Ohhh maaaan, haha. There is one movie that totally fits the bill for this! It’s also, sadly, the only scary movie I watched this Halloween season. What has happened to my life?!
If you’ve seen the 1990 version of Night of the Living Dead
, well…you still might not know entirely what I’m talking about, because you don’t know my family and our insane sense of humor. Hehe. I hate to poke fun, because their intentions were good when they remade the movie. They not only wanted to do the original film justice, but also improve upon it and make it more frightening. Instead what they did was create a laugh-fest for me and my family. We can hardly get through the first half-hour of the movie without rewinding various scenes and replaying them ad neauseum
, some in slow motion to get the full hilarious effect. In some cases, we also have to go back to hear what was actually
said, as my friend loves to imitate the lines as
they are being spoken. XD
There’s the blatant shot of a gravestone that bears my father’s name. I think the first time we saw this we all screamed—we still scream now, but it’s more out of tradition. I mean, the first five minutes of the movie entail them driving through a cemetery, but you don’t get a single view of any particular gravestone save for that one. It’s just too coincidental and therefore hysterical. Then there are the unintentionally comical fight scenes with the stunt-double dummies. The original movie didn’t employ dummies so noticeably, which kind of negates their attempt to make this version more realistic and effective. The best way to watch is to slow down these scuffles to truly revel in the beautiful fakeness of it all. I mean, when new!Barbara beats the zombie down with a fire iron, it looks like she’s whacked away at a pool blow-up toy. It’s great! Very cheesy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. :)
And then of course there is the “grunting” zombie, who makes this really funny noise as he’s being rolled out of the house. After rewinding it many times, we determined it’s actually the live person who is making the grunt, but my friend refuses to believe it. I think this scene is the one that’s rewound the most. Seriously, it takes us 45 minutes to watch the first half-hour! After a particular point, though, the “humor” does indeed die down, and the replays become few and far between. All in all, it’s a gruesome, entertaining, and often disturbing remake, and it does have a “happier” ending, if you want to call it that, but man, those opening sequences? Some of the funniest things I’ve ever seen in a not-supposed-to-be-funny horror movie. Classic!
Recommended! Along with the original, duh. ‘Cause, please.