Night of the Living Dead

October 19th, 1990


Night of the Living Dead

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The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 6.7/10 (14,375 voted)

Director: Tom Savini

Stars: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles

In this remake of the original classic film, a group of people are trapped inside a farmhouse as legions of the walking dead try to get inside and use them for food.

Writers: John A. Russo, George A. Romero

Tony Todd - Ben
Patricia Tallman - Barbara
Tom Towles - Harry Cooper
McKee Anderson - Helen Cooper
William Butler - Tom
Katie Finneran - Judy Rose
Bill Moseley - Johnnie (as Bill Mosley)
Heather Mazur - Sarah Cooper
David W. Butler - Hondo (as David Butler)
Zachary Mott - Bulldog
Pat Reese - The Mourner
William Cameron - The Newsman
Pat Logan - Uncle Rege
Berle Ellis - The Flaming Zombie
Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille - T.V. Interviewer

Taglines: There IS a fate worse than death.

Release Date: 19 October 1990

Filming Locations: East Buffalo, Pennsylvania, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,884,679 (USA) (19 October 1990)

Gross: $5,835,247 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (cut)

Did You Know?

The Macgruder zombie was a man that director Tom Savini saw in a diner and told him that he would make a great zombie, the man agreed. He showed up to all of the premieres.

Continuity: At the end, when the two country guys are at the cellar door, one is using a chainsaw to cut through the door. The film shows him cutting through the 2x4 on the inside of the door even though the hole in door shows he should have clearly cut through it already.

[first lines]
Johnnie: They're coming to get you, Barbara!
Barbara: Stop it!
Johnnie: They're coming!
[evil laughter]
Johnnie: They don't like being awaken this way!
Barbara: Why do you have to be so mean?
Johnnie: 'Cause I'm your older brother. Being mean and heartless is part of the job.

User Review

Romero and Savini create a horror masterpiece.

Rating: 10/10

Wanting to re-visit the genre he created, George Romero approached Tom Savini to direct a remake of his 1968 masterpiece, Night of the Living Dead.

While the film follows the original closely, it does have some important changes. Notably the character of Barbara is no longer a gibbering vegetable but now much more balanced. Other changes help blend the film much better into Romeros Dawn and Day. The use of tools by the zombies for example, is lessened and removed at times, creating more continuity between Night, Dawn, Day and Lands time-line of the undeads abilities.

Some seem to automatically shoot down the remake in favor of the original, I've watched this version almost as many times as Dawn and Day, and believe the film tops the original in almost every way.

Although the groundbreaking nature of the original will always remain, Savini's Dead is a without doubt a classic Zombie flick and in my opinion a perfect first chapter in the Romero Dead series.


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