View Full Version : The Living Dead Trilogy

06-10-2004, 08:34 PM
w00t! New forums! All rejoice! :D

I'll kickstart this section methinks with a bit of basic Romeroific discussion. Simply put, what's your opinion of each installment in Romero's classic zombified trilogy?

-> Night Of The Living Dead - One of my favorite movies of all time. I loved the creepy atmosphere, the jabs at Cold War-era America, the classic opening scene and the strong, likable hero Ben. I didn't much care for any of the supporting players, but it's but one forgiveable negative in this great horror flick. Sure, it's a bit dated, but it's still surprisingly effective in my opinion, and should be given major props for its influence on the genre alone.

-> Dawn Of The Dead - The king of zombie movies as far as I'm concerned. This sprawling epic is infinitely watchable to me, with its blistering action, extremely likable main characters, raw suspense, biting social satire, a sharp comedic wit that astonishingly mixes very well with the (at times) shocking violence. A horror opus that fires on all cinematic cylinders.

-> Day Of The Dead - Unfortunately, I've only seen half of this closing chapter, and it was the first half, which is supposedly the dullest. What I saw held my interest, but I'm reserving judgment until I finally see the all-out carnage this film is so well known for (I know what happens at the end, but I want to see it in all its bright red glory)

Frank the Tank
06-11-2004, 01:26 AM
Night Of The Living Dead - Very original for it's time. Had a very good atmosphere. The flaws for me were that it was dated, and their were some moments of bad acting and some cheesyness. Their was some unintentional funny moments like when Ben bitch slaped Barbara. Barbara also got on my nerves a few times during the movie. Great opening scene, a tremendous and sad ending. Overall, I'll go with 7.5/10.

Dawn Of The Dead - This is one of the few horror movies I find to be absolutely flawless. Great acting by all, a phenomenal mood of dreadfulness. Some good action, funny comedic moments, an amazing score by Goblin. I loved the social commentary Romero put in the movie. Really good gore, but didn't look as realistic as Day Of The Dead. Overall, I'll give it 10/10. IMO, it's the perfect zombie movie.

Day Of The Dead - This is a flawed, but pretty good movie. Like many have said the pace lagged a lot during the first half. A lot of the characters were also not very likeable and their were really none you could get behind like Ben in the first and Roger and the gang in the second. The good stuff in the movie is the phenomenal score, the realistic and sickening gore during the final 20 minutes, good performances, and Bub who is maybe one of 2 or 3 of the likeable characters. I'll go with 7/10.

06-11-2004, 07:21 AM
notld-a true clasic and i feel a timeless film. the scene where they finally break in is a very taut and claustrophobic scene.
dotd-the greatest horror film ever made. my favorite scene is the truck moving scene. roger is just so insane in that scene.
day of the dead-an underrated classic. love joe pilato and richard liberty in this film, not to mention bub. the greatest gore scenes in any film ever.


06-11-2004, 07:42 AM
Im yet to see day of the dead

Night Of The Living Dead - Great film loved it, had a constant almost paranoid feel about it the whole time. For some reason while I was watching It I felt like I was stuck in another film watching this film.

Dawn Of The Dead - Was good a little bit too much hype about it though, I can understand why so many people like it and that many other films have been inspired by it. I enjoyed it just thaught night was better.

Ted Pikul
06-11-2004, 08:36 AM
I think Dawn Of The Dead is one of the most overrated horror films of all time.

NOTLD is a classic & Day Of The Dead has it's moments but Dawn is just an embarrassment from start to finish.

The social satire just doesn't work & the effects have dated really badly.

I even prefer the remake which at least had no pretensions to be anything other than gory schlock.

06-12-2004, 03:11 AM
man I could write alot in here but I'm going to keep it simple.

NOTLD and Dawn, imo are both flawless. I think Night is way ahead of its time just for the shock value (and being of the first movies to have a strong black lead charcter). This are more then likely my 2 favorite movies.

Day isn't perfect in my eyes but still great, imo the first half is good but there are time s it drags for me (not many). Still great though.

This is without a doubt my favorite horror trilogy.

06-12-2004, 08:45 AM
NOTLD - Is a great film. It did so much for the genre and I really don't know what to say about this film that hasn't already been said.

Dawn of the Dead - Has got to be the most fun of all three of the Dead films. It's my favorite of the three. Roger is my favorite character from all of the films. From his badassness to his craziness to his inevidable demise. Love the guy!

Day of the Dead - Although it's a bit slow it pays off in a big way. Look at all that gore! It's no wonder Savini is as admired as he is among those just starting in the F/X business. The man is pure gold.

06-12-2004, 08:54 AM
DOTD (Dawn) is one of my favorite movies of all time. Possibly the best horror film I've ever seen. Everything that I say would just be a repeat of what has been said already, so I won't say it. The opening 10 minutes is probably the most intense moments I've ever witnessed on screen. Amazing stuff.

06-17-2004, 04:33 PM
i loved return of the living dead it was so gory and funny and awesome it was a cool 7/10 horror bonanza.

06-21-2004, 04:51 AM
I dont know, I thought the original Night of the Living Dead was better than the original Dawn of the Dead... and I thought the remake of Dawn of the Dead was better than the remake of Night of the Living Dead... Regardless all 4 movies (originals and remakes) are awesome horror flicks :)

Genghis Khan
08-13-2004, 07:30 PM
Originally posted by Ted Pikul
I think Dawn Of The Dead is one of the most overrated horror films of all time.

NOTLD is a classic & Day Of The Dead has it's moments but Dawn is just an embarrassment from start to finish.

The social satire just doesn't work & the effects have dated really badly.

I even prefer the remake which at least had no pretensions to be anything other than gory schlock.

Blasphemy! What are you thinking man? You're entitled to your opinion though.Must resist urge to destroy he who dislikes Dawn... :mad:

pyscho dude
08-14-2004, 03:26 PM
Night of the living dead-Atmospheric, great horror film with a dark tone, an original concept, and an awesome ending however it does have some bad dialogue and acting at times. 3/4

Dawn of the dead- One of the best horror movies ever made. Very fun movie that has plenty of gore and some strong social commentary. Great acting and score as well but the zombies aren't the best and at times the score does get a bit too cheezy. 4/4

Day of the dead- What a movie! Totally underrated. Excellent acting, score, makeup effects. Thought provoking dialogue and strong social commentary. Several great quotes and I was never the least bit bored with this film. A masterpiece! My all time favorite film!4/4

10-31-2004, 09:42 AM
Night Of The Living Dead: The best of the trilogy, in my opinion, creepy, scary, and suspenseful. (8/10)

Dawn Of The Dead: Good followup to the original, many think it's better than Night, but I disagree/ (7/10)

Day Of The Dead: Ugh, didn't care for this one too much, mediocre acting and a relationship between a doctor and I zombie I found to be very dumb. (3/10)

11-03-2004, 10:39 AM
All of these movies are awesome. The Dead movies are really big in my little part o the world anyway because a couple were filmed here...the extras in the movies that were filmed here were local residents and people love to talk about it. Night of the Living Dead was filmed here, and all those towns that scroll across the screen on the "t.v. news" on the movie are real towns in this area. Tom Savini is also from here, so any movie with his name in it tends to be watched over and over again. He's our local hero lol. The movies themselves were awesome. ( I didn't see Day of the Dead yet). Night of the Living Dead is my all time favorite horror film. The atmosphere was perfect. I've been to the cemetary it was filmed in, and it freaks me out lol. You just start getting visions of zombies, and it's like wow i so do not wanna be here right now...and omg did i just hear something? lol. Most of the characters weren't really likeable, but they had their own values. Barbara was supposed to be the classic helpless female of the time, Bob was the cold-war era dude...ect. The two characters you really feel sympathy for are Ben and the little girl. Ben a strong black character in a time when that wasn't done, he was compassionate when it was warranted and kicked major ass when it was needed. As I said in another dead thread, i think he would have called out for help in the morning if someone else would have lived. I don't think he felt he deserved to live when noone else had...and he probably didn't believe the zombies would be able to be conquered either. So what's the point? The actor Duane did a kick ass job with this character and I wouldn't change a thing. The little girl is easy to feel sympathy for as well. I mean first off she's a kid? Who doesn't feel bad when some kid is sick and dying? And then she ends up dying and becoming a zombie. It's like damn that poor thang. Plus she was stuck with idiot parents when she was alive lol. Anyways, I think this is just the best movie, and deserves major props , especially for it's time. Dawn of the dead was pretty awesome too. The whole mall thang...I mean who wouldn't want to be stuck in a mall with everything you could ever want...for free? The zombies are kind of a downer tho lol. I mean hard to enjoy your stuff when things are trying to eat you for dinner. Plus the characters were likeable...and had Savini in it woohoooooo. Anyways, therein lies my humble opinions.


07-02-2005, 11:42 AM
Now that it has one more sequel added to the mix I'll make my list as such.

1. Night of the Living Dead
2. Land of the Dead
3. Day of the Dead
4. Dawn of the Dead

07-03-2005, 09:57 AM
Okay, here's my .02 (if anyone cares)

Night of the Living Dead - 8/10: The film that started the genre. Groundbreaking for it's time and impressive considering that it was made on a shoestring budget. The lead role of Ben is very likable but most others in the film are not. The acting is not that great but the cinematogrophy owns. The B&W actually helps to serve the dramatic tension in the film. It's very creepy throughout.

Dawn of the Dead - 10/10: Like many on this thread, this is my all time favorite zombie movie-- ever. From the brutal opening scenes and throughout it's lengthy running time, Dawn always manages to hold your interest. Also the four leads are all extemely likeable so you actually do care very much as to what happens to them. My only criticism would be the dated zombie make-ups. That aside it's as perfect as a zombie film can be. It has the perfect mix of horror, action, comedy and social commentary.

Day of the Dead - 9/10: This much maligned and misunderstood zombie opus is really quite good. Instead of working together to survive it focuses on a group that is already batshit insane at the start of the film and that folds in on itself instead. I think it's a fascinating character study. Yes some of the performances are a little over the top, but therein lies it's charm. Captain Rhodes is my favorite character in the series period! Chock full of the most graphic gore and best zombie make-up FX to ever grace the screen. Tom Savini sure did earn his paycheck in this one.

Night of the Living Dead Remake - 8.5/10: Savini's remake gets the opportunity to improve on George's fantastic concepts with a much bigger budget and better acting. This version is more savagely gory but not as creepy as the original.

Land of the Dead - 7/10: After 20 years, Romero comes back to the genre he created. It has the strongest cast ever used in a Romero zombie film. The story and acting are great stuff, however unlike previous entries Land is set in a fantastical post-apocalyptical setting of a Mad Maxesque fortified city. It doesn't have the framiliarity of the first three and hence just isn't as scary. Also while the social commentary in the film is great it is spoonfed to the audience and not as subtle as previous enties. It just seems rushed in parts and is not nearly long enough with not enough character development. Still-- it looks fantastic and is technically brilliant. Hopefully they can improve it's weaknesses in the next chapter. Bring on the sequel!

07-10-2005, 04:28 AM
Night----Classic horror movie, ahead of its time.
Dawn----Best of the trilogy, Classic also. i never get tired of watching.
Day----UNDERATED!!! Classic just like the rest. the 1rst half of the movie might be a little slow, but when all the zombies invade, it turns into a pumped up, free for all. aw. its unbelievable how great it is when the zombies get in. all the men are being ripped apart. savinis effects in this movie are top notch!

07-10-2005, 12:34 PM
Night: The freakin' Mack Daddy!
Dawn: The other freakin' Mack Daddy
Day: Son of the freakin' Mack Daddys
Land: The return of the freakin' Mack Daddy!

Ohhhhh Right:cool:

07-10-2005, 02:24 PM
Well, here's my review on all the dead movie's I've seen, starting with Romero.

NOTE: I will not be nice on my reviews. These are my honest opinions of each movie. Also, my years may be a little off.

Night of the Living Dead '68 - 9/10 - I would give this movie a eight out of ten because of the cheesy acting at some points, but the fact that it started all kinds of zombie movies adds a point. It was well written and acted. The acting is stupid and overracted at some parts. I have the Anchor Bay collector's edition of this movie with an entirely new score, so the music isn't the original music that we all fell in love with, but it adds creepiness. The color version I only saw the first twenty minutes of, but I loved it. Night of the Living Dead is an all time great.

Dawn of the Dead '78 - 10/10 - The best zombie movie ever made. The lengthyness of this movie I feel is needed due to the character development in it. The gore was over the top at some points (who felt that it looked like Kool-Aid). Savini's zombie effects were the best in this movie - that guy is awesome.

Day of the Dead '79 - ?/10 - Haven't Seen yet.

Night of the Living Dead '90 - 2/10 - Stupidest remake ever. It was the worst piece of rotting decaying garbage ever created. Georger must've bumped his head before he wrote it because it sucked! A monkey could've made a better remake. But, it follows the original movie's plotline better than DOTD '04 did, so that's a point. But, what is it with George Romero and casting a red-hair to play a blonde and not even put a wig on her. And the fact that the black guy died is just so predictable.

Dawn of the Dead '04 - 8/10 - Good movie overall. The plot in this is way different than the first with only a few scenes still in. I do love the fact that original cast members returned to have cameos', that was awesome. It was way bloodier than the original, and it's awesome. That rude, rich guy I thought was the only person I wanted to die. He got on my nerves like the Porsche owning guy in Cellular did.

Land of the Dead '05 - ?/10 - Haven't Seen Yet.

Return of the Dead '85 - 9/10 - Really good but a little too overboard on the nudity. This is a horror movie, not a porno. Well acted and difenatly well written and directed. I really feel sorry for these characters and it got my feeling touchy.

Return Pt. 2 '89 - 10/10 - A sequel exceeds it predessor - not often. It was a better movie than the first, but the two guys from the first return in this ... and healthy(?). Really well written and directed.

Return, Pt. 3 '95 - 0.5/10 - Turn this crap off now! The only good thing was how well the boy cared about the girl. Other than this, this is the worst movie ever made, zombie-wise.

07-10-2005, 11:16 PM
Hey MovieTV-- the Return of the Living Dead series is a knockoff of George Romero's Dead films and has nothing to do with them at all.

07-12-2005, 01:06 AM
Originally posted by Mr-Blonde
Hey MovieTV-- the Return of the Living Dead series is a knockoff of George Romero's Dead films and has nothing to do with them at all.

I do realize that, but I just wanted to post my two cents about that trilogy.

07-22-2005, 05:34 PM
Well this is the ROMERO thread. Just to let you know

04-20-2007, 09:02 PM
Here's my thoughts:

Night of the Living Dead: What can I say that hasn't already been said. This movie pretty much invented zombies as we know them today. The only black and white movie I consider watching. Duane was great as ben.

Dawn of the Dead: My opinion contrasts the general horror publics. I actually couldn't get into this one. Too slow and I didn't much care for the characters. The movie taking place in a shopping mall sounded great but somehow it just fell... flat.

DAY OF THE DEAD: My favorite of the series. Romero knocked it out of the park with this one. It is one of my top ten favorites. Great tension, great gore, and Rhodes is one of the best villains ever. We actually get a zombie to sympathize with in Bub too.

Night of the Living Dead '90: Very good. Barbara's character is more developed and Tony Todd does a HELL of a job in the lead role. I really liked the man.

Dawn of the Dead '04: Thought it was pretty good. Sue me but I thought it was way better than the original.

Land of the Dead: Another great in the series. I like the zombie evolution. Supposedly they are dumber than us but THEY never turn on each other. They always stick together which is more than what you can say for the humans. Big Daddy is another good zombie to root for and I actually liked the character of Charlie. Savini also makes a brief cameo reprising his role from Dawn.

My thoughts in a nutshell. Pretty damn good series overall. Looking forward to Diary of the Dead... but not the Day remake though. Well thats all for now GOoD JOURNEY my fellow schmoes.