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Night of the Living Dead (1990)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Makeup wizard Tom Savini's color remake of George A. Romero's 1968 classic follows the original almost shot-for-shot, so quality comparisons are somewhat pointless. The film was clearly made for younger viewers who refuse to watch black-and-white films, no matter how good they may be. The result is passable, but the very fact that the original was made 22 years before makes this version seem almost dated in its restraint. By the time of its release, Romero had already geometrically raised the

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George A. Romero

Sep 6, 2000

21st Century Film Corporation

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (10) | DVD (8)

A doozie.

October 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's an eye-roller. It didn't need to be.

October 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

If you can detach yourself from the original, you may just have a blast with this one...

October 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This Night barely musters the energy to pass for a rank special effects showcasing.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Completely unnecessary but not-terrible remake tells the exact same story with a few twists.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Now THIS is how to do a remake!

September 7, 2004 | Comment (1)
New Times

I liked this remake. Had a nonstop energy and slight twists on the original.

August 14, 2003
About.com

As far as unnecessary remakes go, this one isn't bad.

July 16, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Useless remake with good effects.

June 23, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Pointless, but passable remake.

April 14, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

A good remake of the 50's classic, which ups the ante in the action and gore department. Solid performances from Tony Todd and Patricia Tallman.

March 19, 2003 | Comments (4)
eFilmCritic.com

A competent update of George A. Romero's horror classic.

January 9, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

...there's the "Bar-B-Que" scene, lasting only a few seconds, but long enough to cause nightmares for the rest of your life.

January 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Audience Reviews for Night of the Living Dead

Mediocre remake of a zombie classic. There is nothing really to say about this remake aside that it is very much like the first, shot for shot, and doesn't do anything good whatsoever to try and break new ground where some remakes do, or at least try, this one doesn't. Sure it changes a few things around, but overall, it doesn't do anything thrilling that will appeal to the viewer. If you've seen the original, then there is no need in seeing this version. Directed by veteran horror special effects artist Tom Savini, this updated version of George Romero's classic film does feature well done special effects. But that's the only good thing about this film. This film relies way too much on the first film to create its tone, like I said it's shot for shot. Thus it becomes predictable, and uninteresting. The cast are decent, nothing ever good. However they don't make this film good or decent. Since this film is way too close to the source material to the original, it's clear that there was no other reason to remake the Romero classic to try and do something refreshing to the story. The only reason they remade the film was to make it for a new type of audience. This film simply doesn't do it for me, and I felt that it was quite unnecessary to remake it. Stick with the classic film, as you're not missing out on anything with this film. This film is just the same old carbon copy that we've seen such as Gus Van Sant's Psycho. Do yourself a favor and avoid this film.
June 1, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Night of the Living Dead (1990), just like the original, have a very good screenplay, and show more action and scary moments with the special effects, Tom Savini's direction help, a lot too this fun remake from George A. Romero's 1968 classic. Fresh.
June 26, 2011
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Reasonably good remake of the influencial original from '68. Manages to achieve the same atmosphere as the first and attempts to out-do it in terms of the gory content, which it just about manages despite it being cut to please the MPAA. The film also features some of the best looking Zombies ever to appear in the genre. It may be a pointless remake but still a solid little film.
January 22, 2011
WrenchLT
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

really an average remake. tony todd was the only great casting decision, and most of the cast was guilty of some horrible overacting. tom towles played cooper like a caricature of the original version. most of the changes made from the remake were for the worse, and the only reason to see this is for comparison. the original is much better.
January 8, 2011
sanjurosamurai
danny d

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