1968 – Night Of The Living Dead

★★★★☆ USA. 1h36m. Horror. Directed by George A. Romero. Written by John Russo, George A. Romero. Cinematography by George A. Romero. Edited by George A. Romero. Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Judith Ridley, Keith Wayne.

Follows seven people who are trapped in a rural farmhouse in western Pennsylvania, which is under assault by an enlarging group of cannibalistic, undead corpses. The film grossed US$12 million domestically and US$18 million internationally, earning more than 250 times its budget. Night of the Living Dead has been regarded as a cult classic by film scholars and critics, despite being heavily criticized upon its release for its explicit gore. It eventually garnered critical acclaim and was selected in 1999 by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.

1990 – Night Of The Living Dead

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h32m. Horror. Directed by Tom Savini. Written by George A. Romero (screenplay) and John Russo, George A. Romero (original screenplay). Cinematography by Frank Prinzi. Edited by Tom Dubensky. Music by Paul McCollough. Starring Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles, McKee Anderson, William Butler, Katie Finneran, Bill Moseley, Heather Mazur, Russell Streiner.

A remake of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror film of the same name. Romero rewrote the screenplay he had originally co-authored. Savini was initially hired to perform the special effects, but was persuaded to direct by Romero. Savini was drawn to the remake because he was unavailable to do special effects on the original.