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Overall Rating
2.98

Awesome: 15.56%
Worth A Look28.89%
Average: 17.78%
Pretty Bad: 13.33%
Total Crap: 24.44%

1 review, 39 user ratings


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Night of the Living Dead (1990)
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Better than the 'Dawn of the Dead' remake, anyway."
3 stars

Tom Savini's completely unnecessary but not-terrible remake tells the exact same story with a few twists.

It's best viewed as the culmination of the thirty-year friendship of Savini and George A. Romero; Savini was going to do the FX for the original, but he went to Vietnam instead. (Romero agreed to do the remake to make some money for the original film's backers, who didn't see a dime from the original's profits; he also did it because someone else was planning a remake and he had to remake it first to lay claim to the rights to the film.)

This was Savini's feature debut as a director (he'd helmed some Tales from the Darkside episodes for Romero), and he's competent. An old-school horror director, Savini likes shots of the full moon behind gnarled tree branches. And he has cast, in place of the original's recessive Judith O'Dea, the ravishing stuntwoman Patricia Tallman in the role of Barbara, who decimates zombies without revelling in it a mournful Rambette, she is. (The other actors, like Tony Todd, Tom Towles, and Bill Moseley, were picked for their resemblance to the original cast.)

But the film lacks the grubby, black-and-white fervor of Romero's classic, and one may wish that the project, however well-intentioned, had never got off the ground. It is, however, much more respectful of the source material than John Russo's idiotic 1998 remix.

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User Comments

12/19/09 art THIS 1990 VERISON BURRIE"S THE 1968 ORIGINAL! 4 stars
6/10/09 art IT"S AN IMPROVEMENT OVER THE FIRST ONE WHICH ISN"T SAYING A HELL OF ALOT! 2 stars
2/18/09 brian God bless Pat Tallman! If you liked her, watch Babylon 5. 3 stars
1/09/08 art JUST LIKE THE FIRST ONE IT WAS GARBAGE 1 stars
4/05/07 Shobert Yes, it's no masterpiece, but it's better than most make it out...and, yes, the DAWN remake 4 stars
4/04/07 David Pollastrini good gore and hot women! 4 stars
1/10/07 Jim Some interesting changes from the original, but in the end, just a zombie movie. 4 stars
8/25/06 havthat It's still zombies. 2 stars
7/22/06 David Cohen PC remake of a classic, Romero sold out to Hollywood culture and his work suffered for it 2 stars
3/25/06 Cooper What an Idea,bang and pound and attract all the zombies in Pittsburgh! Bunch of yo-yos! 1 stars
11/05/05 ELI ........Not a bad movie? I cannot begin to describe how god-awful this piece of shit is. :( 1 stars
10/26/05 chris not a bad movie but it dosnt beat the original 1968 version 4 stars
7/04/05 Wooly Cooper was the only smart one,Barbara was a trigger happy bimbo and Ben was a yo yo! 5 stars
4/26/05 Indrid Cold Complete trash, but honestly the original isn't THAT much better. 2 stars
2/16/05 Wilt Chamberlin The original was better 3 stars
1/29/05 Calebx NOOOOOOOOO! 1 stars
1/29/05 DethbyHashi Hollywoodized mockary of a classic 1 stars
1/29/05 Rockchic Shame Shame Shame 1 stars
1/29/05 DethbySake If you think this movie is better than original you're a moron. Nuff said! 1 stars
1/29/05 Evil Brain Eater from planet Zolum 5 zombies are cool but badly made 2 stars
1/29/05 Mmmm...Brains Wanna-be Rambo chick sucks! 2 stars
8/19/04 Random Fuck The zombies are gonna eat you slowly. 5 stars
8/08/04 Jethro Those morons should have went in the cellar with Cooper where it was safe! Bunch of yo-yos! 1 stars
7/04/04 Samuel tony todd great as ben. If you liked the origional you won't be disappointed. 5 stars
12/27/03 J A Masterpiece! **** out of 4 4 stars
12/05/03 john why mot make a good movie I haven't seen yet instead of a crappy remake of a classic? 1 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess Pretty good remake of the brilliant original. 4 stars
4/30/03 The Talking Elbow This was actually BETTER then Romero's 1968 version despite what critics say 5 stars
1/17/03 mans0n played upon the people who dont like B/W films to get viewers! horrible cinnematography! 1 stars
10/23/02 Jiz Not scary, zombies didn't seem even remotely threatening. Ultra-boring. 1 stars
9/22/02 Morally Sound Tom Savini, as a director, kicks ass. 5 stars
9/02/02 y2mckay Not as good as original, but at least Tallman doesn't scream constantly. Tony Todd Rulez! 4 stars
6/09/02 Gummibear X Superb make up, and did that "guy" really ate that rat? A not bad horror film! 4 stars
5/17/02 Kyle THIS WASN'T A RIPOFF, IT WAS A REMAKE, YOU FUCKING MORON!!!!!!!!!!! Wasn't bad though. 4 stars
11/04/01 Andrew Carden Some Very Scary Scenes and Great Makeup Save This Rip-Off. 4 stars
9/29/01 Palaboy one of the GREATEST HORROR FILMS ever!!! 5 stars
5/03/01 Gracy Lionheart I loved the original, and I love this one too. Great ending 5 stars
5/03/00 cort major Well made-highly entertainig-good direction job.A solid piece of work. 4 stars
11/17/99 fire-n-ice much better than the old one. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Oct-1990 (R)

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Directed by
  Tom Savini

Written by
  George Romero

Cast
  Tony Todd
  Patricia Tallman
  Tom Towles
  McKee Anderson



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