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Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Terror (1991) 1 brain1 brainhalf brain
(USA)

The full title of this movie is Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D, but it won't fit in my database field, and I'm not going to increase the size just to fit it in. This actually holds the world record for longest movie title.

I've been wanting to watch this movie since I first heard of it, simply because of the title, but I really didn't know that it was just Romero's Night of the Living Dead with new dialog dubbed over it until a friend recently described it for me. I finally got a hold of a copy and settled down to watch.

There's an odd sort of skill to writing of this type. The dialog is completely inane, but not everyone can write inane dialog that still makes you laugh. Writer/voiceover performer James Riffel (who billed himself as Lowell Mason) takes care to match the intonation of the dialog to the visible expressions and behaviors of the characters, so we get to see the characters argue passionately about what kind of pizza they're going to get (and it works). It helps that Riffel came up with a distinct voice for each character in the movie, even the females (he did them all). Even though you can sort of tell that it's all being done by the same person, you can always tell who's speaking just by the sound of the voice.

While the movie made me laugh, it also made me cringe in some parts, with subtle or overt homophobia and racism. Given that one of Romero's themes in this film was the discussion of racism, I'd like to say that the racism in Riffel's dialog was meant as a satirical commentary on racist attitudes, but I can't quite give Riffel that much credit. The movie is probably also only really enjoyable if you've seen the real movie before. The contrast between what the characters were saying in the original and what they were saying in this version was part of the humor for me. Also, there were jokes that you'll only get if you know what happens later in the film.

Would I recommend it? Yes, if you have a taste for corny humor and the ability to not let the bigoted parts turn you off. Romero's lack of a copyright allowed a lot of things to be done with his film, and this film isn't the worst of them.