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Sep 122012

Night Of The Living Dead 3D is one of the more recent remakes of the zombie horror classic. It starts out the same with Barb (Brianna Brown) and her brother Johnny (Ken Ward) going to the cemetery and end up finding zombies. They both escape, but get separated, no thanks to Johnny driving off without Barb.

Barb runs to the mortuary nearby and finds more zombies. Luckily, the owner Gerald Tovar Jr. (Sid Haig) rescues her. However, Tovar bluntly tells her to leave as if she was trespassing on public property.

Even after telling him about the zombies, Tovar still says, “Employees only.” You’ve got to hand it to Sid Haig. He sure knows how to bring comedy to a horror film.

I met Sid Haig at Cult Fiction Drive-In 2011.

Later that night, Barb finds herself at a country road after running for awhile. A young man named Ben (Joshua Des Roches) picks her up and brings her to the Cooper plant farm, where he and the Cooper family are taking refuge. They include Henry Cooper (Greg Travis), his wife Hellie (Johanna Black), their daughter Karen (Alynia Phillips), and Owen (Adam Chambers) the hired hand.

At first it doesn’t seem like they are taking refuge because no one believes Barb about the zombies. Her suggestion is to call the police, but what good would that do?

Here’s something ironic. While Barb explains the zombie situation, the original Night of the Living Dead movie happens to be on TV. What are the odds, right?

The zombies soon arrive at the house. Meanwhile, Henry’s son Tom (Max Williams) and his girlfriend Judy (Cristin Michelle) are making out in the barn. The zombies decide to go after them first because of all the noise they’re making. Neither Tom nor Judy makes it to the house, let alone back in their clothes.

After seeing that awful display, Henry comes to terms with Barb’s idea. “When the dead walk, you got to call the cops.” Unfortunately, the phone is dead along with the cable TV. There are also no cell phones because Henry doesn’t allow them in his house. It’s his house, his rules. What was Henry thinking?

While the others board up the house, Henry and Ben get some guns. All Henry has is a gun holster belt with two pistols, like in the old westerns, which he keeps in a tiny safe. How lame can he get? At least it’s better than nothing.

Later, Tovar arrives at the house and provides answers about the zombie situation. Now that’s what truly makes this version of Night of the Living Dead different. It actually provides a back story behind the zombies.

Barb, Ben, and Tovar manage to escape the house, but run into more zombies. Coincidentally, they are the zombies of Barb’s brother and mother (Marcia Ann Burrs). The surprises don’t end there. There’s also a plot twist that I never would’ve seen coming.

I enjoyed this movie. It stays true to the familiar story line while including plenty of new material. The 3-D effect makes a nice addition to the DVD, but why couldn’t it include the option to watch the film without the 3-D?