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Night of the Living Dead DVD

Color by TVC. Filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Began shooting April 23, 1990; completed shooting June 8, 1990. Released in the USA October 19, 1990. Released on video April 17, 1991. A remake of George A. Romero's 1968 horror classic. Shot in black and white on a shoestring budget of $130,000, the original "Night of the Living Dead," with its nihilistic tone, realistic, near-documentary style and subtle social commentary, broke new ground in the horror genre. It became a cult hit and has had an influence on all subsequent horror films. Romero followed his 1968 success with two sequels, the critically acclaimed "Dawn of the Dead" in 1979 and "Day of the Dead" in 1985. While the original version is still successful, Romero was forced to do a remake because of a rights loophole in the original contract. The original producers had to do a sequel at that point or someone else would have been able to do it instead. Feature film directorial debut for Tom Savini. Savini got his start as an actor, stuntman, and director on the TV show "Tales From the Darkside." He was also the special makeup effects artist on both "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead," as well as other horror films such as "Friday the 13th." According to Savini, "[George Romero] had in mind that so many people knew the original story that they could be manipulated...When you expect something to happen and it doesn't, there's that element of surprise. From that second on you don't know what to expect, which makes this film scary to those who have seen the original as well as to those who will be seeing it for the first time."

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