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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 #1. Posted on November 10, 1999, 08:01:59 AM by
I saw this movie once on TV, which did have a lot more clarity to it than the original. The part where he hits the gravestone made me giggle as I could see the head was rubber...some of the other effects were blatantly bad,but all in large it was enjoyable to watch right up until the ending. I don't know about you,but was there a subtle attempt at social commentary at the end? They seemed to want to make some sort of antipathy towards rednecks...I'm sorry,past evils of the South don't compare to ZOMBIES EATING PEOPLE IN MASS FORCE. But that's just me.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #2. Posted on February 16, 2000, 07:11:12 PM by
One of the best zombie movies I have ever seen!
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #3. Posted on March 21, 2000, 03:23:07 PM by Chris K.
Bad! Very bad! Horrible remake of the original 1968 classic with innane dialogue, bad acting abound, and just about bad everything. Just watch the original, or if you major film buffs cannot watch the original due to it being in black and white. Personaly the original is more scary in black and white.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #4. Posted on May 04, 2002, 11:27:08 PM by Private Joker
Just watched it, worth watching if you loved the original, but watch the original first.  This was dissapointing but entertaining enough; although the acting was laughable.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #5. Posted on June 26, 2000, 12:30:30 AM by Soy Got
THis movie in my opinion was seriously pretty good.  Although in two specific instances I was forced to laugh uncontrollably.  One being the crippled zombie unable to walk towards the beging.  Another was while the zombies are breaking into the house, all of a sudden a shirtless anerexic zombie busts in and his intrance is absolutly hillaroious.  Not becasue it was over done just because of the sort of frog stroke he does, and his skinny physic.  Then he is quickly shot in the head. Classic.
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #6. Posted on July 18, 2000, 03:10:21 AM by Tony
This movie is not that bad of a remake, but definitely doesn't compare to George A. Romero's original, which in my opinion is still the scariest movie ever made. But Tom Savini does a great job here as director and creator of all the special make-up effects. He's one of those original pioneers in this field, and everyone who's ever seen his work will never forget it!
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Bo Senden
Should have been a LOT gorier but hey, overall a good movie. I think it's one of the best horrormovies and the best remake! -xxx-
Night of the Living Dead(1990)
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Nick
I liked it and all, but how the hell did Tony Todd (Ben) become a zombie??  He locked himself downstairs with ZERO zombies.  The only one was the wife of the dickhead and he shot her in the head.  The rednecks also had to use a chainsaw to cut open the dorr.  There wasn't a zombie to bite him!  If you can tell me how he was turned into a zonmbie, please e-mail me the answer.  Besides that, good movie except the dumb@$$ who uses a d@mn SHOTGUN to break a lock on a GAS PUMP!  
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