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June 2010

Night Of The Living Dead 3D

cast: Brianna Brown, Joshua DesRoches, Sid Haig, and Greg Travis

director: Jeff Broadstreet

84 minutes (18) 2006
widescreen ratio 1.85:1
Stax DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 3/10
review by Adam Hartley

Night Of The Living Dead 3D

First of all, this is not the 1968 George Romero classic. This is a 3D remake incorporating the main plot ideas and for some unknown reason, out of place footage from the original. To address the 3D aspect it unfortunately uses the old anaglyph approach viewed through red and blue glasses, an experience which although occasionally is rewarding the glasses had to be removed at a number of points to avoid headaches and eye-strain.

Having already warranted a remake in 1990 the 3D version doesn't really bring anything extra to the table apart from the obvious 3D which, as mentioned, isn't actually that good. Due to the original never being properly copyrighted this remake was possible without any permission from the original creators. This also seems to be the reason why original footage can be inexplicably used in places (the family are shown to be watching the original on television).

It was Romero's original that really created a new subgenre of horror in the form of zombie movies. His vision of a zombie apocalypse revolutionised not only our conception of zombies but also our expectations of a horror film. At the time his film was probably the scariest of its kind, mainly due to the sheer size and idea of it as well as the level of gore. Now, however, audiences have become desensitised to such gore and although the film attempts to recreate a classic it falls flat of being really scary.

The plot remains fairly similar with Barb (Brianna Brown) and her brother Johnny arriving late to their aunt's funeral. Here they get separated as they are attacked by a group of zombies and Barb ends up being rescued by Ben (Joshua DesRoches) and taken to his family's farmhouse. They then attempt to defend themselves against the undead as a zombie-apocalypse ensues.

Horror fans will recognise Sid Haig from House Of 1000 Corpses playing a sinister mortician who gives an explanation, albeit rather long, of the origins of the zombies. His presence is one of the few highlights of an otherwise bland remake.

The film seems to attempt a rather deliberate low budget look and feel but ultimately becomes too forced and self-referential. As for the 3D, after a few standout moments it's hardly worth the strain on the eyes and many viewers will be disappointed with the rest of what the film has to offer.



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