Heritage Flesh Eaters Makeover
This 1990 remake of the classic Night of the Living Dead was helmed by special effects horror maestro, Tom Savini. Must’ve been like shooting fish in a barrel for him as the story was all laid out – all he had to do was make it more gory (which he did in spades), more violent (ditto) and thereby more cool (um, kinda).
For some reason, though, the 1968 version was more shocking and stomach upsetting (the zombies that ate human flesh in the original didn’t use napkins and they took seconds without asking).
The same premise of people boarding themselves inside a rural farmhouse to fend off the undead frames the unrelenting eat-a-thon, which oddly enough is where it doesn’t work.
A near note-for-note re-telling – other than super graphic flesh-eating in color (the original was in black and white) – nothing new is brought to the dinner table. The human condition falls apart under the strain, counterpoints ensue and the zombies merely wait for their cue to get chopped, hacked, bullet-holed and burned.
While the flesh consumption scenes were tastefully (sorry) executed (sorry), I just thought there’d be more flavor. (Sorry).