31 Nights of Horror. Night 12: Night of the Living Dead

Cover of "Night of the Living Dead"
Cover of Night of the Living Dead

Tonight film is Tom Savini’s verison of the George A. Romero classic, Night of the Living Dead. When it was released in 1990 it is almost an exact scene-for-sence remake of the classic (1968). It is said that some of the reasoning behind this that Savini thought no matter how good the orginal film was, moviegoer’s of the 1990s would not go to the theather to watch a black and white movie.

In fact Savini toyed with the idea of starting the film in black and white and gradually adding color to the film but decided against it.

Did you know:

As is tradition with most zombie films, the word ‘zombie’ is never once used in this movie to describe the Living Dead.

The scene at the end of the film, where several zombies are lynched from a tree and shot at was in fact scripted in the original 1968 film, but was cut because of the racial tensions gripping the country at the time. The scene pays homage to the cut.

The car driven by Johnny at the beginning of the film was owned by Tom Savini. According to the director it was the first car he bought after meeting with success and it broke his heart to wreck it during filming.

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