Director: Tom Savini
In the conversation of horror remakes, makeup effects wizard turned director Tom Savini's Night of the Living Dead has one of the more unique backstories. Rather than see any real artistic merit in the endeavor, original Night maker George A. Romero, who produced Savini's version, has readily admitted that the sole reason for making the 1990 modernization was to recoup some of the money lost when he and his 1968 collaborators failed to secure a title copyright, thus leaving the hugely successful original vulnerable to unauthorized distribution.
Knowing that, it's even more impressive watching Savini's film and applauding its all-around greatness—even though it was literally made for monetary purposes, Night of the Living Dead '90 showcases a plethora of ingenuity. Considering that Savini is one of horror's all-time best makeup artists, the film's first-rate zombie touch-ups shouldn't come as a surprise, but what's truly remarkable is how Romero, who also wrote the script, intelligently modifies his '68 screenplay.
Instead of the original's poignant social commentary, this Night of the Living Dead focuses more on the shattering psyches of its characters, all of whom have, once again, secluded themselves in a random farmhouse. Which makes the inevitable collapses of morals and plummeting pulses all the more impactful.