The horror genre undoubtedly offers plenty of potential innovation for 3D technology with its regular staples comprising of various weaponry, sexual shenanigans, and stock scares. So, despite the fact, we’ve already been treated to parodied, colourised, re-edited versions and a colour remake of Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, a 3D remake would be the next logical money-spinner for those unscrupulous filmmakers who decide to take advantage of the lax copyrights regarding the original.
The movie dispenses with the original social and political messages of Romero’s zombie output and infuses this version with some crass humour in the form of inane dialogue (“Yeah, call the cops. When the dead walk, you gotta call the cops.”); abundant nudity involving women who were undoubtedly cast for their ability to swing breasts at the camera; and special effects that your average Joe could put together. To make matters worse this DVD release makes use of the inferior red/blue specs (as opposed to magenta/green) that always makes viewing uncomfortable.
The plot gets underway with Barb (Brianna Brown) and brother Johnnie (Ken Ward) getting lost on the way to their aunt’s funeral but upon arriving at the cemetery they are attacked by several zombies. Following a ridiculous encounter with pyrophobic mortician Gerald Tovar, Jr. (Sid Haig) Barb is rescued by passing motorcyclist Ben (Joshua DesRoches) and taken to a remote farmhouse that grows marijuana. Here they encounter the Cooper family: Henry (Greg Travis), Hellie (Johanna Black), daughter Karen (Alyinia Phillips). This time around there’s also some 3D breast thrusting and brief full frontal nudity from Judy (Cristin Michele) and plenty of ass shots of her farmhand lover Tom (Max Williams) to keep ensure that mindless viewers don’t switch off.
Brianna Brown isn’t too bad in the role of feisty Babs, but everything else about this movie is downhill. Sid Haig turns in his worst performance; even his legendary hamming can’t save this one. Jeff Broadstreet’s direction is pedestrian, despite the 3D technology there are absolutely no scenes that utilize the potential of the medium.
At the time of compiling this review there’s already yet another 3D remake of this movie on the way, this time in CCGI, that director/scriptwriter describes will be “an American-style anime.” It can’t be any worse than Broadstreet’s travesty.
Carl T. Ford
Directed by Jeff Broadstreet
English Language / USA / 2006 / 84 minutes / Colour / Rated 15
Region 2 / PAL
A 4Digital Media DVD release
Region 2 (UK)
release date 27th March, 2010
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 3D