Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

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Director: Tom Savini

Cast: Tom Savini, Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 gore quotient with Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985), so Savini's starting back at square one further lessened the impact of this pointless retread. If this version has anything to offer, it is Patricia Tallman's engaging lead performance as a gun-toting independent woman, one of this film's few elements not lifted wholesale from Romero.

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Made for reasons of profit (by writer/producer George Romero's own admission), Tom Savini's remake of Night of the Living Dead doesn't seem so much mercenary as perfunctory. Highly watchable and reasonably frightening, it suffers from familiarity for most of its running time, a final third offering the only significant departure from the original. Still, it's a pretty rich story and Savini does right by it, serving up tension, jolts, and gore in good measure. Helping out are good performances by Patricia Tallman and especially Tony Todd, probably the best actor to work almost exclusively in the horror genre. Not a necessary film, and, thanks its familiarity, lacking most of the impact of the original, it's still a superior effort when compared to most of its horror contemporaries.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/1998
UPC:
0043396771734
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Todd Ben
Patricia Tallman Barbara
Tom Towles Harry Cooper
McKee Anderson Helen Cooper
William Anderson Actor
William Butler Tom
Katie Finnerman Judy Rose
Heather Mazur Sarah
William Cameron The Newsman
Bill Cardille TV Interviewer
Berle Ellis The Flaming Zombie
John Hamilton Crowbar Zombie
David W. Butler Hondo
Zachary Mott Bulldog
Pat Reese The Mourner
Pat Logan Uncle Rege
Greg Funk Cemetary Zombie
Tim Carrier Autopsy Zombie
Dyrk Ashton Truck Zombie
Jordan Berlant Porch Zombie
Albert Shellhammer Cousin Satchel
Jay McDowell Front Door Zombie
Walter Berry McGruder
Kendal Kraft Bob Evans Zombie
David Grace Policeman Zombie
Stacie Foster Doll's Mom Zombie
Charles Crawley Window Zombie
Bill Moseley Johnnie

Technical Credits
Tom Savini Director
Cletus Anderson Production Designer
Barbara Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Kensington Falls Animation Animator
Ami Artzi Producer
Declan Baldwin Producer
Everett Burrell Special Effects
Tom Dubensky Editor
James C. Feng Art Director
Marc S. Fischer Production Designer
Terrie Godfrey Makeup
Menahem Golan Executive Producer
Jeannee Josefczyk Makeup
Paul McCollough Score Composer
Phil Neilson Stunts
Optic Nerve Makeup Special Effects
Chris Pangikas Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Prinzi Cinematographer
George A. Romero Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Christine Romero Associate Producer
John A. Russo Co-producer,Screenwriter
Brian J. Stonestreet Set Decoration/Design
Russ Streiner Co-producer
Matt Vogel Special Effects
John Vulich Special Effects

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