Judith O'Dea (Barbra Blair), Duane Jones (Ben), Karl
Hardman (Harry Cooper), Keith Wayne (Tom)
Despite a humble cast, a very simple story (a group of
people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in an abandoned barn) and a virtually non-existent budget, writer-director George A. Romero still delivers one of the seminal, groundbreaking horror
films and amongst the first to feature zombies as murderous, utilising its gloomy atmosphere to build the tension in the absence of blood and gore effects.
A bigger-budget sequel (Dawn Of The Dead (qv)) was
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (18)
D: Tom Savini
Columbia/21st Century (John A. Russo & Russ
W: George A. Romero [based on a screenplay by John A.
DP: Frank Prinzi
Ed: Tom Dubensky
Mus: Paul McCollough
Tony Todd (Ben), Patricia Tallman (Barbara), Tom Towles
(Harry Cooper), McKee Anderson (Helen Cooper), Heather Mazur (Sarah Cooper)
Bigger budget remake of George A. Romero's 1968 classic,
directed by Tom Savini, a makeup artist who specialised in gore effects (as seen by his work on Dawn Of The Dead).
The austere atmosphere of the original film is lost in
favour of excessive violence and gore, and though it's not a terrible remake, it doesn't come close to the shock factor of its 1960's counterpart and doesn't have many particularly memorable
moments, especially not the same way the original film does.