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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - 30th Anniversary DVD Special Edition

I have had some pretty awful experiences in my life. As well as quite a few wonderful ones.

The worst, I always thought, would be having to stand in the room while the authorities pulled the melted jewelry from my mother’s burnt corpse. That was a bad experience.

Then there were the two rusty nails that slammed into my knee to the hilt.

Oh yeah... and not being able to move my legs.

I always thought that nothing I could see in film could even approach the misery of these personal moments.

But then, I could never in a thousand years imagine the creative still-birth of the 30th Anniversary NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD DVD.

Now I know what you are thinking, or at least I think I do. You may be thinking that I have grossly overstated the level of personal offense with which I take this DVD, but I swear to you I am having to control myself sooo much right now from merely ranting... How can I tell you exactly how they pissed on this film?

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of my first favorite movies. Every week, for the first 6 years of my life, I watched NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD projected in 16mm. It was the first film that I had memorized.

It scared me away from wanting to ever frequent cemeteries. And it made me ask my Dad how they make movies. And he handed me my first Famous Monsters of Filmland, along with a book on LON CHANEY... a little thin blue book.

And that is how it began. Also at the time I was addicted to KING KONG, GORGO and THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. I was seeing each of those... constantly alongside LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Corman version) and REEFER MADNESS.

In fact earlier this day I had watched the Alamo Drafthouse’s last night of the Cannibal fest where they screened NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. I was in a great mood. I’d been saving watching this 30th Anniversary edition till after I saw this screening at the Drafthouse.

Quint came over to watch it with Father Geek and I... and my god... the horror.

I feel as though I have just watched a personal family member gang-raped by a pack of super sodomites.

If you love NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD don’t even pick up the box that encases this dung heap.

First off, John Russo should be buried alive and fed through an IV and given adequate oxygen for the next 30 years. He has butchered, defaced and ruined one of the greatest horror films of all time. From his additions (as well as subtractions) to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, I can say with the utmost confidence that talent does not in any way reside within this shell of a so-called writer.

He has created something that at it’s best moments perhaps achieves the utter stupidity of ‘GREEDO FIRED FIRST’, but mostly resides with floating turds in a city sewer system.

There is not one instance in the entirety of the DVD that even begins to be good. And I’m even talking about the original footage. They have ruined every single second of the film through laughably awful sound effects and mixing, through a HORRENDOUS new bit of noise shat out by talentless hack, Scott Vladimir Ligina. They have erased all grain from the film, making it stark and crisp and in focus where it was once gloriously creepy and atmospheric.

Sigh... Perhaps I should just begin... at the beginning.

Gone are the opening shots of the film. Instead we begin upon the Chevy truck, that we later see Ben driving. But for now, it is driven by two redneck types hauling the body of the ‘cemetery ghoul’ in a coffin in the back of their truck. Terrible dialogue about how he was a child murderer has been created as if to give some sort of backstory to the first zombie we ever see.

This is HORRIBLE. REALLY REALLY HORRIBLE. The dialogue and acting between the two corpse handlers is terribly written and delivered with all the subtlety and nuance of a kindergarten play about butterflies and toast.

When we finally arrive at the cemetery we get a look at this abominable tone deaf synthesizer addicted skinhead, Scott Vladimir Licina. Not only did he piss on the entire film with the single most offensive score I have ever listened to in my life, he and his gigantic teeth, have decided to bookend this film with an overbearing and painfully awful portrayal of a Reverend.

They have the cemetery zombie attack the two drivers and then we cut straight to Barbara and Johnny parked at the cemetery. All the foreboding shots of the drive... gone. Now, new thunder sounds pounding the entire scene. Drowning out their dialogue. This is... awful. I really have never known the meaning of that word till I witnessed this atrocity.

Let’s cut forward a bit.

Remember where Ben and Barbara have first gone into the house together? When he tells her to go turn on all the lights, and then he begins searching for nails and hammer and wood? Well... we see him find the toolboxes. We no longer see him put the screwdriver in his back pocket, gone is the search for wood... he no longer looks under the sink, the initial nailing of wood is gone.... Oh yeah... as a matter of fact... When Barbara leaves the room here, it instantly cuts straight to her at the music box. All of the in-between and dialogue has been cut.

Remember Ben relating to Barbara what happened to him? Remember him talking about a tanker truck... describing that? GONE. Remember Barbara telling the story of Johnny and her? Well, they got to the cemetery... but all of her fantastic hysterical fits... GONE!

Gone. So much character development. Gone gone gone. Remember the scene between Harry and Helen in the basement where Harry talks about the Radio up stairs and Helen begins screaming at him about that. About how they don’t like one another.

Well now... Harry goes down in the basement. Does his initial bit about , “We’ll see who’s right. We’ll see when they come pleading for me to let them in” And then... cut to our all around swell guy, Tom pleading with Harry to come on back up... a mere minute and a half after he’s entered the cellar... there by making it seem as if... Tom instantly had a change of heart. Gone is the development between Harry and Helen about their marriage problems, the issues with Harry’s superiority complex.

If fact... throughout the entire film all of this basic fundamentally important to the story work is GONE, to be replaced with Reverend Wide Teeth and his bunch of morons.

Also... all the radio broadcasts are now different. It no longer feels like a radio broadcast from the period, but now feels like someone trying to impersonate a radio broadcast. Gone is most of the Venus probe stuff. Gone is the information about the Rescue Centers. Gone Gone Gone.

They hacked the hell out of this film. Remember the naked zombie? GONE!

Instead we have additional stumblers. No useful or even intriguing zombie additions.

You remember how the film ends?

Well, Ben still does what Ben does, but the instant still photography stuff is gone. Now. Oh boy... Now we get this insanely stupid...

“ONE YEAR LATER” bullshit where Reverend Big Teeth begins ranting about how GOD has saved him from the plague sweeping the nation like St Michael before him, and yada yada yada. See Reverend Big Teeth gets bit on the cheek by Cemetery Ghoul... and now it seems as if the whole film is a religious sermon about God.

What bollocks! This wankerous piece of shite should be burned like the dead.

All extras on this piece of shit DVD are created Extras. Annoying newly created trailer. Awful DANCE OF THE DEAD music video. Interviews and documentary footage with a bunch of nimrods and idiots that took a shit on this great film.

The sound effects alone should be enough to sentence them all to jail. Combine that with the utter contempt with which they treat the original film.

IMAGINE: if in addition to the little things George Lucas did to Star Wars, he cut out the scenes between Luke and Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. Imagine if half the dialogue between Luke and OB1 was removed. If a third of all dialogue between R2 and 3PO was removed. If all new sound effects were brought in. If additional music written by Christopher Young was added (In a Different Style). If Light Sabers sounded DIFFERENT. If Darth Vader’s heavy breathing was done by an asthmatic with a microphone. THEN they added in scenes with a new character called Voltent and Wodstar, and they were on another planet all together where everything was fine. Then they added additional Stormtroopers running around halls and bumping into one another.

GOD, this is the most repellent evil thing ever created. George Romero should be allowed to sue and win the master negative for this shit heap and then set it ablaze. It is an abomination to the eyes of mankind.

It ruins not only NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, but fucks up the entire arc of the trilogy.

THIS IS THE WORST FILM I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!

Beware. If you have to see it.... DON’T! It will hurt you. You’ll froth at the mouth and you are likely to break something. If you tried to ruin a film. Set out to destroy it. You could not do a worse job. I promise you that. This is unbearable and unwatchable.

I tried to leave 4 times during the showing, and Dad wouldn’t let me. Said it wouldn’t be fair for me to rip it apart if I didn’t watch the whole thing.

I did. I not only want my money back, but I want compensatory damages to my psyche by this... this sin to man. I HATE EVERYONE THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS THING!

I am not kidding. I’m not ‘being funny’. I’m deadly serious. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of my favorite all time films. When you read the review of watching the old scratched to hell print that was screened in 16 mm at the Alamo Drafthouse... you’ll see my love for this film. But this is not that movie. Not for one single second. This is another, bizarro world adaptation made by a bunch of evil frat rats that wanted to be in a classic movie and somehow got the chance to live their fucked up dream then spit it into our stores for us... Lovers of the film to be soiled with.

Never in my life have I been more angry. Nothing that Joe Farrell or Jack Valenti or any studio head or any human on the planet in history has done anything that has angered me more. SURE... My priorities are pretty much OUT OF WHACK. I should probably be far more upset about that sicko up in Ft Worth that killed those people.

BUT I don’t know those people. I know NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. I love this film. It’s one of the first films that made me love filmgoing and film fandom. And these perverted fucking assholes have fucked that, and I goddamn bought the piece of shit, and I’m broke right now and I’M PISSED CAUSE I WOULD RATHER BUY AN EXTRA 100 PACKETS OF TOILET PAPER AND TAMPONS FOR MY SISTER. I would rather own those things... hell.... even keep em once they are soiled, than own this piece of shit. It is festering in my house and getting me into a fit of anger just knowing I’m sharing the same house as it. In fact, I am going to tell Dad to go put it in the Brown Van. A vehicle that is DEAD... Worthless..... The place where worthless shite should be stored. THIS IS ABOMINABLE!

Beware. I will ban anyone that likes this piece of shit from my talkback. WHY? Simply because If you like this piece of shit abortion of a product, I could really give a shit if you ever read my site. No nice words will be spoken about John Russo or that Reverend Big Teeth in any place that I have created. Those intellectually deprived, artistically bankrupt hacks should be shunned from society. ANY magazine that has promoted this festering pussbucket of a product should be BURNED! It is terrible in the ways that ... I don’t know what way. Cause I’ve never experienced anything that sucked this hard. STAY AWAY!

Do not order it. Don’t buy it for a dollar... 50 cents or even a penny. That shiny coppery Lincoln will be worth more someday than this.

Readers Talkback
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  • Sept. 19, 1999, 8:47 p.m. CST

    first?

    by TalkingKat

    well harry, ya scared me away from it.

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Harry's various traumas

    by MrNiceGuy

    I've never even seen "Night of the Living Dead", but.... Holy Shit, Harry! Melted jewelry on your mother's burnt corpse? How the hell did things get to that point? You deserve to be royally screwed-up! (No offense -- you've managed to seem well-adjusted up until this point, at least....)

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 8:50 p.m. CST

    KILL THEM!!!!!!!! REDRUM!!-IM FIRST!

    by bmc41

    Harry- Screw em man!! Get The Shining DVD and you'll be fine! These are probably the same hacks that are gonna screw up Raiders of the Lost Ark!! Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark??!! *&^% those ass&*%^$!!

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Agony of the Living Dead

    by Rebel Scum

    I still can't believe how they butchered it, Harry. I love Romero's Dead trilogy with a passion. The sheer thought of someone going back and creating a travesty like this is unthinkable! When I heard about this whole thing a while back, I could already smell something bad, and it wasn't the zombies! Good for you, Harry, tell the world what John Russo has done to a classic film. Boycott the DVD and the VHS version folks! Oh, and all John Russo products as well. John Russo, if you're reading this: Just crawl back under that rock and save yourself from being stabbed a gazillion times by an angry mob.

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 8:58 p.m. CST

    I just hope Harry's sister does not read this.

    by spike lee

    I love Night and especially Dawn of the Dead as well, and I never thought I would see the day when a video copy was better than the DVD. Speaking of Night of the Living Dead, do yourself a favor and go see a great film out right now called Stir of Echoes. Too bad this film is getting overlooked from the Sixth Sense hype that has overtaken this great nation.

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 9:57 p.m. CST

    C'mon, Harry...

    by Paco J

    didn't you like it even a teensy bit? Eet's wafer thin... (I feel like I'm goading Mr. Creasote, here) :) Seriously, Harry, I'm sorry you had to sit through that, but thanks for the info. Some of us great unwashed might have fallen for this pretty packaged crap-o-thon. A little education goes a long way...

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 10 p.m. CST

    Night 30th

    by Morgus

    Wow, Harry! And I thought MY review of this "film" was negative. I'd advise burning the damned thing before you have a breakdown. Speaking of which: you should start a "Night 30th DVD and VHS Collection Drive." I'm serious. Have everyone send their copy to you. When you amass enough copies, have yourself a good ol' Texas cookout. Light 'em up like the posse lit up the ghouls in the REAL version of the film. Snap some pix with your digital camera and post 'em on the site! By the way, harry: what did you think of Savini's 1990 remake? Lastly, everyone's welcome to check out my review here: www.geocities.com/Area51/Chamber/4973/romero/night/n30.html

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 10:01 p.m. CST

    A dark day for Dead fans everywhere...

    by mrplissken

    Harry, when I first heard about this thing I said "bad fucking idea", I even posted a message on the NOTLD website (back in '97) saying so. I had just shown my short 'Twilight Zone' style horror film to Bill Hinzeman at a local University, when he mentioned it and at the time, I thought it was going to be just a THX re-mastered theatrical release. Later, I heard that John Russo was going to 'Lucas' it up and just about exploded into a rage. Restored original footage would have been acceptable, but changing the narrative, adding a new score- can you imagine doing this to a film like HALLOWEEN, and how badly it would fuck it up? I mean, I pretty much hated the new editions of STAR WARS enough that I'll never let them near my VCR or DVD player. Well Russo pretty much eviserated NOTLD and turned it into one of the typical Scream Queen/Market Square hack fests that reflect so badly on the horror genre. John Russo, if you really would like to make money and re-establish your name, get rid of the Tits and Ass, put NOTLD behind you and actually craft a SCARY FILM. Do something that is atmosphereic and gets under the viewers skin- fuck the sex and gore formula! (well, some well-done gore is permissable, if done by Tom Savini....) Doing something like this to NOTLD is akin to Alan digging up 'Orville' and degrading his corpse in CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS, an INFINITLY better film compared to this new 'interpretation' of NIGHT. You made CHILDREN look like CITIZEN-fucking-KANE! I truly hope that, as a reaction to this, Romero will kick his TWILIGHT OF THE DEAD into high gear and fucking tear a new 'hole into the contemporary horror genre. Until then, I'll keep watching the classics like the original NIGHT, DAWN OF THE DEAD, HALLOWEEN, BLACK CHRISTMAS, PHANTASM, THE EVIL DEAD and the other masterworks that were made by folks who had the fire, the talent, and the love and respect for the genre to do it right.

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Harry's world; and the fucked up mess that is NOTLD 30th..

    by Cronksty

    I'm having a hard time believing that GEORGE ROMERO let something that sounds that shitty be released! What the fuck?!?! Do these people not realize that the fans who like NOTLD REALLY like it and would get pissed after getting shit on? I'm in utter shock. And here's the second part of my message: Harry, I've been going to your site for about a year, and am having a problem understanding what the hell is going on in your life. No disrespect meant, but you make these little references to weird shit in your life which I cannot understand. One minute you speak of a mother who yelled a lot, then you talk about her melted jewelry on her corpse. If it's too difficult to speak of then forget it, but what the hell are these things that have made Harry..well, Harry?!? In other words: huh?

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 10:05 p.m. CST

    What the fuck!?

    by Darth Siskel

    This sounds fucking aweful! Where do they get off not only adding scenes, but also deleting some from this classic!? Lucas tinkering with his own movie is one thing, but anyone other than Romero shouldn't have even had the thought in their head to alter this movie, let alone actually do it & have it released!! FUCK IT!! IF THOSE LOSERS EVER RELEASE AN ORIGINAL MOVIE OF THEIR OWN I'M GOING TO DELETE HALF OF THE SCENES & ADD MY OWN, & RELEASE IT ON THE INTERNET!

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 10:07 p.m. CST

    also...

    by Darth Siskel

    ...I almost forgot. I'm going to add a scene with Jabba the Hutt too. All CGI!

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Rev Hicks - Worst actor of all time

    by magmox

    Hey.. I gotta admit....I love the dead trilogy better than the Star Wars trilogy so I couldn't wait to see the new 30th anniversery of Night on DVD. I almost puked! The new scenes suck, I couldn't believe they messed with the news reports, and Rev Hicks (with his buck ass teeth) is the WORST ACTOR OF ALL TIME!!!!!! The ending didn't make any sense...did they forget there were TWO MORE MOVIES IN THE TRILOGY. I always assumed that Dawn of the Dead took place several weeks after Night...so what was with that ONE YEAR LATER CRAP!?!?!?!? oh well......

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 10:27 p.m. CST

    For those of you who thought AICN loves every movie that crosses

    by mademan

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 10:49 p.m. CST

    EBAY

    by moviebuffster

    OH SHIT!!!! I just won the Limited Edition Night of the Living Dead on DvD on Ebay. And now everyone wants to tell me how shitty it is. Damn!!!! I'm gonna have to buy it too to avoid a negative comment. Maybe I'll just turn around and sell it back to another shmuck.

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 11:01 p.m. CST

    NOTLD 30

    by munster

    I just want to agree with everyone that hated notld....and may i add one thing...........YOU WERE BEING WAAAYYYY TOO NICE!!!!!!

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 11:06 p.m. CST

    NOTLD 30

    by munster

    I just want to agree with everyone that hated notld....and may i add one thing...........YOU WERE BEING WAAAYYYY TOO NICE!!!!!!

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 11:28 p.m. CST

    I AGREE WITH SPIKE ON "STIR"

    by GEEKBASHER 3.0

    Okay, first up Harry you need a valium and a cocktail to calm your nerves, Honey after reading your review above, I don't think I have ever heard you so bitter...But hey, they messed with your baby so, I guess thats how I would feel if 30 years from now, I get a Blair Witch 30 year annivesary special edition where they amplified Josh's farts and actually showed Heather throwing up after taking that shot...anyways I agree with SPIKE< I was quite bummed when last week STINK-MATA won the rat race at the box office, STIR definately should had come in first...between Stir and American Beauty, those are the only two worth it out there. STIGMATA was so bad, not since PIA ZADORA'S THE LONELY LADY was I rolling in the aisle laughing so damn hard, what was up with those shots of Patricia with the crown of thorns looking up with bright red/pink lipstick on her collegen enhanced lips looking like Madonna and the music..God it was so funny this lady told me to shut up! BAD MOVIES WE "DON'T" LOVE i tell ya, anyways if you haven't seen STIR OF ECHOES, go see it and well about Night of the Living Dead..who cares?

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Dear God, what did they do?

    by All Thumbs

    It's posts like these that make you want to cry for what people do to good films. I have never seen NOTLD, but I glanced a sequel when I was little and it scared the shit out of me. It sounds like what they did would be like adding a happy ending to Casablanca or having someone rewrite Shakespeare and have Romeo and Juliet not kill themselves. I feel so bad for you, Harry, to have had such an experience that is obviously affecting you in a seriously disturbing manner. I wish we could send you flowers or at least a new copy of the original NOTLD and a machine to show the 16 mm print on. I hope your positive review of the original shown at that festival is calming to you.

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Yoiks!

    by Jinxo

    Well when I saw the new 30th Anniversary DVD in the store for a second I felt bad that I had already bought the Super Deluxe NOTLD DVD Elite put out. Now I'm thankful I bought it. I guess if you have a choice, go with the elite one. Its got a cleaned up print but its the same film. Plus you get to here the cast sitting around watching the film and talking with each other. By the way Harry, given the subject, I'm curious what you think about the newly scored version of Dracula. I haven't looked to see if you've reviewed that yet.

  • Sept. 19, 1999, 11:57 p.m. CST

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    by kkrankk

    I first saw Night of the Living Dead when I was six years old. I've watched it many times since and it's like an old, creepy friend. Harry's news angered and saddened me. I did some research and you can read the original source for the information I have to relay by going to www.seattletimes.com and entering Night of the Living Dead into their seach engine. A page of articles will come up; one is by Mark Rahner and dated August 20, 1999; read it if you like. According to Rahner's article, Russo (Night's co-writer) spent $300,000 to shoot 18 new minutes to replace approximately 18 old minutes. Direct quote: "...Romero not only approved of the project, but would have taken part in it if not for an ironic twist: He had already committed to a big -screen adaptation of "Resident Evil," the popular video game inspired by their movie. Then Romero was reportedly fired from "Resident Evil." Many of the controversial changes were things discussed for the original, but left out because of a lack of time and money." End quote. Romero and Russo are old guys and still bitter about getting cheated out of the millions of dollars other people made from their work. It's understandable they'd want to cash in before they croak but this DVD is an unnecessary atrocity. Fans would have paid for the real movie on DVD and been happy with some added trailers and cast interviews. Romero and Russo's 30th anniversary edition supports my belief that evil is untiring in its efforts to manifest itself in new and horrible ways. I also believe that, rather than be forgotten, this travesty will serve for years to come as a perfect example of why you shouldn't try to fix what's not broken, even if you are the original creator.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 12:42 a.m. CST

    First Aid...

    by AI Joe

    There are still copies of the NOTLD 25th Anniversary Laser Disc floating around. The Print is from the original, it's cleaned-up alittle, but not to the degree stated above. It's the real thing, and the transfer is approved by Romero himself. It was put out by Elite Entertainment and features two commentary tracks, one by the prod. crew, the other by the actors, the complete script, tons of stills, earlier works, etc. Very interesting, but what the hell happened since then to now? I'll hang on to my copy and pass on the DVD. I met John Russo in Pittsburg taking his low-budget movie course back in, I think, 1992, back when he was pimping his Heartstopper movie. (I got gyped though, Tom Savini never showed.) Russo reminded me of a lowly accountant that hangs onto a bit part he performed in the high school musical. It's no wonder that they're now trying to milk a dead cow for some cash. Preserve the damn film and back off...

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 1:13 a.m. CST

    How dispose of bad CD's - Miricle Sparkles in the Microwave

    by No-Op

    Set your microwave to 5 seconds. Insert CD/DVD on the glass tray. Close 'n play. Watch as Borg Spark Halos erupt and dance. Stop oven. Know that no one will ever read that disk again.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Deplorable!

    by cutshaw

    I think that Harry is absolutely right to be this outraged. And it shouldn't make any difference how you personally feel about the movie. Actually, it's not particularly one of my own favorites, but for it to be destroyed like this is an insult to everyone.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 2 a.m. CST

    Holding Back...

    by spenworks

    Don't sugar coat it like that, Harry. Tell us what you really think.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 2:07 a.m. CST

    harry

    by baff

    i dont understand harry. he seems just to slip in little parts of his life in his reviews and news articles which make me bloody curious. he is wierd but that is not a bad thing. i know it is stupid to think that u know someone 1000s of miles away by his neat little charicature, a few still photos and his personalized reviews. but every so often he surprises me with the celebrities he knows and the life he leads in texas. does anyone else wonder about harry? he is such an interesting and odd character who embraces his passions and has a strong moral conscience [especially for someone from texas]. i think that harry is a great guy but very perculiar. baff

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Hmm...is he drunk or is he serious?

    by Xevioso2

    Wow. OK, see, I am a producer for a major radio station on the West Coast. I work for a gentleman who does a food show on Saturday mornings in San Francisco. This Saturday, The host reviewed a restauraunt he had been to. Now normally he gives pretty good reviews. This time he panned the restaraunt. I mean fucking PANNED the place. It was sad. I got calls from people who were so enthused by his panning the place they called up to tell him to stop because they were laughing so hard. They wanted him to do it again because he was so elegant in his panning. And then... We have Harry. Harry...maybe it's just me but...I think you dont like the new verNOW DONT GET ME WRONG i don't want to offend you, but...from reading your article one would think you hated it...but mabye that's just me. Either that or you are having a bit much to drink. But WOW. What a pan. You blasted it. Very cool. Also very juvenile, with almost every version of slang terms for defecation known to man being used (did he say crap? Shmutz? Poop? Poo? Dookie? Butt-loaf? Well, he said shit and various manifestations thereof, so good enough, but one would think a Salon.com writer would have at least used poo or dookie...sheesh.) But perfect. I havent seen the original OR the DVD version (but I ran the month long star-wars line in San Francisco so I AM a film nut THANK YOU VERYFUCKINGMUCH) of this movie but I can say that my review of Harry's reveiw is a 10 of 10. Graci. Now, won't someone please review my review of this review? Thank ya kindly. Jeremy DJ Xevioso

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 2:19 a.m. CST

    The LIVING DEAD and the "Dead" STIR OF ECHOES

    by Damien667

    The first time I saw this film was on a shitty little VideoCD I picked up as some bass-ackwards movie/bookstore. You can't watch it in anything larger than 1/4 of the screen, and it has about seven chapter breaks. It still creeped the shit out of me. The quality is grainy and dark to the point where I played with my contrast and brightness controls on my monitor a full hour before realizing this was the way it was originally shot. The other day at a large, corporate video/bookstore, I saw the nefarous copies of the 30th Anniversary Edition. I picked one up, looked over the features and thought: "Cool!" As if reading my mind, this guy browsing the racks next to me looked over and said: "Don't man. You'll regret it. It sucks-- big time." Usually, I laugh-off weird pissants that say random things about my personal DVD selections; however, this time, I put the thing down. Phew! One disaster narrowly escaped. But I did get into a completely new mess seeing STIR OF ECHOES (and thus relating to all the items I had to talk about in my subject-heading). Damn! What a boring piece of junk. It wasn't crap, as the directing style was fine, but the story was just so boring. I understand that the thing was written back in the late-fifties/sixties-- pre-SHINING or even SIXTH SENSE-- but a film like this is too derivative to be frightening. The scares are predictable and the acting isn't high-caliber enough to overlook the obvious story-line and paper-thin mystery. And honestly, was I really NOT supposed to be able to read those letters on the movie screen? Go see AMERICAN BEAUTY, yes. Rent STIR OF ECHOES . . . O.K., I'm ready for my flames, now.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, and about that Stigmata movie people hate

    by Xevioso2

    K, heres, the deal...I have an M.A. in American religious hidtory. Not to brag but to people who know this shit, Stigmata, despite the crappy reviews others have been giving it, should have been KEPT A BOOK. This is actually a very important Topic about the St. Thomas. gospel. The unfortunate thing is, to do this book justice, you must keep it as a book. You CANT inlcude crap abot a priest/scientist, which exists only in the realm of the nerdy role-player (i.e., d&d, but no offense made) and a vatican conspiracy. If this shit is true, it cannot, under any circumstances, be explaiined in a 2 hour movie. This shit is COMPLICATED and difficult to deal with. There is heavy protestant/catholic theology to be explained, which was not done so adequately. more importantly, you can't use an MTV style of movie-making with this subject . It simply is, really, too difficult to deal with in a film. Now, I know this isn't a place for this film, but it is quite apt, wouldtnt you say? Anyway, the REASON Stigmata is crap, and (HARRY PAY ATTENTION) is because of the theology. In the movie, the "new" message of the "new" Gospel is that Jesus wanted people to to think the church was in all of us; the kingdom of god was in each of us and around us. The catholics (Jonathan Price) were scared of this message so they sought to destroy/supress it. Right? Right? Hello.....um...McFly. Can we say PROTESTANT REVOLTUION? Can we say MARTIN LUTHER? This is what the whole fuckign protestant revolution was ABOUT...the church is not a physical entity that leads us to god but a GUIDE that allows us to reach the kingdom of GOD that is inside us. (IM an atheist by the way). The Catholics and Protestants fough wars about this...ever hear of the Hundred years wars in Europe? It was FOUGHT OVER THE IDEAS IN STIGMATA. And it is SETTLED. The Catholics have their realm, the Protestans theirs (except in stuipid ol' Ireland, crazy Guinness hoagies they). And of course in this stupid ass movie. y girlfriend, who is Chinese, understood NOTHING. If it is an Art House Flick about THEOLOGY, DO BETTER. READ PERRY's history of American religion. READ and FUCKING UNDERSTAND the diifference between Catholics and PROTESTANTS. And why this movie is such BULLSHIT. Jesus H. Christ in a FUCKING Chicken Basket and his Black Brother Harry (No offense, old Southern curse). This movie is bad, NOT because of bad acting, bad screenplay or bad cinetography. The theology is HOLLYWOODIZED beyound belief. And that's what happens with religion in L.A. And take this from a FUCKING GODDAMM JESUS CHRIST ON A CHRISTMAS TREE ATHEIST. More power to ya, Jeremy,aka DJ XEVIOSO

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Info on Night 30

    by Morgus

    Kkrankk, my friend, don't always believe what you read. Romero had NOTHING whatsoever to do with this piece of shit. And he had no say at all in the project. Sadly, he doesn't own the rights to NOtLD. According to him, the issue of who owns the film is a complicated one. All 26 of the film's original investors are still alive, so it's basically owned by all of them. The line coming from the Russo camp, by way of Russ "Johnny" Streiner, is that this 30th Anniversary edition was done to retain the copyright and to protect the film. Here's some of what he said: "Because of the long-standing and wrongful copyright cloud that has shrouded Night of the Living Dead, a certain unscrupulous distributor of low-budget movies took the position and stated both publicly and privately that his company was,

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 3:03 a.m. CST

    thank god

    by Random Task

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Um... I Meant "What Were They Thinking?!"

    by Moriarty

    Excuse my previous posting. I was experimenting with a new mixture of percodan and grain alcohol. Makes me a bit fuzzy. What I meant to say in regards to the 30th Anniversary NOTLD "Special Abortion" is that I could have seen this fucker coming down Broadway, man. John Russo directing new footage to put into Romero's film? Uh-uh. This can't be compared to STAR WARS even if Lucas had lost his damn fool mind and added gay hardcore porn. It would have still been Lucas's film to destroy. This was never Russo's film. I suggest we all act like this never happened, only whispering of it from time to time when we have to warn other geeks off. "Moriarty" out.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 3:51 a.m. CST

    They're planning a sequel

    by Bryan

    There's one thing Harry didn't mention, that I haven't seen mentioned in the talk backs. The reason for that ending is that Russo has been trying for years to make his own sequel series. Apparently it has something to do with zombies having children. Look out. I haven't seen this version yet, but I'm afraid to say I must. Think about Batman and Robin, Harry. You had a pretty good idea it was going to piss you off, right? Well, that's the situation I have here. I have always thought of Russo as the hack who tried to take credit for Romero's work but couldn't make an even halfway watchable movie to save his life. But, of course, I love NOTLD, and I have to find out what they did to my baby. It's like identifying the body, you know. But thanks to Harry's incredible anger I now feel confident that I better find some place renting this and not bother with buying it. It sucks that the "original" version also included has the new score. (Did they really use synthesizers? I believe this calls for swearing. Jesus god damn fucking christ.)

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 4:21 a.m. CST

    John Russo

    by Morgus

    In case anyone is interested in contacting Russo directly with your feeling about this "Special Edition," his company, Market Square Productions, can be reached here: marketsq@usaor.net I'd recommend being civil but honest, but leave that, of course, to your better judgement.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Halloween Restored Limited Edition

    by Parrish

    Check out this DVD to see how a rerelease should be done. Leave the original film intact, restore the picture with a fine tooth comb, and remix the sound in THX. Plus a shitload of extras make this a must-have. Usually I can't stand Harry's editorials, but he's right on the money here. If you want NOTLD on DVD, buy the Elite version - you'll get a superb transfer of the movie the way it was originally intended. And what's the deal with Harry's mother...?

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 5:30 a.m. CST

    No wonder Romero wasn't involved

    by Homer Jay

    I too made the mistake of purchasing this piece of crap. (at least I got it at a greatly discounted rate online) Night Of The Living Dead is probably my favorite film of all time, and I was interested to see these new scenes. OY VEY!! If you want a "special edition" to this film, get ELITE's version!! If you want new scenes to this film, pick up the graphic novel by FANTACO and the epilogue and prologue. The art is done in B&W charcoal and is truly cool. The prologue shows that the cemetery zombie's origin involves the farmhouse, and the epilogue shows the fate of the sherrif-led posse. They are both very cool and keep with the tone of the rest of the story unlike the new "special edition". Any questions, email me at armint64@yahoo.com

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 5:46 a.m. CST

    If you made the mistake of buying this...

    by Parrish

    You can always return it at a Suncoast if there is one nearby. They're not strict on returning an open movie for a different title, so you don't have to be stuck with that piece of crap.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Harry's Mother...

    by Wizard0022

    Just to clarify some of the stuff he was talking about, Harry once wrote about a mass mailing he received that was addressed to his mother, from a consortium of cigarette companies (about why the government's lawsuits directed at them were bad for business, poor tobacco farmers, etc.) The letter came posthumously, and pissed him off because his mother had died from falling asleep in bed with a lit cigarette.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 6:11 a.m. CST

    A show of support

    by BoardStiff

    May I suggest that everyone who purchased the cow chip in question return it to the place of purchase and send the voided receipt to Russo's camp. They need physical proof that the guy's a hack. Plus, it's best to rid yourselves of all evidence and/or reminders of it. I'm now glad I have too little free time (and a 3-year-old) to have watched it. Note to Harry: a blood pressure check mught be a good idea.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Well, here's another fine mess...

    by Khaless

    you saved my ass from! Thanks for the heads up. With halloween fast approaching I was gonna start scoping out a NOTD copy. Now I know which one to avoid like The Blue Oyster bar. Oh well, at least I'll have "Blair Witch Project" around for Halloween. Oh, BTW "Stir of Echoes" was a really good movie. It's definitely worht a look

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Wha...Who...Uh... WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!?!

    by Justin Sane

    Prepare yourself for an all-caps rant: "JUST WHAT IN THE HOLY HELL IS FRIGGIN' WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!!? WHY DO CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE HUMAN RACE DECIDE TO RUIN CLASSICS?!! THEY'RE FINE EXACTLY THE WAY THEY ARE, BONEHEADS, THAT'S WHY THEY'RE CLASSICS!!! THE PUBLIC DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE TREATED THIS WAY, FOOLISH DVD BUYERS DO NOT DESERVE TO BE TREATED THIS WAY, FANS DON'T DESERVE TO BE TREATED THIS WAY, AND CERTAINLY THE FUCKING MOVIE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE TREATED THIS WAY!!! I YELL!!!!!" Thanks for indulging my moment of complete, foaming-at-the-mouth insanity. I love this film almost as much as Harry does (ya gotta admit... the guy's passionate about it), and I am so pissed off that I'd added this Russo jerkoff to my list of People Who Get Hit In The Head Several Times With A Lead Pipe If Ever They Cross My Path. Russo must have some pretty low-rent Yes Men (I suppose they'd have to be low-rent seeing as how Russo is a hack and lacks proper funding) telling him he was right to do this. If I were on the crew (and I assure you I wouldn't be) I would have secretly stolen all of the footage and blown it up after I had relieved myself of a full bladder of Boone's Strawberry Hill on it. In any case, I'm pissed off... I hope Russo makes a public appearance and is pelted with Pet Rocks before someone who is REALLY into Chainsaw Massacre chops him into bits and feeds him to a hungry cannibal family... then again, they might refuse to eat such putrid flesh. I am so mad I no longer know what I'm talking about, but I'll sign off with my new nickname: Justin "PISSED OFF" Sane

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 7:29 a.m. CST

    GIVE 'EM HELL HARRY!

    by Valandil

    What a great way to start my day. Talentless, ego-drunk hacks who rape great things deserve no mercy. Faster, Harrycat! Kill! Kill!

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Revision of Film a la Revision of History

    by Mean Ween

    Watch out folks cause it's a comin'.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 8:20 a.m. CST

    oKAY, SO WHICH VERSION DO i HAVE??

    by letseatcheese

    Okay, I'm confused. I thought I had the 30th anniversary editon of this film? So now your saying I Don't? I'm pretty sure it's the original film and not hacked to pieces like you say, and George Romero defo has something to do with it cause He's on one of the 2 commentaries! Okay? help me. This DVD has 2 commentaries, tv spots, trailers, NIGHT OF THE LIVING BREAD etc on it, and I LIKED it! Maybe its cause I havent seen the film for years. maybe not! Or maybe its diffrent cause it'sa british DVD! Surely you can't be saying that for once, we in Britain got a better version of the DVD?? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! impossible. so what?

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Plus...

    by Parrish

    ...It's not the cigarette company's fault his mother FELL ALSEEP with a lit cigarette! And another thing - EVERYONE knows that cigarettes give you cancer. Get over it. The tobacco companies need to just admit that cigarettes are addictive and bad for you. Then we can just move. Why don't liquor companies get the same kind of flack?

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 9:39 a.m. CST

    And Another Thing...

    by Parrish

    ...Who falls asleep with a lit cigarette, yet never wakes up even as they burn to death? There's something else going on...

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Give em Hell HARRY! We're with you brother 100%!!! My encounte

    by THE TALL MAN

    Harry, thank you very much for your review. It is good to see someone openly, honestly fighting evil in this world. I have refrained from watching this film, I had already seen too many of Russo's filmic abortions - MIDNIGHT 1&2, HEARTSTOPPER etc. I realized from the get go that if GOD HIMSELF came down and pointed the finger of wisdom at John, that this thing would still make SLEEPAWAY camp and RETURN OF THER LIVING DEAD 2 and 3 look like cinematic masterpieces. Russo's petty, thieving, revolting lack of integrity and talent knows no bounds. I was unfortunately one of the attendees at the NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 25TH ANNIVERSARY ZOMBIE JAMBOREE. The idea of this convention had me jazzed to no ends. I'd get to hang with my fellow zombie fans, get a bunch of cast and crew autographs, and get to meet the master himself GEORGE A. ROMERO. Russo was the organizer along with a talentless slime ball name Bob Michelluci - two guys who deserve to rot in hell in perpetual circle jerk for all eternity. John came up with the promo-item the "GOLD PASS". For an extra $25-50 bucks (I can't remember right now) a limited number of people (like 1-200) would be treated to several EXTRA bonus items like a behind the scenes location tour of the MONROEVILLE MALL where they shot DAWN OF THE DEAD actually able to go back into places that the public isn't normally allowed etc. A boat ride around Pittsburgh with Romero and the cast and crew. A special late screening of a pristine print of NOTLD on the big screen in a local theater with cast and crew. ETC. ETC. ETC. Sounds GROOVY no?! Don't you believe it for a second. When we got there I was surprised and disturbed that Russo was trumpeting that also attending the festival would be ADAM WEST! Yeah, BATMAN. What the fuck for, I still have no idea. Other innappropriate guests were DAVID PROWSE and GUNNAR HANSEN. Two guys I loved meeting, but what the fuck were they doing at the NOTLD celebration?! He also had THE BATMOBILE on display? Okay, whatever...I moved on, still giddy at all of the other prospects of the fest. Well, long story short - the "GOLD PASS" sold out of the limited promised "exclusive" 100-200 FAR QUICKER THAN ANYBODY EXPECTED. Hell, who cares if we sold a bunch of these things for like $75.00 promising those people that it was an exclusive pass - these things are selling! So they went ahead and just kept on selling them! FAR MORE, HUNDREDS MORE THAN THEY HAD PROMISED! So many in fact that it was impossible to take the tour of the back corridors of the mall, or hell, TOUR THE MALL AT ALL! This was replaced with several hundred people sitting in the Mall's FOODCOURT (an area that didn't even exist when they shot DAWN OF THE DEAD) and listening to Tom Savini tell the same stories he's told a million times and answer the same questions etc. Then the screening of the film... I understand your zeal with which you attacked this film Harry. You have to make people understand it is FAR beyond their WORST expectations. This pristine print of NOTLD that RUSSO dug out of the dumpster was absolutely THE WORST PRINT OF ANY FILM I HAVE EVER SEEN ANYWHERE!!! HUGE AREAS OF THE SCREEN WERE OBLITERATED, GONE WITH SCRATCHES! Not marred, BUT GONE!!! BLANK!!! The film NEVER got to a watchable level! There were HUGE JUMPS IN ACTION where we'd lose whole SECTIONS of scenes, not just moments. The sound was FULL OF POPS AND CRINKLES. We were promised a pristine print theatrical presentation, we got what looked like the 16mm print that had been shown at every summer camp and college campus SINCE 1968 AFTER RUSSO had dragged it behind his car from a rope. Romero was actually present at the screening, but left just minutes into it, I'm certain embarassed BEYOND WORDS by the constant whoring and thievery of his old friends. The whole festival was a fiasco, and Russo and Michelluci made a bundle ripping off every loyal fan who paid to get in and join in on the "fun". To make the whole thing worse, I had a friend who printed posters. He specialized in officially licensed, beautiful anniversary/commemorative one sheet poster for STAR WARS etc. etc. Partially on my recommendation, I convinced him to license and create an official NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 25th ANN. poster. He made two styles. They were beautiful. Silver and Gold Mylars that weree so nice Christine Forrest came to his table at the end of the con and bought some for her family and friends. The pieces were and are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS paying far more respect and homage to the film than ANYTHING else at the con. The attendance was low and he took a bath on the sales - maybe breaking even at best. That's the breaks, can't blame anybody for the fans not showing up. You pays your money, you takes your chances. HOWEVER, to add insult to injury, Michelluci asked to buy some off of him for a seriously discounted wholesale price. My buddy slashed the price and gave him a huge amount of them for just above cost and agreed to let him pay net 30 days. It was a bill for at least $1000.00 - actually more but my bud doesn't like talking about that whole mess. RUSSO and MICHELUCCI ripped him off. Never sent the money, stopped returning phone calls. What they did do was have much of the cast and crew sign the posters and have advertised them for sale through MARKETPLACE for $300.00 a piece! If they had just sold 4 of the lot of posters, they would have been in the black and able to pay my buddy back. Did my pal pursue it? No. The whole thing stunk of such deceptive, repellantly dirty pool, he just washed his hands of the whole damn thing and vowed to never do business with them again - like many have and even many more will in the future. The guys are crooks. They are thieves. They are vandalls. They deserve every word in these talk backs and every word of venom and bile Harry can muster. You are my new hero Harry - GIVE THEM HELL! Also, if anybody is interested in seeing that beautiful silver mylar NOTLD 25th poster my friend made, I have ANOTHER friend who is selling his on e-bay - he stood in line and got the autographs himself. http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=162004874 He's saving just one of the posters for himself now, the one with ROMERO's signature solely personalized to him. I'm doing the exact same thing myself! Thanks George for the real deal! Great flick man!

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Gay hardcore porn?

    by The Gline

    "This can't be compared to STAR WARS even if Lucas had lost his damn fool mind and added gay hardcore porn." You know, based on what THE PHANTOM MESS turned out like, I'm almost interested in seeing this...

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Re: Shite of the Living Dead

    by themanwithin

    I wholeheartedly agree with your review of the (NEW?) Night of the Living Dead DVD release. How can you cut Ben's part about the tanker? I don't fucking get it. All fucking Russos must fucking hang!

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Star Wars of Horror...

    by Heri Seldon

    Now...ever since I saw "Dawn of the Dead" in Seattle's late, lamented UA 70 theatre (preceeded by the trailer for something called "Alien") it's remained my favorite horror film of all time. Sure, there's Whale, Bava, Hammer's litany, etc...but, like Stephen King's fiction back in the seventies, the film brought horror to MY NEIGHBORHOOD. I frequented a mall...living in the suburbs, I seldom made it to the local farmhouse, so...the mall it was. Flesh eating zombies to my mind at the time, well hey, yeah...IT COULD HAPPEN! The film is, in my humble estimation, the "Empire Strikes Back..." the "Road Warrior..." the "Godfather-Part II" of horror films. So that means I tend to think of "NIGHT" as the MAD MAX, the GODFATHER and yes, maybe even the true "STAR WARS" of horror films. "Night of the Living Dead" was one of the very first prerecorded videotapes I ever owned...one of the first things I bought when I acquired my first VCR in 1980...from MEDA (later MEDIA) home entertainment, once the greatest video company EVER (the first release of HALLOWEEN, anyone?). So...for my very first talkback post...I haven't felt the need or urge to post until now, I have to say...I'm with Harry on this one. EVERY PASSIONATE WORD HE SAID...Russo is nothing less then runoff from a syphlidic whore's douchebag because of what he's done. Unfortunately, I believe "NIGHT" is in the public domain through a strange loophole...which is why Russo could do what he's done...DON'T BLAME GEORGE! THANK GOD I was able to cancel my online order for this title on DVD (The Matrix and Excalibur with Boorman commentary, anyone?) Now...everyone should pre-order the FANTASTIC special edition DVD and Laserdisc of the upcoming release FREE ENTERPRISE, which has a character wearing a DAWN OF THE DEAD t-shirt.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Don't kill it.......it's already dead !

    by RobinP

    Whatever they've done to it this time aroud can't be worse that what Ted Turner did to it when he colorised it !!! The only possible way to watch that version is with the color turned off. Try being surprised at the staggering guy in the cemetary being a zombie when his face is a vivid green anyway, yeah, nice one, Ted ! Sometimes, I think you actually deserve to be married to Hanoi Jane !!!!!

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 11:13 a.m. CST

    DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!!

    by creepykid

    NO seriously, IT SUCKS THAT BAD. I pre ordered the DVD on Amazon before any reviews were posted. As a direct result I posted this review on Amazon's site in hopes that it would prevent others from wasting money on this peice of shit:A viewer , September 10, 1999 Don't even bother. Really. Although his name appears in the credits, George Romero was in no way involved with this project. The new footage doesn't match the original. Despite a mountain of makeup, Bill Hinzman looks much older than his first incarnation of the cemetary zombie. What was he thinking? New cuts and fades, intended to improve the pacing of the film, seem premature and at times omit valuable dialogue. The prologue and epilogue add little importance overall,the main addition being a religious subplot which frames the entire story. Licina's newly recored soundtrack reminds me of bad MIDI files imbedded in somebody's web page. That being said, Night of the Living Dead: 30th Anniversary Edition suffers most from the lack of one person....George A. Romero.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 11:32 a.m. CST

    kkrankk responds: ROMERO NOT GUILTY? PLEASE PROVE IT.

    by kkrankk

    First off, thanks to everyone who emailed directly and via posts to assure me and other readers that Romero had nothing to do with the 30th anniversary edition. I would like that to be true but the Seattle Times reports that although this was Russo's baby, Romero helped conceive it. Note my first post titled "ADDITIONAL INFORMATION." I wasn't there when this scheme was hatched or when contracts were signed; I have to rely on legitimate media for my information. I (and other readers, I'm sure) would appreciate a link to any news article that quotes Romero distancing himself from the 30th anniversary edition. Something along the lines of "I didn't want to do it. They forced me to. It was for the copyright protection. It kills me to see what Russo's done. I'm giving my profits to charity." Until I see something like that I'll have to assume that, at best, Romero was outvoted and is keeping his mouth shut as he goes along for the ride.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Can you say "*&*^%$"

    by Uagain

    Geez, I think Harry hates this remake.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 12:13 p.m. CST

    DVD Clarification

    by Zinema

    Spike wrote: <<<I never thought I would see the day when a video copy was better than the DVD.>>> For the record, there *IS* a superior, beautifully presented, THX-certified DVD special edition of the ORIGINAL, uncut, unfucked-with "Night of the Living Dead" from Elite. It might be out of print (I haven't seen it in stores for a while) so you might want to start looking for it now if you don't already have it. It's very cool -- a bajillion times better than this 30th Anniversary abomination. What's next? Adding blue-skinned Jar Jars to the shopping mall in "Dawn of the Dead?" Indeed -- all of this lucasing must stop!

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Zombies, schmombies!

    by Pisso the Clown

    C'mon, people! Who care about all this zombie jazz when Doug's 1st Movie is now available on video?! You can even this these totally cool Doug toys in McDonald's Happy Meals! I got too much time watching Doug, playing with Doug toys and eating Chicken McNuggets (I call 'em McDougets) to worry about if some dumb zombie movie has been edited or some dumb junk like that. At least they haven't touched my precious Doug's 1st Movie.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Harry must calm down

    by montykins

    <disclaimer: I haven't seen the 30th anniversary version yet> Reading Harry's post, my main reaction wasn't "Good lord, they've butchered a classic! We must march on Washington at once!" My reaction was more like "Good lord, Harry's turned into the biggest jerk in the world!" Seriously, Harry. When you go THAT MUCH overboard, you don't come off like someone whose opinions matter. You come off like an insane person on the bus late at night.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Worst DVD EVER

    by Xquester

    What about that car wreck scene? How many car wrecks have you seen where all passengers died instantly, yet remained in their seats . . . EVEN THOUGH THEY WEREN'T WEARING SEATBELTS! Those zombies were perfectly seated, and then reanimated. What kind of director allows this kind of illogic?

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 12:20 p.m. CST

    THE SCOOP ON HARRY'S MOTHER, ETC.

    by kkrankk

    Okay folks, here's the deal. Look at the left side of the screen. See the small rectangle with the tiny arrow at one end? It probably says "other areas:" inside it. See it? Ever wonder what it is? It's a link to other parts of Harry's site. Click the tiny arrow. You'll see five options: Harry's World, Voices, Museum, Pot Luck and Links. Explore or ignore, but if you want to know about Harry and the source of his pain, click "Harry's World." It's a page of links to Harry's essays; I laughed tears reading "The Day of Mutual Misery." But you probably want to know the stuff about his mother, so ignore Harry's essays for now and go to the bottom of the "Harry's World" page and click the very last link: "Harry Knowles Media Watch." This is an archive of everything the mainstream media has reported about Harry. It's well-organized and you will easily find the link to the Swing magazine article entitled "The Man Who Knew Too Much" in the left column, several inches from the top. Fascinating reading, I promise. For those of you who don't want to wait... ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** His mother left his father to hang on to her family's money, she turned into an alcoholic and died in a bed fire. We can infer she was in a drunken sleep when the fire killed her and that's why she didn't wake up. Tragic, of course. What adult reader hasn't had their own dangerous alcohol-clouded moment? Unfortunately, hers was fatal. There's a lot of other personal information, including eyewitness accounts of Harry's body odor. Hey, nobody's perfect. ****END SPOILERS**** Okay, that's all for now. Hope I was of some help in clearing up some questions.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Too Terrible

    by Doctor13

    I only wish I'd read Harry's review before I bought this DVD. I agree with everything he said. But what astonishes me is when you read the mini interviews with some of the cast members, they go on and on about how "seamless" the new footage blends in with the original footage. WRONG! Supposedly they used the same camera and b&w film stock, but the new footage is so painfully, obviously different. Even with this "pristine" print, the new footage is sharper and the blacks are deeper. It sticks out. There's an added zombie gore scene where a family has driven into a tree, and the wife and children return as zombies then join some other zombies in eating the corpse of the father. This scene appears early in the film, and totally destroys the whole surprise of what the zombies want from humans. We don't know that the zombies are flesheaters until they have the munch-fest in the burnt pickup truck. But if you've never seen the film, the new scene tips the film's hand by letting you know they're cannibals early on. As well as zombies, because in the original version, you see odd people staggering about, but they just look weird. You don't know that they're the returned dead. The new footage shows mangled people with body parts missing walking around, leaving no clue as to what these people are. The new footage and its placement ruin at least two surprises for those who're watching for the first time. The music was DREADFUL, with no sense of dramatic build or drama, in general. Just pecked out on a synthesizer. Truly a dreadful experience. I believe Russo added the Minister character and the ending so he could divert the film's continuity away from the two sequels toward the direction of his two LIVING DEAD novels, "Return of the Living Dead" and "Children of the Living Dead." In the final scene of NOTLD: 30AE, the Minister rails about how the dead must be "spiked." In the opening chapter of Russo's book "Return of the Living Dead," a bus crash has occurred, killed everyone on board, and by the time the cops and the ambulances have arrived, someone has driven iron railroad spikes through the skulls of all the victims. We later find out that a Minister/Priest (the same one?) is the one behind this movement. Truly, truly reprehensible.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Once again Harry proves he is the "master"

    by Mr_Peur

    Or should i say the god of his site ? I dont like the kind of guy who is overwhelmed with emotions when doing a film critic, he always is. He never looks upon a movie with an objective point of view. I dont care about night of the living dead, i saw it once and i didnt like it. I saw Dawn of the dead too and i think this is a great horror movie. Its realy sad to see that Harry can come very low with his fascist menace to ban anyone who wont come straight with his opinions. But after all isnt he the master of this website...? Yeah of course he is... And his big head know that only too much...

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 1:10 p.m. CST

    50th anniversity

    by Stalker

    Well just wait 20 year sand they will re issue it.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Night of the Living Dead- CHANGED?

    by PipsOrcle

    Geez, Harry! I didn't ever think that a newly enhanced version of a classic film would be awful! I mean, there were parts in Star Wars: Special Edition that didn't fit, such as Greedo firing first, but then again, not a WHOLE lot of cuts were done in the SW Trilogy special edition.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I feel So Sorry For Romero.

    by banaad

    My, Romero is such a good director, and how they cannibalized this movie just pisses me off. My Sympathies to George.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Reverend Big Teeth

    by pelenor

    Wow, What a scathing review. I was actually pumped about this movie since I loved the original and actually met "Vlad" at a Comicon here in Chicago. He dresses in the Goth style and tried to be a writer for Chaos comics. ANyhoo, he was at a booth promoting this dreck and I got to talk to him about it and the comic adaptations he was inovolved in adn about the music score. He was very enthusiastic about his accomplishments and well... boy, will he be surprised about this. Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to defend him or Russo for their assinine actions aon what is a great, classic horror movie. Maybe they should of heeded the fans who who I overheard voicing their reservations about destroying a classic. Oh well. GIVE 'EM HELL HARRY!!!!

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 3:03 p.m. CST

    So, what is this?

    by keeper

    They replaced old footage with new one and cut some out... why? I don't get it. If that much of the original is missing... isn't it a completely different thing? Ah, never mind. From the sound of it, this isn't worth it. SO, where's that official announcement of all the casting from LotR? Shouldn't they have that done by now? It's mid September and October is right around the corner.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 3:05 p.m. CST

    NEW "NIGHT" DVD- EATS SHIT! SAVE YOUR BUCKS! DON'T BUY IT!

    by Uncapie

    Oh, and don't bring up Harry's mom. That's something private for the Knowles fanily and that's it. I don't want to know about it, I just want to rant and rave about films. Especially how my producer FUCKED ME last week, so I pulled my project and told him to go FUCK HIMSELF! What would you guys do? I have Christopher Walken, Michael Madsen and Dirk Benedict attached to play detective in my film and this ASSHOLE pulls a fast one on me and says Dirk has to be replaced by RODDY PIPER! Now, I know Roddy is a fine wrestler but, HE'S NO ACTOR, DAMNIT! Then SCHMUCKO PRODUCER couldn't fork over Walken's down payment, because he just bought a brand new MUSTANG(And some whores to go with it.) so he wanted to replace with with his friend, BURT "FUCKING" WARD and replace Madsen with dopey, Michael Pare'! Madsen would beat his ass in a New York minute! I have a RIGHT to piss and moan over all this shit because my start date was going to be OCT. 18th in Austin, Texas! But, now I gotta start all over again and get new backers! Gee, to make a great film with great actors or a shitty film with shitty actors? Where's the integrity?! Ain't no such animal in Hollywood! So, I gotta right to be plenty pissed off and the new "Night of the Living Dead" DVD EATS SHIT!

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 3:14 p.m. CST

    More on Russo...

    by Malla

    Here in Pittsburgh, he's kind of a joke...can't go to any kind of con without seeing his sour face. Locals just walk on by without stopping. To THE TALL MAN; sorry you got sucked into that lame gold pass on the zombie jamboree. I didn't find the con that horrible but I knew from expericence that they would cram everything they could into that con to get the suckas. If you really love Romero's zombies, run away from anything with Russo's fingerprints on it...he will be coattail riding until he's dead.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 4:26 p.m. CST

    That Bad, Eh?

    by Sorcerer

    I was always skeptical about this. I mean, okay, maybe the idea of putting in an original music score was all right, sorta made sense, but... The "origins" of the Cemetery zombie? The cool thing about him was that we didn't even know he was one of the zombies until he got up close to Barbara and attacked her! He was just a tall stranger, slowly coming toward the two... The other cuts are not encouraging. The exposition in this movie was handled just fine; we didn't need it eliminated. The radio broadcasts were close to perfect- convincing, and provided the right amount of exposition. The "additional footage" sounds downright freaky. It's unnatural, it shouldn't be there. And what's this about the reverend being saved? I'm sorry, unless he cut off the infected area, he's joining the undead, "faith" or not. That said, I may rent it as a lark. Yes, I have very low expectations. I hope Romero publically disavows this remix- but it may have curiosity value, sort of a WHAT'S UP TIGER LILY version of the film. Then again, I can't help but be reminded of the "Love Conquers All" cut of BRAZIL....

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 4:35 p.m. CST

    and you think this stinks...

    by gaveltogavel

    Hey Harry, since we're on the topic of lousy movies.... when do we get to stop looking at that dumb ass fawkin swing cat up there? Any day soon? today? tomorrow? NO SWINGING CATS! NONE! NO MORE!

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 4:53 p.m. CST

    I'm first - woohoo!

    by peachtheef

    Wow, I've been reading this website for months, soaking in all the infighting, the passionate debate - and yet I've never been mobed to respond until after I read this review. Wow. I haven't seen Night of the Living Dead since I was little, and I barely remember it - but what's important here is that I've never seen Harry hate anything so much. I almost have to watch both versions now in order to see this, I'm completely intrigued. don't worry though Harry, I promise to hate it every bit as much as you do (I'm waaaay harder to please than you are normally!)

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Um why was my post deleted...

    by Superman#1

    Just wondering, it had no profanity or poking fun at homosexuals. My post was saying how its interesting that AICN has the most unique reviews and that's why its fun to come here because you'd never see Siskel & Ebert give that type of review for any film. I also questioned why Harry would delete anyone's post for liking a movie he didn't such as this, so where's the harm in that?

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Night of the Living Dead

    by sunevian

    Jesus, Harry. I've read your negative reviews before, but this takes the (decomposing) cake! I'm also a BIG GODZILLA-sized fan of the ORIGINAL NOTLD, and simply reading about this worthless (and unnecessary) redux should be a call to arms a la Fahrenheit 451!!!

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Jeez Harry RELAX!!!

    by 1243

    Harry buddy, pal, fellow film buff please dont bring memories of your deceased mum into the discussion. Go ahead and talk about wiping extra shit building up on the back of your balls, but please under no circumstances bring up dead family members into the film discussion. Outside of that, your right fucking on about this "RAPING" of one the classic films of the horror genre. and now Mr. Romero how do you feel about this version of your film??

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Hee hee!!

    by Craigdead

    FANTASTIC RANT Harry!! Couldn't agree more!! And I though I was harsh on the new score! To answer the "Romero innocent?" question, there are currently 3 trustees of the film, and Romero is not one of them. His permission was not needed to make this new version. And I have read interviews way back when this was all just a rumor in which he said that he wouldn't be interested in such a projuect. I invite you all to visit my modest anti-30th edition page. Http://www.angelfire.com/ca4/notld30 Thanks.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 7:39 p.m. CST

    In Defense of Romero...

    by kmcalind

    George Romero graciously allowed this atrocity to happen by not actively speaking out against it, but that was the extent of his participation. He has also been kind enough not to run down his former associates subsequently so that they could make some money off of it. I bought the DVD figuring that it at least had the re-scored version of the original and how bad could that be. Boy did I ever find out. It was painful to sit through. Harry was right on the mark except when he brought his personal tragedies into the discussion and when he criticized the pristine print quality. The Elite THX DVD is very clean and it does not hurt the impact of the film one bit. It is still widely available and continues to be the definitive edition of the movie (well - the Elite laserdisc has a few more supplements, actually). My further rantings on this atrocity are available via alt.video.dvd and alt.horror usenet postings from the last two weeks.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 7:45 p.m. CST

    kkrankk thanks Craigdead very much

    by kkrankk

    Great site. You're a model for the rest of fandom. Readers who're pissed about this 30th AE should visit Craigdead's anti-30th AE site right now.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Doctor's Prescription

    by kmcalind

    Harry - Relax, take deep breaths, good. Now - go out and purchase the Elite DVD of NotLD and the recent DVD SEs of Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street. Watch them. Are you done yet? Great! See - all is right in the world. The sun will come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that...

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Some f*ckhead posted A GOOD REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by wash

    Ckeck this out.... Some dude actually thought the NOTLD SE was excellent!!! Quote: "The DVD is an entirely new experience. Finally, you can see and hear the film the way it was intended. " the link: http://www.lightviews.com/nightofthelivingdeaddvd.htm I want whatever he's smokin'...

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Tigerlillies

    by Qui-Gon Jim

    If you folks out there really want to see the "What's up Tigerlilly" verison of night of the living dead, check out the version that was released a few years back, if you can find it. I can't remember the exact title of the movie, but it was something along the lines of "Day of the dawn of the night of the revenge of the return of the bride of the son of the Mutant Hellbound Flesh Eating Zombies, Pt. 2" I swear I'm not making this up I have a copy. The original "Night" wasn't copywrited so some guys from Jersey redid it with their own dialogue. Some moments, absolutely hilarious, with great running gags about a duck and Tommy the Talking Shotgun, but the interruptions to the film (like Dave eats a donut) are damn annoying. I think you can order this from Film Threat, if you're interested.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 9 p.m. CST

    George Romero and The Dead Trilogy

    by fdc28

    I was kinda of a late bloomer. Im 22 now and I was exposed to Night Of The Living dead for the first time about a year ago. I will state right now I have not seen the DVD version and ive been a regular surfer to Harry's site for almost 18 months.Since seeing The 68 Version Of Night ive massed a sizeable Romero Libary including Memobrilia. Though Night is not my favorite in the trilogy Dawn is im dismayed to hear that they have butchered the film. I understand on a DVD and the reason to buy a DVD is to get a cripser picture but to take away the style of the film. Id love to see a 4th film, id love to see Romero get the recognition he deserves and having his masterpiece besides Dawn Of The Dead butchered like described is not right. I will likely purchase the DVD for my collection because I am a completist and I will sit down and watch it because im a Zombie-fantatic im not sure if there are terms for fans like me. Ill continue to collect Tom Savani,Dario Argento and theItalian King Lucio and his eye gouging scenes and a grudge match between a shark and a Zombie with a naked chick swimming away and I will await new work by Romero and hopefully he will never sell-out to Hollywood to hollywood he is truely a icon and its a sad day when his work is butchered. Harry you are right to be so brutal towards this DVD because we both feel the same towards the movie. Well Until Bub and The Cemetry Zombie take over Siskel and Ebert Make Mine Marvel wait that isnt right:) Anyways Laters all

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Russo comments from '97...

    by

    Back in 97, shortly after the Hollywood Reporter leaked the story of an anniversary update, I ran into John Russo in Pasadena. I asked him (politely) what he was hoping to do in terms of new footage. He mentioned things that 'they always had wanted to do but couldn't.' He mentioned the Beekman's diner sequence that Ben described. He mentioned news reports of other areas to indicate the broader scope of the zombie uprising, and he mentioned showing the zombie with all four limbs amputated. Funny that NONE of these things made it into the finished film. At that point, he said Romero was upset that the story had been leaked, as it was interfering with deals he was working on. I happily thought the project was dead. When I heard that Russop et al had started on their own, minus Romero, I knew we were in for the worst. It was bad enough that Romero was at the point where he had to do a rip off of his own work (and thank God the idiots cut him loose from Resident Evil - they deserve a hack director - and I'd be happy to give them John Russo's number...), but at least that kept him from being involved with a project that never should have happened. And at least one astute commentor noted correctly that this 'new' film, which I prefer to call JOHN RUSSO'S NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, is a setup for John Russo's CHILDREN OF THE DEAD. Which there should be plenty more room to cast his stable of scream queens in. The fact that the people involved in this desecration of a classic honestly believe they've created something of value is what's most disturbing of all. I invite you to read my open letter on JR's NOTLD on my site: http://home.earthlink.net/~resrvordog/notld.html

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 9:38 p.m. CST

    We Had It Comin'....

    by Dolphy

    I think the sucess of the re-vamped Star Wars Trilogy made producers see giant dollar signs. These people don't have any respect for film as "art," they would paint a more modern hairdoo on the Mona Lisa if they thought it would draw bigger crowds. All you people who gave Lucas your 'fetti to see him piss all over his work deserve this NOTLD. Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee, fan-boy. Demand respect for the films you love, don't support these bastardized versions.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 9:52 p.m. CST

    NOTL 30th anniversary and Best Buy

    by fusebox

    Bought it at Best Buy...they don't let you return media except to exchange right? WRONG...i took this thing back and raised all the HELL i could muster and pointed my grubby finger at the cashier and she understood the rage...she took it back...this is rape at it's worst...buy the elite THX version... it is the shit...i will burn that bucktooth fucking cunt that did the so called music myself if i get half the chance...

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Russo Ripped me off too...

    by AI Joe

    It's interesting to see peoples comments on Russo, about how he runs shop. Back to my Low Budget Movie Seminar he gave in Pittsburg, it was nothing more than "Buy Our Shit" promotions (not as bright as I am now, I bought a crap-load of his books and videos, of course his signature isn't worth shit). It was promised that Tom Savini would speak, he didn't even show. It was promised that we would all get a video tape of the seminar, we did not. The only thing cool about it was I got to meet Terry Black, the screenwriter for "Dead Heat" (remember that one? with Joe Pescipo and Treat Williams about the zombie cop). Anyway, it's shock that Russo hasn't changed a bit. Gold passes indeed. Don't bother returning the receipts, just hurl the damn DVD through Market Square Prod. windows. It's above the oyster bar on market square in Pittsburg. Somebody should reduce him to a midnight manager at a Jack in the Box for this. All his movies are not even worthy to be called B-movies. He envisions himself as a Roger Corman-type film maker, but I'd watch a Carrot Top movie first. I'll be happy to scan in the picture of him for public digital distorting (do to his face what he did to NOTLD).

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Please think twice, Harry

    by Kieran

    Before you post an article like this again, please take a moment. Talk to the the people who love you, let them read it first. Now Harry, this is going to sound a little facetious, but I mean this sincerely: I'm a fan of the site, I find much of your writing clever and amusing, I can even tolerate your rabid obsession with scholck horror films, but I must say this, with the best of intentions: Get help. I'm not kidding.

  • Sept. 21, 1999, 12:50 a.m. CST

    holy cow

    by DDFMatt

    I am stunned. I love NTLD, in fact I love the original so much it took me years to sit down and watch Savini's remake. After reading some of these talk back posts telling Harry to calm down and all that bullsh#$%@, I think there is something we're all missing. You may think Harry's hyperbolizing (look it up) with his review, but if you are even the slightest bit of a fan of the original, then just stay away from this new version. Looking over this 30th Anniversary, it brings to mind why is Russo clinging to this movie like a child clings to his parents legs on the first day of kindergarten? It's because NTLD is Russo's only movie and short of adding "you want fries with that?" to his repertoire, this is the only way he can make money. Yes I know he's done other crap, but the fact he keeps returning to this film is like A-ha releasing just one more remix of take on me. We'd all love to see Romero return and do Twilight of the Dead but why should he? If this is the kind of crap that awaits him? I say we all take up a collection and by the rights back to NTLD and give it to Romero for his birthday. Sincerely, Matthew Giaquinto Drop Dead Films http://www.dropdeadfilms.com/

  • Sept. 21, 1999, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Halloween was altered, too

    by ripshin2k

    PlissKen, they DID alter "Halloween" when they first aired it on TV in the early 80s. I think 20 extra minutes were added (newly shot!!), but don't think they took anything away. I assume this is on the DVD. OK, will somebody tell me what they did to "The Shining" on DVD?? Or are you all talking about the remake? Somebody e-mail me with any changes to that movie on DVD. Thanks.

  • Sept. 21, 1999, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Love the review, loathe the faux Brit-speak

    by Frisco

    Thanks for the impassioned warning, Harry, but for the love of God, enough with the pseudo-English! "Wank" and "shite" do not sound cool, they're just lame. And "whilst" should never be uttered by any human anywhere...

  • Sept. 23, 1999, 1:49 p.m. CST

    NOTLD 30th Anniversary

    by cinemafan

    Harry, you are more reverand than that big toothed jackass in the new film. I ,sadly pre-ordered this crap and now and saddled with a worthless DVD and CD, that I will NEVER watch again. I have removed the casing and used it as a double cd holder for a transfer of a lp to cd I have done. May John Russo burn for this crap, and may we all hope he never raises enough money for his "official"sequel-Children of the DEAD. Apparently he plans to use the same crew-composer and all. I guess the one-legged priest in Dawn was right....we must stop the killing-or lose the war.

  • Sept. 24, 1999, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Anchor Bay's next: Army of Darkness

    by kpk

    Both the director and Bruce have commentaries here, but there is a 'director's cut' 15 minutes longer than previously seen... I've cancelled my preorder: may you be equally quick with your review.

  • Sept. 24, 1999, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Jesus!!!!! This sounds really, really bad!!!!!!!!!

    by Jay Jay

    Christ. Why? Why? Why? Why don't they just leave these films the FUCK ALONE!!!!! If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!!!! Harry, great review.Probably the most negative review I have read of anything, ever!!! And it sounds like it fuckin' deserves it too. What's next? A version of Dawn of the Dead with all the scenes in the shopping mall cut out??? FILMAKERS!!!! LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MTFBWY

  • Sept. 25, 1999, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Re: Army of Darkness

    by Veidt

    I'm not sure if the 15 minutes of footage is actually reinstated in the film itself or simply included as extras but even if it is back in the film - it'll be a valid director's cut, not a desecration by ignorant butchers. This is all footage that was originally shot for the film by Raimi (much of which has been seen in the longer version of Army of Darkness that plays on the Sci-Fi network from time to time). So before you have a knee jerk reaction to further "director's cuts" from Elite and Anchor Bay, realize that an abomination like NOTLD is thankfully not the norm.

  • Sept. 25, 1999, 6:51 a.m. CST

    What the hell is with all these direc and producerstors...

    by Alfred Hitchcock

    What the hell is with these damn directors and producers who go back to their films and "fully realize their visions", which basically means they go back and lobotomize the damn thing. I mean, I thought the Star Wars Special Editions were cool, but "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark". That's like calling "The Blues Brothers" "Jake Blues and the Blues Brothers". I know it's pretty small, but if it's so small why's it worth changing. I personally haven't seen this God-awfulling sounding hack job, and now I ain't going to.

  • Sept. 25, 1999, 7:55 a.m. CST

    NOTLD 30th

    by Dr.Mabuse

    Right On Brother! This is the biggest piece of crap I have ever seen - I only watched about 3 minutes and my disc became mysteriously defective. The people who did this should be put down!

  • Sept. 25, 1999, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Re: Army of Darkness

    by Sorcerer

    Don't cancel the order. The new footage is the original ending filmed by Raimi- it's a legit director's cut. I'm forgiving Anchor Bay for this transgression, mainly because they're still the best video company in the business.

  • Sept. 26, 1999, 4:47 p.m. CST

    NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

    by bc1795

    Gee! And I thought i was the only one who felt that way about NOTLD! I'm glad i read your review of the 30th aniversary DVD cause was really close to buying it. But now i can be content with the 25th aniversary edition laser disc I bought a few years back. except for audio comentary and some behind the scenes footage, the film was "cleaned up" and left intact. That's how i want to remember the greatest, scariest apocolyptic horror film ever made.

  • Sept. 30, 1999, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Savini

    by etnabob

    I have nothing to say besides the fact that today I was walking down 5th avenue in Pittsburgh and I walked right past Tom Savini! By the time I noticed it was him, all I could do was grunt like an idiot.

  • Oct. 2, 1999, 2:22 p.m. CST

    NOTLD 30th edition sucks!!!

    by G.A.Thrawn

    Jesus fuckin christ, what the hell was Russo thinking when he decided to relases this shit? The new acting was stiff and unconvincing, the new herds of zombies added nothing, and WHAT THE FUCK WAS UP WITH CUTTING OUT FOOTAGE?! I might've been able to live with this if they had simply added footage. But excising character development is a definite NO NO. If you want a definitive version of Night of the living dead look no further than Elite's 25th anniversary release of the film. They didn't change the fucking soundtrack, hell its in mono for christs sakes. And the fact that romero participated in the commentary shows that he was behind that project. The same commentary is on the 30th edition, but don't be fooled. Its just lifted. Anyway to close, the new version SUCKS!!!

  • Oct. 2, 1999, 7 p.m. CST

    The other Living Dead flicks...

    by Alfred Hitchcock

    Today I watched the other Zombie movies, and they are fantastic. God, I miss horror movies like this. Horror movies that define the term "horror", that are reminescent of those old E.C. comics where the dead would come back and exact revenge on those that betrayed them. (Romero payed straight homage to this in Creep show.) Dawm of the Dead was so well done. It was grueling and gory and gritty. The scene where the SWAT team goes into the projects just set you up for what was going to come. Day of the Dead was utlra-gory and nasty, but was bogged down with a lot of talk. But still, the whole thing was overall enjoying, and was very creepy how much the population had diminished. I don't want to sound like a horror movie geezer, but they don't make 'em like this anymore. Jennifer Love Hewitt running around screaming at an almost laughable menace (a decripid old man in a fisherman's slicker) ain't horror. Let's hope George's Bruiser brings back the chills.

  • Oct. 4, 1999, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Night of the Living Dead

    by TrashcanMan

    I haven't even seen the movie, and I have absolutely no plans to. Just from what I've heard about it, I think Russo should be publicly castrated for taking a big, steaming shit on my favorite movie of all time. Thanx-TCM

  • Dec. 4, 1999, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Rise from the dead, George Romero!

    by thoughts

    George Romero--a wonderful filmmaker--hasn't directed anything but a commercial for years. He has given his Night of the Living Dead remake movie over to a special effects artist with little experience as a director and now this. I can't feel angry at talentless Russo morons for making a trashy horrible movie from NOTLD. That's what talentless morons do. I feel mad at George Romero for letting them.

  • July 5, 2000, 6:48 p.m. CST

    NOTLD 30th ann.. oye ve!

    by Marty1428

    I feel your pain. When I saw the misguided shit that was inprinted on that video tape, I just about lost it.. Reverend Big teeth needs to die, and take John Russo with him... I will have to talk to Tom Savini about this, and see what he thinks... thanks for the chance to say how bad it was to you...

  • July 16, 2000, 4:26 p.m. CST

    NOTLD 30TH ANNIV.

    by mrwilliam

    I HAVE BUT ONE QUESTION TO ASK ABOUT THE REMASTERED HORROR CLASSIC----WHAT THE FUCK WERE THEY THINKING??!!!????!!!

  • Aug. 11, 2000, 2:13 a.m. CST

    George has been raped with a broomstick ...

    by antonio_mnm

    I cannot believe what has been done to my glorious masterpiece by these half-wit retards! It is like someone taking George Romero out into a vacant field and raping him with a broomstick with no Vaseline, and no cab fare! This atrocity is unwatchable and I also feel voilated after viewing this worthless piece of filth. Beastilaity is more enjoyable to watch (not that I ever have watched beastiality ... a friend told me about it ...)! I am currently digging a hole in my neighbor's backyard to bury this piece of shit, and I hope that one day some future scientists don't dig this up and judge our society based on this pile of festering dog vomit! P.S. I really wished that Roger Ebert had the BALLS to keep Harry on the show! Roper? What a joke! That guy is a loser, and Harry is cool!

  • Aug. 14, 2000, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Romero Comments

    by darkknight1

    I went out to Chicago from Detroit to see Romero present his newest film, Bruiser, along with a few of his other movies. At the Q&A session following Monkey Shines I asked him his reaction to this absolutely horrid, godless, vomitous, blasphemous piece of trash. He looked a bit uncomfortable as he said this, "Well... Jack (referring to John Russo) and I are still friends... I promised him that the only thing I would ever say about it is that I didn't like it." He went on to say that he wanted nothing to do with the addition of new scenes. The only thing idea he did like at all was the rescoring of the movie. Just to put to rest the rumors that he was supportive of what I now consider to be the very worst film of all time.

  • Dec. 29, 2000, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Night of the Living Dead 30th Aniversary

    by Nastyboy

    My room-mates bought this piece of garbage for my Birthday. After watching I took it out to my agrage and smashed the shit out of it with my ball-peen hammer just so no other living creature could possibly watch that copy. Boycott John Russo and anything he does. I've heard that he is trying to make more films. Beware.

  • Feb. 26, 2001, 5:38 a.m. CST

    oh do we get along!!!

    by naked and dead

    i wouldn't ask you to believe me for a second if i told you that i liked notld 30th for any reasn at all. it was, as you said, a steaming heap of shit. actually, if i remember correctly, i felt like throwing up at the stench when i first picked it up in the store. i knew there was something wrong with it upon purchase and indeed NOTICED VERY APPARANTLY the problem at hand. as for now, it sits in a cabinet with all my other horror movies only there for show. if any of my friends go through it and ask if notld 30th is a good movie, i punch them. they ask why...but they get punched again. i'm NOT joking. notld 30th is the biggest piece of shit i have ever seen (i watched it once) and i feel staggeringly insulted and scarred for life. i have been a fan of horror (mostly zombies) for almost 12 years now and this movie has seemed to hinder my views on the genre as a whole. are there more devious concoctions of rotted bird corpses and human feces in existence? i would like to know for the soul purpose of finding, stealing and ritually burning the living (or dead) shit out of them. thank you for being one of the only people in the world i can identify with on this subject. hopefully i will be in touch with you on something of a good subject in the future. again, thank you.

  • April 3, 2001, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Fat Boy Fumble

    by leroysmama

    Ha ha, I always enjoy revisiting Harry's little review here. This just sums up how fucking sad that wretched fat man is. If I saw him in the street, I'd punch the fucker in the gut. And those animated cartoons at the top of the page do their best to make him look cute but fuck, look at the guy. He's a pig. No wonder women stay clear of him.

  • June 15, 2001, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Night 30 was a GREAT movie!!

    by Kill of Fatbutts

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!! Fatass Harry Knowles didnt wike Night of da wibbing dead 30th Annibersery! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy! Fatass faggot! Harry you fat shit you're shit as a movie critic! Shit as a web designer! Shit in your mothers dead crispy womb! They're coming to get your fatass Harry! Delete your peice of shit bullshit site full of lies fatass! You cant fool me! I see all! Your fifteen minutes are over TUBBY! Drown your fatass in a tub of Rocky Road!

  • June 22, 2001, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Night of the Living Dead 30th Anniversary

    by JAKEzombie

    Thanks VERY MUCH to whoever wrote that review of NOTLD 30 Anniversary...I have not seen it and am thankful now that I didn't waste 16.00 dollars on it at the video store...to who wrote that cutting, often humerous, but serious article...your suffering was not in vain, because now, thanks to you, many of us fans of George Romero's beloved masterpiece do not have to endure the same terror...it sounds unbearable...I hope no permanent scars are left on your psyche...THANKS VERY MUCH. THE REVIEW REALLY PERSUADED ME NOT TO WATCH OR BUY THE FILM. JAKE

  • July 8, 2001, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Thank you!!!

    by Sam_ZombieKilla

    I would like to give a deep thanks to you for saving me the horrendous pain which clearly eminates from this film. (My statement might have a few big words that the two @$$#@!#'s above jake zombie might not understand) I was seriously considering this film until I heard a few descriptions of it. I was still going to buy it just to see for myself until I saw this sites opinion. At this point if I saw a blind man on the street inadvertantly pick up a copy I would hand him a twenty and chuck the film into heavy traffic. I think anyone that could corrupt something as grand as the original NOtLD is sub-human. And while I'm on the topic of sub human.... The two "people" that I pointed out earlier. Well well well you both seem to have such fasinating lives that you can't help but cast down your all important eyes on this sites owner. Sure he's got a web site that thousands of people visit and enjoy. Of course he's been on television and cameod in a movie or two. But I'm sure the fact thats he's met movie stars and high ranking hollywood officials is pathetic next to your 2nd place softball trophy and your ability to live free of charge in your parents basement. Why Im sure the time you spent online on his site just to bad mouth him and get yourselves kicked was almost below you. I'm also certain that all those women that "can't stand him" are waiting out side your doors. Wait listen ..... is that them?!? Nope just dominos. Oh well next time for sure.

  • July 8, 2001, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Clarification

    by Sam_ZombieKilla

    In my privious note I bad mouthed two reviewers. This was not completely uncalled for. And just so no innocent people take insult, the two reviewers were named Leroysmama and kill of fat butts. These are the @$$#@!#'s I wanted to insult. And should my account be terminated for insulting them it was worth it! In any case LATER HORROR FANS!!!

  • Sept. 6, 2001, 6 p.m. CST

    Awesome!

    by Anthracks

    I just wanted to say that is the single most hilarious thing I have read in a long time, hell, maybe even ever. I haven't seen t his edition, and after this, I think I'll pass. Congratulations on creating the greatest display of unbridled hatred I've ever seen! If only all movie reviewers were as honest and passionate as you...

  • April 4, 2002, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Abomination of the dead

    by dotdman

    Never have a reviewers words been so true. I am a fan of all of Romero&#39;s Dead films and many of his others as well. I currently own 6 copies of Dawn of the Dead, two or three of Night, one of Day, and some various memerobilia. I am ashamed to say that I also own this. First off, this is not a Romero film, this is the Russo vision of a Romero film. All that I can say is that Russo must be damned short sighted. I have viewed it once and have since reverted to the good ol&#39; grainy Goodtimes video presentation of the film. I am preparing to buy the Millinium edition DVD of the film in hopes that it is a properly done DVD and not a hack job like this one. The movie NOTLD is great, the movie 30th Anniversary Edition NOTLD is a piece of shit. I will never watch it again.

  • June 21, 2003, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Your review of NOTLD Spot On

    by WarNord

    bWAH hahahahaha 30th Anniversary sucks.. Sucks bad. I pretty much had the same reaction you did. What the hell were these people thinking? I could not believe how disjointed the "story" became with all of the "enhancements" The "Rosie" waitress with her arm obviously tied behind her eaten stump of a shoulder rode my nerves and so did the mismatched film stock and bad lighting. About the only good thing I've garnered from NOTLD 30th Anniversary is the hilarious review you've posted. :O) Thanks..

  • March 6, 2004, 2:22 a.m. CST

    NOTLD 30th Anniversary DvD

    by AndyPalmer

    How dare you insult a masterpiece like NOTLD 30th Anniversary? O.K. so I'm kidding. All I can say is it takes one of two things to piss on a classic like they did. BIG BIG BALLS OF FUCKING STEEL OR UTTER COMPLETE REDUNDANT FUCKING STUPIDITY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not since "Children of the Living Dead" has a film sucked so much. Bear in mind also that Russo has his hand in the pot of that sparkling little turd. How in the blue-pus-fucking hell does John Russo pay his rent? I have watched after-school specials of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen singing to the elderly that were more entertaining than this massacred piece of shit! Watching this, I realized a mere thirty seconds into the film that what they were doing to this classic movie was the equivalent of trying to shave your five o'clock shadow with a fucking garden weasel and afterward using gasoline instead of Skin Bracer. If brains were a job, John Russo would be on welfare!

  • June 22, 2005, 9:04 p.m. CST

    hello?

    by DocMcCoy

    is anybody there?helloooo?

  • June 23, 2005, 12:15 p.m. CST

    you jerkoff

    by masonman345

    you talk shit about these people and your sitting at home with your sad worthless life and your sad movies and those actors who are apparently "frat rats" are making tons of money, and have enough of it to suply an entire third world country with all the tiolette paper and tampons you perve. you need a reality check dud. first of all your obviously a nerd, youve made that remarkably clear. your a loser for sure, and an idiot. you use your last piece of money on a movie!! all i can say is your an idiot.go eat a used tampon. you made it clear you wanted to

  • June 24, 2005, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Thank you.

    by isisredwizard

    Though some random idiots are on here making blatant fun of you, and proving that they are significantly less intelligent since they can&#39;t even come up with a legitimate reason to do so, I just want to thank you. My fiancee and I are very into Romero movies, and zombie flicks in general. I&#39;ll definitely be letting him know not to buy this one. Oh, and to read your review if he has any questions why. Thanks again! IRW

  • June 26, 2005, 9:54 p.m. CST

    I bought it for 2.99 at blockbustrer 5 years ago....

    by LHombreSiniestro

    Then, after watching the first 15 or so minutes....stopped it...and never watched it again. Then, I taped the ORIGINAL version off of IFC over the turd embedded on the film tape inside of the cassette. Though I wish I did watch the rest...just to see HOW bad it was as a whole.

  • Aug. 6, 2005, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Harry doesn&#39;t know what "frat rat" means (NM)

    by barryap

  • July 21, 2006, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Thanks

    by jobiwan115

    ...for reminding me how pathetic this was. I saw it once on cable somewhere, and hated all the new parts. But until I came across your article, I had forgotten how they had massacred this classic. I share a lot of the emotions you have for NOTLD. Right on, brother!

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 4:50 p.m. CST

    NOTLD 30 years

    by kkosach

    Dude- your "review" cracked me up! Thanks, won&#39;t waste my time. So why am I so late in the game to write you? Well, I&#39;m hoping you&#39;ll also skewer this "new", atrocious attempt at stealing Romero&#39;s story: the dredge known as "NOTLD 3D". The site teases us with gems such as a "new, WHITE, Ben" and that dude who&#39;s seemingly required to be every horror flick now. And "Barb"? Gawd. PLEASE spread the word about this heap like its Venician Space Dust- oh, wait, that&#39;s too 1968, huh? Gotta go...I&#39;m feeling ill.

  • Gold, Harry. Pure fucking gold. It still resonates after all these years.

  • April 19, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    What the fuck happened?

    by Ronnie__Dobbs

    O, how the mighty have fallen. Just like the million dollar man Ted Dibiasi used to say, "Everyone has their price."

  • April 22, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    How can you talk about your mother and sister in that way?

    by flax

    What the fuck is the matter with you? Between this and the BLADE II review, I'm only beginning to scratch the surface of how fucked up you are...

  • Oct. 12, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    How horrible this version was, indeed...

    by jpowell180

    ...I regrettably purchased this crapfest version many years ago, and was instantly angered by how a classic had been raped! I understand that John Russo wanted to get paid, and therefore must milk everything he can from the franchise, but this was just an insult! Many posters here that I've seen wonder how George Romero could allow such an abomination to be made; well, there's not much he could do to stop it, as the work is public domain. Hell, Harry Knowles could sell DVD's of the original cut of this film with his own commentary; in fact, I would probably purchase a copy! Hell, anyone can sell copies of this film, but I still treasure my late-90's Elite DVD version.