Night of the Living Dead
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A doozie."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This Night barely musters the energy to pass for a rank special effects showcasing."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"I liked this remake. Had a nonstop energy and slight twists on the original."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Pointless, but passable remake."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"...there's the "Bar-B-Que" scene, lasting only a few seconds, but long enough to cause nightmares for the rest of your life."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"It's an eye-roller. It didn't need to be."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Completely unnecessary but not-terrible remake tells the exact same story with a few twists."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"As far as unnecessary remakes go, this one isn't bad."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"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."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"If you can detach yourself from the original, you may just have a blast with this one..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Now THIS is how to do a remake!"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Useless remake with good effects."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A competent update of George A. Romero's horror classic."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
More reviews for Night of the Living Dead on Rotten Tomatoes

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