellent low budget film "Zombies Anonymous" which probably has the best angle on this dimension of human cruelty towards zombies imaginable.
Overall I like this movie, even without seeing the original you get this feeling of respect for the plot.  This as opposed to the 2006 3D version which is not nearly as good.
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« Reply #31 on: October 14, 2010, 09:04:12 AM »

I hate Remakes! and because of that i don't think i gave this one a fair chance, i turned it off after the first 5 to 10 minutes and neveer looked back on it. im starting to think that maybe ill give this one another chance...can't be any worse then the remake that was in 3-D right?
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« Reply #32 on: October 14, 2010, 11:45:50 AM »

I hate Remakes! and because of that i don't think i gave this one a fair chance, i turned it off after the first 5 to 10 minutes and neveer looked back on it. im starting to think that maybe ill give this one another chance...can't be any worse then the remake that was in 3-D right?

The 1990 version is a masterpiece compared to the 2006 3D remake.  For a remake, and for what they were trying to achive, I guess 1990's offering was OK, but a lot of things weren't cool:

Generic gunshots,  the obvious rubber body parts (when the one zombie was playing with a hand) and the overall feeling that the film was "refined" with many cuts and edits before it's release. Too "sanitary" as Tom Savini described to me in his own words at one Chiller Theatre con'.

However the makeup for the ghouls was quite good-this time the ghouls looked like they died from vastly different causes not related to the zombies (like the one ghoul with the heroin needle in his arm). The clouded eyes was another nice touch too.  Not a great movie, but not a bad one either.  Oh, and Karl Hardman's original Harry Cooper was a sweetheart compared to the one played by Tom Towles!
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