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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.
  • 36 mins - What a loving couple.
  • 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.
  • 77 mins - Oh, the bitter irony...
  • 78 mins - Still a little cold out.
  • 80 mins - Zombie corral!


  • 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... 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 #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by James
   THe remake sucks.  Tony Todd (nothing personal) sucks.  I think Duane Jones was superior in every way.  As far as gore, I think it you did an experiment and had 100 children under the age of 13 in a room and had to watch either film, to see which movie was "scarier" I think the original would win.  The second not only has bad acting from the Harry Cooper character but all in it.  The attempt at social commentary at the end is a joke.  I think if the red head was in the original it would be more fitting.  The interaction between Cooper and Ben is a joke in the 2nd. film.  It is like they already know each other and hate each other from the start. I is like they watched the original and tried to continue from where their arguement left off.  Aside from the special effects the movie blows.  Even the first zombie in the original is more scary than the entire remake.  
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by radioman970
I'm one of those fools who prefer this version to the original.  Tallman is hot!
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by
Tom Savini is no Romero and let's leave it at that.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Neko
I love your site! I didn't notice some of the funny things in the movie you pointed out until now ^^
Re: Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #29. Posted on November 19, 2008, 12:16:10 AM by Maskdt
I felt that the writing was better than in the original (it goes without saying that the effects were much better in the remake.) Don't get me wrong, I do like black and white films, but sometimes the monochromatic color scheme in the original made it a bit hard to follow what was going on.

However, the original definitely had more atmosphere, and had more subtle acting. Plus, it also has the nostalgia factor going for it, even for someone from a much younger generation than it was released for (the original NothLD was the first horror movie I watched; my mom bought one Halloween and watched it with us kids because she remembered seeing it as a girl herself [I didn't understand much beyond "the dead people want to hurt the living people" and "the dead people will die if you shoot them in the head."])

To me, they balance each other out, but try watching the 1990 version not as a remake, but as a totally separate film; I think you'll enjoy it more that way.

On another note, is it just me, or does Romero have something against Rednecks? I personally would rather not "hang" with them, but I mean, they're still good people for the most part...
Re: Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #30. Posted on August 19, 2010, 09:48:27 PM by WildHoosier09
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.
Re: Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #31. Posted on October 14, 2010, 09:04:12 AM by ArmyOfMachines25
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?
Re: Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #32. Posted on October 14, 2010, 11:45:50 AM by Umaril The Unfeathered
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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