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Tagline : "Thirty years later and they're walking again!"

Children of the Living DeadUgh, what a complete mess! For some reason the producers of the original Night of the Living Dead, John Russo and Bill Hinzeman, decided to make another zombie film and churned out this complete clunker.

To be fair, the film did look quite promising at the start, in which we see a group of sheriff's men and local rednecks taking part in a search and destroy mission, gunning down zombies in the fields surrounding a nearby town. One of the men being none other than Tom Savini (special effects guru and director of the "Night of the Living Dead" remake).

Unfortunately Savini's appearance is confined solely to the films intro, after which the film flashes forward some 14 years to where a group of construction workers are bulldozing the old town cemetery (a small grass field with a few fake tombstones), only to start a new zombie outbreak.

It seems that many years ago a convicted serial killer named Abbot Hayes was murdered in jail, but his body disappeared from the morgue and local legend has it that he still haunts the area. These legends prove to be true as the zombified Hayes, who's been hiding in an old barn close to the construction site, goes around biting the uprooted corpses, turning them into the living dead who subsequently attack the locals. As the walking dead start to mass, the local townsfolk and construction workers find themselves having to take up arms in an attempt to stave off this latest zombie outbreak and get them back to their graves for good.

The film claims to be a sort-of sequel to the original "Night of the Living Dead", although is little more than a rip off, which also steals ideas from "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (the kids in the van near the beginning), "Friday the 13th" (the killer in the barn) and even "Psycho" (the back-story behind zombie killer).

However, the real problem with the film is it's slow, unoriginal and disjointed and by the end you won't really care what happens, just as long as its over. Not content with confusing everyone with 2 separate prologues, the film also keeps jumping forward in stages, plus it seems that nightfall occurs shortly after daybreak on at least one occasion, which really makes you wonder just what the hell is going on.

Whilst this might not be the worst zombie film out there, it's certainly not the best either and is one I can only recommend to the morbidly curious.

Overall Marks : 3/10.

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