Night of the Living Dead 3D Review
Written by: Bulin
The first time I heard about Night of the Living Dead in 3D I was a bit skeptical. I really like Sid Haig so I was intrigued, however I remember going to the theater to see Savini's remake and being disappointed. Well I ended up watching it last night.
The runtime on this one is an hour and 20 minutes and the DVD is actually in 2D format. I have not seen the 3D version but I don't think that seeing it would have had any sort of added value. It was obvious where the 3D tricks were and they were few and not so clever. I mean I really would not have been that impressed seeing pot smoke blow toward me or a bullet go toward the ground in front of me..
Where to start....well, the movie starts out in familiar fashion, with Johnny and Barb(ara) attending a funeral for their aunt. When they arrive, everyone is gone and there is a banging noise coming from within their aunt's coffin. Johnny walks off to find the Cemetery office, and is immediately attacked by zombies, gets bitten and drives off. Barb runs around in a skirt and heels for a few minutes and finally gets to the office. Well the office is crawling with zombies, including a rather distasteful fat naked guy all intent on eating Barb. She finally bumps into Sid Haig who plays Junior Tovar. Junior seems unfazed by the zombies running amok and tells Barb she really shouldn't be here today. To me the Caretaker fighting off the zombies seemed to borrow heavily from Cemetery Man. Barb runs off in the woods and tries to call Johnny on her cell phone. In probably the low point of the movie, she gets a text message that reads "Coming 2 get U Barb." Which makes no sense because he never does. Anyway she is helped by a guy on a motorcycle and taken to the nearby house. This would be where the wheels quickly come off the vehicle for the movie. The house is actually run by some pot growing hippie throwbacks who will not call the police for help because they don't want to get busted for growing pot. In a new twist, the zombies do manage to interrupt two stoners having sex. The girl manages to escape for awhile which leads to some interesting scenes of her bouncing around bare assed trying to escape. Good Times! Ok, won't divulge the rest of the "plot" but this is not a good movie. It just stumbles around for awhile and decides to end in unspectacular fashion.
Night of the Living Dead in 3D is a waste and is not remotely worthy to bear the NOTLD title. The zombies are pretty well done but nothing spectacular. The music is boring and nondescript, the acting is bland, except for Haig's performance (which added a point to the overall score for me). Even at less than an hour and a half, I felt I could have put my time to better use. As a huge fan of the Zombie sub-genre, I advise you to skip this one.