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G.O.R.E. Score: Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Original Release Date: October 19, 1990
Run time: 92 minutes

It’s tough to remake a “classic.”

If you choose to do so, your movie will normally fall into one of two categories:

1. a complete “re-imagining,” throwing caution to the wind and doing pretty much whatever you want while disregarding much or all of the original’s content.
2. a faithful, shot-for-shot re-do of the original movie, possibly throwing in one or two different new or unique things, to give your version a little flair.

If you make the first movie, you run the risk of alienating all the core fans of the original, who know that the movie is a “classic” for good reason, and they don’t feel that there is EVER a need to “re-imagine” anything. If you make the second movie, you are essentially giving the ol’ “copy and paste” to someone else’s work – unless the original movie is your own, in which case you are either greedy or just can’t leave well enough alone! Either way, odds are good that you’re going to piss someone off; you just can’t win.


One comment on “G.O.R.E. Score: Night of the Living Dead (1990)

  1. I thought it was unfortunate that Savini didn't choose to bring on some better known actors. I could even deal with the most ridiculous and dated lines ("They're coming to get you, Barbara!") if they'd been delivered by, say, Steve Buscemi.

    I mean, hell, if Vince Vaughn and William H. Macy signed up for Gun Van Sant's "Psycho" remake (a heresy if ever one has been committed), surely some real talent could have been attracted to this.

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