Actors: Duane Jones, Karl Hardman, Bill Hinzman
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Night of the Living Dead|
|When a zombie kills her brother and chases her, Barbra runs to a farmhouse for refuge. There, she meets Ben, who's also seeking refuge.
Ben boards up all of the doors and windows.
They discover more people hiding in the basement. A young couple, Tom and Judy and Harry and Helen Cooper and their daughter, who's been bitten. Working together, they devise a plan. Ben, Tom and Judy will make it to the truck, fill it with gas and return for the others. However, the truck catches on fire and explodes, killing Tom and Judy. Ben fights his way back to the house through the army of zombies.
Panicking, Harry takes the only gun away from Ben, but Ben takes it back and shoots Harry who stumbles to the basement where he's eaten by his daughter.
The zombies break in and take Barbra.
Helen runs to the basement and is killed by her daughter.
Overrun, Ben is forced to barracade himself in the basement and is forced to shoot Harry and Helen, who have become zombies.
In the morning, Ben hears the police, who've killed the zombies and are searching for survivors.
One of the cops mistakes Ben for a zombie and kills him.
--Brandon Swenson, Resident Scholar
|Barabara (Patricia Tallman) and her brother Jonnie (Bill Mosley) go to visit their mother when they are attacked by cannabilistic zombies awakened from death by a radioactive space probe. Barbara escapes and finds refuge in an isolated farm house where she would ultimately meet up with Ben (Tony Todd) and a diverse group of five other strangers. They spend the night fending off the relentless attack of a legion of zombies in hopes they can see the light of day. A contemporary version of the cult 1968 classic B&W film by George Romero, NOTLD 1990 (directed by brilliant make-up effects wizard Tom Savini) improves on the gore and characterizations with fantastic performances by Tom Towles as a completely obnoxious Harry Cooper, Patricia Tallman with an updated twist to the helpless heroin, and Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination 1&2) who adds more kick ass, take charge attitude to the "lets keep things cool, think things out" character of Ben.
--Bobby Blades, Resident Scholar
|Radiation in the community causes corpses to reanimate and become zombies. Large portion of film spent trying to board up the house while fighting off hordes of zombies and thinking up ways to kill them for good.
--Ferris, Resident Scholar
|The Dead rise from the Earth to eat the living, now a group of people are under seige in an abandoned farm house fighting for their lives!
--Ken Carper, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 40%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
**Fantasy or Science Fiction?**
- fantasy story on present day Earth
Kind of Horror Story
- the zombie chased me!
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Black)
- (man) short/medium straight
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
Sense of humor?
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
How much in movie?
- White (American)
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- missing body parts/abilities
- 20th Century (1950-1970)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Tone of movie
Check here if B&W
- Some foul language
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