Year: 1990
Rated: R
Run Time: 92 minutes
Production Company: Columbia (Bogota)
Director: Tom Savini
Starring:Tony Todd (a.k.a. Candyman a.k.a. Junk Yard Dog)
T & A: Hell No
I Say Don't Drink & Drive : You Might Spill Your Drink

"Hell is Full: Time To Empty"

Hey kids, any idea what you get when you combine a horror classic like Romero's Night Of The Living Dead, special effects wiz Tom Savini, color, and slick production values? ZOMBIE WHACKING ACTION, that's what beeeeeeeeeeeeee otch, and in full effect. For those of you horror virgins, here's the low down.

A young woman and her brother are visiting a deceased mother. Suddenly, crazy dead folks springing out of everywhere attack! The brothr dies, but this young woman survives, and says, "FEETS, DO YO' STUFF!" She books it to a little house on the prairie, where she's holed up against an army of the living dead along with cool guy Tony Todd as a crowbar packing bad ass, some moron and his injured daughter and stupid wife, and a hick and his girlfriend. The hick's uncle owned the house.

The character of the young woman was a lot wimpier in the original, and it's cool to see her sticking a big ole' shotgun straight into the mouth of a dumbass zombie and pulling the trigger. Romero does zombies right, and these are classics. Slow movie, hungry, groaning. Deciveingly dangerous. But, will it be the bickering inside the house or the zombies outside that spells doom for these people? Both!

Cool scenes of zombie violence include Tony Todd running down a zombie and leaving it still alive with it's legs on backwards, also the exploding truck death of the hick and his girlfriend. Hands down the best part of this flick is the cool surprise ending, it's a lot different then the original. You'll have to see it to believe it.

Make no mistake about it, this is a great movie. However, I have a few minor gripes with it. First off, in any movie where the whole cast is holed up inside a small area, things are bound to get frustrating and monotonous after awhile. Savini's direction keeps things from getting too dull, however. Second, things have been changed in this into kind of a happy ending. The girl survives, and you get the feeling that mankind actually beats the zombies. This is all find and good, but if mankind wins, how do you explain the sequels Dawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead where the zombies win? It effectively discounts the others in the trilogy. Still, leave Night Of The Living Dead on it's own and not part of any trilogy, and it shines.

Excellent gore by director Savini. He may not be as good as Romero behind the lens, but he knows how to do effects. While he doesn't pile the gore on too heavily (ohhhh...) the touches he adds are nice. Zombie gun shot victims, car rundowns, and a cool scene of a zombie taking it in the head with a crowbar. Kudos, Savini.

Night Of The Living Dead 1990 is definetly worth the money of a rental. Why not go check it out? It would be a cool school project to compare this and the 1968 version and note the similarities and differences. There are many. Solid, and kind of scary in some places, zombie fans rejoice, this kicks ass.


Our Rating System

Splice: "Trying to shoot the lock open on a gas tank is not a smart idea. Of course, if you were an inbred hillbilly moron you might not think twice about it, and no one would think twice about warning you."

Sam the Cat: "Damn, I'd say I live it better than the original. However, watching it made me miss "Airheads" on Comedy Central, so I'd half to withdraw one star. Or maybe add one..."