These are the times of the zombie. But, for more than 25 years, fans of the genre have forgotten about a should-be classic and important slice of zombie lore — Tom Savini’s George Romero-scripted 1990 remake of The Night of The Living Dead.
Night 90 has had a troubled existence. It was a commercial disappointment, Roger Ebert gave it one-star, and it’s faded from the collective memory to the point that some still don’t know it exists. In a universe filled by zombie content, it’s easy for a movie that was dismissed over two decades ago to get lost, and detractors have some somewhat-fair critiques, suggesting there was little to add to the already established classic, and that the remaking it was something of a cash grab. They aren’t wrong. The remake was created in part to finally get George Romero and others the payday denied them after their distributor sent out prints of the original Night of The Living Dead without a copyright notice. Romero made next to no money on the film that kickstarted a whole subgenre and pervades throughout our culture today. But the reasons behind remaking his most popular film shouldn’t be taken into consideration when the material is so strong. Night 90 has long been undervalued and should be embraced as a lost classic.