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Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Horror | 92 minutes
3,17 315 votes

Genre: Horror

Duration: 92 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Tom Savini

Stars: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman and Tom Towles

IMDb score: 6,8 (44.845)

Releasedate: 19 October 1990

Night of the Living Dead plot

"There IS a Fate Worse Than Death."

Remake of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. The living dead just keep advancing. A group of people gets trapped in a house and has no way out. Meanwhile, more and more zombies are coming to the cottage...

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avatar van Lovelyboy


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Finally then! Night of the living dead, the zombie film that I apparently saw 20 years ago and of which the ending scenes with the sadistic Hillbillies stayed with me the most. And especially the zombies upside down in the trees.

Savini initially delivers a reasonable product from time to time with a sometimes horrific 90s style in terms of haircuts, clothing and music. With all that arguing and screaming, the group dynamics are sometimes irritating and certain choices are terribly stupid. And is it weird that Ben is just a zombie when he hasn't been bitten anywhere.

The strength of the film, which pulls the film's figure from a five to a six or six and a half, takes place in the last scenes. A pretty bleak atmosphere is created in those final moments by the Hillbilly's, so to speak, portraying a bunch of sadists who see zombie clearing as a sport and entertainment, with the hot dog stand in the background, rather than anything. necessary. Those moments, of the defenseless zombies upside down in the trees and fighting in a kind of ring, still give a gloomy feeling afterwards. Excellently done by the way and very curious if this is also the case in the original Romero.

Night of the living dead is especially good as entertainment and manages to give a bit of a statement at the end which gives the film something extra.

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avatar van wendyvortex


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Quite literally a re-filming of the original, which is a pity because that produces few surprises, although the film is otherwise a fine alternative. The movie where we first got to see the modern horror zombie. I think the ending was slightly different and the female protagonist was a little less docile, but it's been quite a while since I saw the 1968 version. Make-up FX artist Tom Savini as director and Romero himself as producer. The best zombie movie is of course always Dawn of the Dead from 1978. Great time-waster, but I expected something more special from this team-up of Savini and Romero (both heroes of course! ).

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avatar van Shadowed


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Savini dares to take the step from make-up and make-up to directing. Unfortunately, he still has a lot to learn, because this remake of the 1968 classic doesn't get anywhere really fun. The main problem with this film is that it doesn't really have a nice tempo anywhere, and that makes it quite tough.

And anyone who also hopes for 88 minutes consisting of fun effects is also wrong. Savini remains fairly faithful to the original, but that doesn't get you there yet. The pace is slow and the acting pretty bad. Todd is the only one who does a little nice, but his role is so limited and so ungrateful that it doesn't matter much.

Furthermore, the amount of makeup is disappointing. Some of the effects are still nice, but the number of kills they can be applied to is very limited. Tame and slow kills that never really get a kick out of you. The rudeness is still to be forgiven, because rather rude and practical than smooth and animated, but if there is no pace, then that does not help too much.

The running time is fortunately short and towards the final the film gets a bit better, but otherwise there is not much to do with this film. The zombies look nice and you recognize Savini's hand in that, but otherwise this film is a bit disappointing in a lot of areas. In addition, it can't match the original, which was also slow, but a lot more interesting than this film.

I can't rate the film less than 2.0*, though, because while it's tough and slow, it's pretty good technically. The zombies are fun, the kills (when they finally get to triumph) are nice and the location is well chosen. I actually wanted to give a 1.5* despite this, but the final still manages to make up for it a bit. Also seems to be the first real piece where this movie really sets itself apart from the original, so that sometimes makes this movie a little more "original". Otherwise moderate.

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