Night of the Living Dead (1990) Movie Review

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Night of the Living Dead (1990)

1990 | R | Horror, Thriller
92 minutes / 1h 32min

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Night of the Living Dead Plot Synopsis:

A remake of George Romero's 1968 black-and-white classic that begins in a cemetery, as the recently-dead return to life - from an unknown cause - and attack the living as their prey. One woman escapes the frightening zombies to take refuge with others in a farmhouse, as every cadaver for miles around hungers for their flesh. Will they make it through the night...that the dead came back to life?

Night of the Living Dead (1990) Review

Night of the Living Dead (1990) is a 1h 32-min American horror film that is a remake of George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead (1968), but the 1990 version had a bigger budget and was shot in color. A few other differences are that the 1990 movie has better camera equipment, special effects make-up, different cast, and Tom Savini as the director. Director Tom Savini did a fantastic job executing his first full-length movie to being an entertaining watch with great action scenes. Night of the Living Dead started the same way the original started which I was not shocked by because this movie is based on the original screenplay with some minor revisions.

Barbara (Patricia Tallman - Army of Darkness (1992), Jurassic Park (1993), Babylon 5 (1995-1998)) and her brother Johnnie decide to visit their mother’s grave in a secluded Pennsylvania cemetery. It did not take long for a zombie to attack Barbara leading Johnnie (Bill Moseley - The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Army of Darkness (1992), Halloween (2007), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)) to rescue her but dies while defending his sister. Barbara ran for her dear life from the cemetery stumbling across an abandoned farmhouse where she seeks shelter only to find more zombies. Ben (Tony Todd - The Man from Earth (2007), The Rock (1996), Candyman (1992), Platoon (1986)) arrives shortly after helping Barbara kill the zombies and barricades the doors and windows. Ben and Barbara found other survivors hiding in the cellar of the farmhouse.

The group is not sure which route or what action they will take next but Harry Cooper (Tom Towles - Halloween (2007), Miami Vice (2006), The Devil’s Rejects (2005)) suggests that the group stay in the cellar until authorities come. Ben thinks that they will die if they remain in the basement because it is a death trap and should concentrate on fortifying the house. Barbara suggests that they should walk to their next destination because the zombies mobility is not fast enough to chase them if they encounter one or a few. The group had to devise a new plan as a horde of zombies is heading their way. The movie progresses to being an entertaining adventure where members of the group met horrific deaths.

I am a fan of this film and has watched it numerous times because it is something that my family enjoys watching. This movie showed us how Barbara grew stronger as she faced different situations and helped us understand our characters better with a little backstory. The makeup department did a fantastic job with the zombies and characters who all look spectacular. The screenplay was, of course, solid which leads the director to have an easier time executing the film with minor goofs/mishaps. All of the actors did a fantastic job with their performances including Johnnie, who did not have much screen time.

  • Night of the Living Dead Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.59
  • IMDB: 6.9
  • MetaCritic: 5.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.8

About Night of the Living Dead 1990

Title: Night of the Living Dead
Year: 1990
Runtime: 92 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.29/5 stars from 34,997 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 34,997 MPAA Rating: R
Night of the Living Dead Cast Starring: Bill Moseley, Tony Todd, John W. Iwanonkiw, Tom Towles, William Butler, Rik Billock, Don Brockett, William Cameron, Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille, Sean P. McCarthy, Ralph Langer, Frederick E. Kowalo, Patricia Tallman, Zachary Mott, Bill Cardille, David W. Butler, Pat Logan, Butchie, Greg Funk, Craig Spector, Russell Streiner, John Skipp, Jason Menz, Vini Bancalari, Berle Ellis, Tim Carrier, John Hamilton, Dyrk Ashton, Jordan Berlant, Earl Ellis
Night of the Living Dead Writers: John A. Russo, George A. Romero
Night of the Living Dead Director: Tom Savini
Production: 21st Century Film Corporation
Language: English
Country: USA