Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Year: 1990

Production: 21st Century / George Romero / Menahem Golan / Columnbia

Director: Tom Savini

Starring: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles, McKee Anderson, William Butler, Katie Finnerman

Screenwriter: George Romero

96 minutes; Color

It was risky and possibly cynical undertaking to remake, in color, the 1968 b/w classic. However, while the original remains the stronger, this was an accomplished feature-film debut for Savini, best known for his ghoulish special make-up on Romero's zombie movies. Generically the story-line of the original is followed closely, but there is a greater emphasis on the female character, Barbara (Tallman), who does not succumb so quickly to frozen fear as did her original. The 1968 film made a virtue of its ramshackle production values, with a cinema verite style resulting from a shoestring budget; the greater smoothness of the remake makes it strangely less compelling - more obviously a movie.

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