Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Posted: December 23, 2012 in Movie Review
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Night of the Living Dead

Directed By: Tom Savini

Starring: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles, Bill Moseley, McKee Anderson, Heather Mazur, William Butler, Katie Finneran

Subgenre: Zombies

Synopsis: Survivors of a zombie outbreak take refuge in a farmhouse in an attempt to survive.

Thoughts: It’s common knowledge that remakes are evil, and not the good kind of evil.  The truth of the matter is that remakes have been around since the earliest days of film, and once in a while they are really good, even surpassing the original.

Tom Savini directed this remake of George Romero’s classic with Romero acting as a producer and using much of the original crew as well.  While following the original storyline, Savini made some changes to the film, adding more gore and making Barbara quite a bit stronger in his version.  I also found Savini’s ending to be better than Romero’s.

The acting is a plus as well.  Genre favorite Tony Todd plays the role of Ben perfectly and Patricia Tallman plays a much different Barabara, strengthening the character and the story at the same time.  Tom Towles has a knack for playing loathsome characters and this is no exception. 

Tom Savini is a very well-known name in the horror genre, but not for directing.  Savini is one of the marquee names in the special effects world, especially when it comes to zombies and has worked with George Romero on many films.  Night of the Living Dead is Tom Savini’s first and, to date, his only turn at directing.  Although he does a great job here, I can’t help but wonder how much of a hand Romero and the original crew contributed.  That being said, I would love to see Savini get back behind the camera.

I count the original Night of the Living Dead as one of my favorite movies, but I also enjoy Savini’s remake.  I consider it to be one of the better examples of a remake done right.  It pays respect to the original, but also makes enough changes to the storyline to stand on its own. It is well worth seeking out for horror fans.

  1. Gorror says:

    I loved your review! I’m a fan of the original as well and I can’t believe I haven’t seen the 1990 remake, I will be tuning into it thanks to your review 🙂

  2. shnsjolin says:

    Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like the movie as much as the review.

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