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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - 4 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1990 Columbia Pictures
Reviewed by Max Gardner on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Barbara - Catatonic at first, by the end of the movie this rather pretty redhead could kick Rambo's ass with one hand tied behind her back.
  • Ben - Tony Todd! Romero's prerequisite kick-ass black guy. He turns into a zombie and then some rednecks shoot him.
  • Harry and Helen - Assholish couple, especially Harry. He's shot by Barbara and she's killed by their zombie daughter.
  • Tom and Judy Rose - Hicks, both killed when Tom gets the bright idea to shoot the lock off a gas pump with a 12-gauge.
  • Sarah - Harry and Helen's daughter. Comatose for most of the film, becomes a zombie, shot by Barbara.
  • Johnnie - Barbara's brother. Killed right off the bat.
  • Uncle Rege - Just a zombie, but a memorable one. This fat undead hillbilly dies again via a poker to the head, courtesy of Barbara.
  • The Zombies: You know the drill: shoot them in the head and you'll live a while longer. Some backwoods kinfolk round them up in the end and have a zombie rodeo.

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The Plot: 

In my humble opinion, George Romero's Living Dead trilogy may be the greatest horror series ever made, and, again in my humble opinion, the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead is superior to the original. This film simply has better gore, better characters (Barbara in particular-in the 1968 version she was a brain-dead weakling.), more panache, and perhaps slightly less atmosphere. While Romero only wrote the script for this one, his longtime special-effects man Tom Savini did a fine job directing. Harry Cooper, apparently a fourth-grader in a balding forty-year-old man's body, is genuinely unlikable. The final touch is brilliant: he comes down from the attic, overjoyed to see Barbara alive, and she shoots the bastard right between the eyes! Watching two zombies fight over a field mouse is hilarious, by the way. You'll be hitting the rewind button often.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Beating a zombie with a flower arrangement is ineffective.
  • Your fat uncle NEVER keeps his keys where you can find them.
  • Don't use a shotgun to unlock the gas pump.
  • Doors made of balsa wood won't keep zombies out.
  • Mr. McGruder is a zombie-he doesn't care what you think.
  • Zombies play with dolls.
  • You can saw through a door without cutting the board holding it shut from the other side.
  • Any movie that lists "Bob Evans Zombie" in the end credits kicks ass.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 5 mins - Ouch! (Tombstone to the head.)
  • 11 mins - I know he's a zombie, but that had to hurt...
  • 13 mins - Kick him in the nuts! Yeah, the frying pan!
  • 14 mins - Fireplace poker and crowbar to the head.
  • 21 mins - Barbara shouldn't put that severed hand between Uncle Rege's legs.
  • 25 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST KINDLING!
  • 36 mins - What a loving couple.
  • 43 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A DOOR!
  • 52 mins - Barbara looks a bit chilly.
  • 63 mins - The Flaming Zombie!
  • 65 mins - It's official, Tom's an idiot. And now he's crispy.
  • 70 mins - Either it's cold again, or Barbara is enjoying this zombie-slaughtering business a bit too much.
  • 73 mins - The zombies have some barbecued Tom and Judy.
  • 75 mins - A zombie with a needle in it's arm? Subtle, George.
  • 76 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A MOUSE!
  • 77 mins - Oh, the bitter irony...
  • 78 mins - Still a little cold out.
  • 80 mins - Zombie corral!

Quotes: 

  • Ben: "God damn you! GOD DAMN ALL OF YOU!"
  • Ben: "Assholes trying to round them up and put them in the back of trucks!"
  • Ben: "Son of a bitch got some... ...hot shit gun, like an M-16 or something. He starts... ...KKKKEEEOWW..." (Don't ask me how to spell the noise he makes.)
  • Tom: "Don't shoot, don't shoot mister! It's just us!"
    Ben: "Who the hell is us?!"
  • Tom: "There're more of those things out there, more of those things like Uncle Rege!"
  • Harry: "Idiots! You LAME-BRAINS!"
  • Harry: "None of those yo-yos has a CAR! What a place to be stuck. In the middle of nowhere. With a bunch of yo-yos!"
  • Tom: "Her daddy's got trucks, she's been drivin' since she was little."
  • Redneck: "Jesus God damn holy lovin' shit! What in the name of Jupiter's balls are you doin' out here alone, little lady?"
  • Reporter: "Tell me, Chief, are these creatures slow-moving?"
    Police Chief: "Yeah, they're dead, they're all messed up."


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Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Captain Napalm
Great Zombie Movie!
In my opinion superior to the original as it manages to stick to the atmosphere of the original whilst making some welcome changes (The acting is better and Barbara is not super annoying.)
Don't get me wrong I love the original (I have it on DVD) but this version is better.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Sennith
The only thing I didn't like about this movie was one person survives. In the 60s version everyone dies, bringing a rather unhappy ending.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by JesusThorn
Not only are they planning a fourth 'Dead' movie, "Dead Reckoning" but I also just heard that they are remaking "Dawn Of The Dead."

And I ask myself, Why?
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by James Perry
First Zombie flick I ever saw.  Eventually I discovered the original, Dawn of the Dead, etc...  Helped turn me into a Zombie Movie Fanatic.  

The redhead from Babylon 5 is an absolute TURN ON in this film!  (Sorry lady Zombie fans...I've a guy).  Sigorney Weaver-like, she is fun to watch.  Overacting abounds but it's very spooky with well-researched (see the DVD commentary version) special FX.  Lots of creepy moments if you've never seen the original.  It's doesn't hurt the original to watch this one first.  I like them both very much.  I wouldn't show this one to some members of my family because the gore is very realistic. The B&W original is easier to take...and probably much more scary..as people have mentioned here.  I wonder what generation began to dislike black & white film?  Geez, Repulsive, Psycho, Bride of Frankenstein, YOUNG Frankenstein (er, steen!), Paper Moon (not a horror I know), etc...should only be watched in NONcolorized version.  Don't touch them Mr. Turner!!

To the person who thinks Zombies are NOT scary because they are too slow to get you...just want to wish you a good night's sleep.  (giggle, giggle)
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by pred19
Although the original 'Night of the Living Dead' is in no way bad, for a bad movie... the remake is better than it in every respect. The effects are better, the characters are more defined (the female lead is no longer a human vegetable, and that damn a***ole badguy is even MORE of an a***ole), and the ending is much darker. People would argue the headshot ending of the original was worse, but I think the new one takes the cake. I felt utterly hollow watching those rednecks shooting zombies hanging in the trees, it was a surreal, horrible thing to see on so many subtle levels. The radiation business in the original has been removed, which is another plus.

This is a great bad movie, anyone who calls themself a zombie fan should see it.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #22. Posted on August 22, 2003, 06:04:23 AM by DJ
I think this 1990 version is way better then the older one. I love it! I watched it over a million times.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #23. Posted on October 19, 2003, 12:19:54 PM by gecko brothers
Great movie the reason I watched it was for Tony Todd who is the Candyman one of my favorite slashers since Freddy. Though Savini is great in special effects and acting his directing is so-so but who cares it has a great ending except when Ben dies and that is it.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by jlew
I'm sorry...but this movie reeks. A terrible remake. I cringe whenvever I hear someone say this is superior to the original. I know they tried to make a little money for the people that got left out in 1968...but c'mon...this is the best they could do?

More gore? Who cares? Gore does not a good movie make. I'm so tired of this "Hey, its got gore!" argument. Like gore is something so new and startling. Why, we've only had gore in movies since...oh...about 1960! Wow! 40 years of gore! Good lord, people...

As for the '68 Barbara vs. the '90 Barbara...the whole point of her going catatonic was a nod to Hitchcock! Ever hear of a little movie called Psycho where the main character is murder a third of the way into the movie?!? Personally, I DESPISE the gun-toting Babs...stupid, kowtowing, politically correct decision...

You people need to have your heads examined...
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