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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 #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Max Gardner
Dawn of the Dead is being remade, but I have no idea by whom.  There's no information as of yet on the IMDb.  I know it's not Romero.  I was hoping it would be, considering the fine job he did on the NOTLD remake.  As for those people who had a problem with Romero's disparaging of rednecks at the end, he did it in the original as well, and to a greater extent - in the 1968 version Ben wasn't even a zombie when the rednecks shoot him in the head.  Barbara may or may not be indicative of Romero's "politcal correctness," but it's plain to see that she's a far more entertaining character to watch in the 1990 film.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by bloodcult
two words : f**king awful. ok, barbera is some gun totin' superchick is an improvement over the original? i guess the "old" barbera's demeanor isn't really politically correct????
what a f**king insult to judith o'dea's great performance in the original - and duane jones as well.
romero should be ashamed of himself.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jesus Thorn
This was something I rented with about six other cheesey horror flicks one lonely night. I did enjoy it, considering it's about dead people reanimated to eat the living. Or maybe it was just that the other movies I watched that night were terrible. I don't know why they remade this. They could have just as easily made another sequel instead. The original was okay for its time, and so was this remake.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Moebius
It was a great movie. Not that sci-fi and voodoo have ever mixed really well, but when you can suspend your disbelief for an hour or two, it's just plain old good clean fun.

Okay, so a few things were changed...but 'the black guy' (he always had a name? I haven't seen the original in years, but, hey...) still knows everything, and still gets killed by his own side. Social commentary meets B Cinema...C'est formidable.

For those who don't know, the concept is that an unknown force is reanimating the bodies of the dead by reactivating the brain. So, you don't have to be bitten, dang it. Who do you think bit the original zombies, hm? So, yeah...Ben just dies breathing his own blood and voila, instant zombie.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Dano
I thought this movie was fun and I especially liked the redhead.  I confess I've never seen the original, but it's hard for me to imagine that any zombie movie could be the "scariest movie ever."  Zombies are slow, easy to escape from, and easy to kill.  Yes, if you were completely cornered and there were millions of them, they'd overwhelm you, but it seems that zombie movies always rely on the protagonists inexplicably and foolishly cornering themselves.  Going down my list of scariest movies ever, I don't hit any zombies in the Top 25.  Lots of aliens, ghosts, a shark, an American werewolf... no zombies in that scariest movie list.

I also thought the end of this movie where the red head saw the Rednecks playing games with the zombies and killing them was absolutely hysterical.  "They're us.  We're them and they're us."  What the hell does THAT mean??  At what point did the zombies exhibit any capacity for deliberate cruelty for cruelty's sake?  And what exactly is her problem with people killing zombies?  Kind of hypocritical, isn't it?  

Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jesus Thorn
Any chainsaws on your list?

The Zombie rodeo at the end is supposed to be a reality-bite, I think. When blacks were hanged. History repeating itself, or something. And I'm sure there's something in what she's saying, but it's not worth giving much thought to.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Dano
I guess.  That's a stretch comparing zombies to black people, though if you ask me.  

Yes, definitely a chainsaw.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Ernst Bitterman
I quite enjoyed both versions of this movie.  You have to amend your frame of reference, tho'-- the same criteria don't fit them both.  The "moral" of the first is something in the area of the difficulty of a black guy in the US of the 60's finding justice, while in the second, it's a question of just how different zombies are from the hordes of people you want to take a machete to in the mall (so, really a lot more like "Dawn of the Dead", eh?).
   On the point of "Why did Tony Todd become a zombie if he's in the basement without any zombies?"  People with untreated gunshot wounds DIE. He DIED, and the RECENTLY DEAD are coming back to life.  Not rocket science, really.
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