Night of the Living Dead (1990)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Ultra Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Tom Savini. Production began on 5 February 1990 1Variety 2 May 1990 p.S-48

Plot Summary

A group of people barricade themselves in a remote farmhouse as all around them, The bodies of the recently dead are reactivated by some unknown force. Relationships in the house begin to deteriorate and a series of wrong decisions leads to tragedy. As the night wears on, The survivors are whittled away and the army of flesh eating keeps growing…


Director: Tom Savini
21st Century Film Corporation, Columbia Pictures Corporation
Executive Producers: Menahem Golan, George A. Romero
Co-executive Producer: Ami Artzi
Producers: John A. Russo, Russ Streiner
Line Producer: Declan Baldwin
Associate Producer: Christine Romero
Script: George A. Romero
Based on the screenplay written by John A. Russo, George A. Romero
Director of Photography: Frank Prinzi
Editor: Tom Dubensky
Music: Paul McCollough
Sound Mixer: Felipe Borrero
Costume Designer: Barbara Anderson
Key Make-up: Jeanne Josefczyk
Hair: Jeanne Josefczyk
Pyrotechnic Special Effects: Matt Vogel
Special Make-up Effects Created by: John Vulich, Everett Burrell
Production Designer: Cletus R. Anderson

Tony Todd (Ben)
Patricia Tallman (Barbara)
Tom Towles (Harry Cooper)
McKee Anderson (Helen)
William Butler (Tom)
Kate Finneran (Judy Rose)
Bill Mosley (Johnnie)
Heather Mazur (Sarah)
David Butler (Hondo)
Zachary Mott (Bulldog)
Pat Reese (the mourner)
William Cameron (newsman)
Pat Logan (Uncle Rege)
Berle Ellis (flaming zombie)
Bill ‘Chilly Billy' Cardille (TV interviewer)
Greg Funk (cemetery zombie)
Tim Carrier (autopsy zombie)
John Hamilton (crowbar zombie)
Dyrk Ashton (truck zombie)
Jordan Berlant (porch zombie)

Alternative Titles

A Despertar dos Mortos Vivos – Portugal
Noc zywych trupów – Poland
La noche de los muertos vivientes – Spain
La notte dei morti viventi – Italy
Die Rückkehr der Untoten – Germany

Remake of
Night of the Living Dead (1968)



  • Cinefantastique vol.21 no.3 (December 1990) pp.16-17, 19-21, 22; 18; 23 – illustrated article (Night of the Living Dead by Michael Frasher); illustrated interview (Zombie director Tom Savini by Michael Frasher); illustrated interview with Everett Burrell and John Vulich (The zombies from hard disc hell by Michael Frasher)
  • Samhain no.25 (February/March 1991) pp.11-13 – review
  • Shivers no.4 pp.25-26 – review
  • Wide Angle vol.14 no.1 (January 1992) pp.64-76 – illustrated article (Taking back Night of the Living Dead: George Romero, feminism & the horror film by Barry Keith Grant)
  • Variety 2 May 1990 p.S-48 – credits, release date


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) p.465 – credits, review
  • Back from the Dead: of the Romero Zombie Films a Markers of Their Times by Kevin J. Wetmore Jr pp.47-63 – article
  • The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead by Tony Williams p.276 – credits
  • The Films of the Nineties: A Complete, Qualitative Filmography of Over 3000 Feature-Length English Language Films, Theatrical and Video-Only, Released Between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999 by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn L. Nowlan p.397
  • Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish p.259 – credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.355
  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.115-117
  • The Pocket Essential: George A. Romero by Tom Fallows and Curtis Owen pp.93-98 – article
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.352-353
  • Zombie by Allan Bryce (ed) pp.28-39 – illustrated article (‘Shoot 'em in the head!': George A. Romero – the Dead movies by Allan Bryce)
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.123