REBIRTH aka NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: REBIRTH (2020) Reviews and overview

 

Rebirth is a 2020 American zombie horror film and a modern-day retelling of Night of the Living Dead (1968). “Rebirth will attempt to tackle the human and political topics the original piece is so recognized for and readdress them from a modern angle.” Shot as Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth

Written and directed by Roger Conners (writer of Chill: The Killing Games) The Mouse Nest Productions-Rising Pulse Productions movie also stars Conners alongside Aswan Harris and Alvin Hudson.

Topics acknowledged in the original film such as racial prejudices and government control will be once again brought to the forefront while interjecting the ideas of homophobia and religious influence on modern society.”

What begins as an annual visit to their family grave-site quickly becomes a night of sheer terror as two brothers are unexpectedly forced to fight back against a sudden onslaught of violent assailants.

Soon, eight complete strangers find themselves barricaded inside a rural farmhouse in an attempt to survive against the ever-growing army of murderous creatures outside…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“As well as being both a fun and respectful homage to the original Night of the Living Dead, Rebirth also tackled serious issues which would not usually be addressed in a zombie movie, so horror fans who are prepared for a more challenging watch should definitely seek out Rebirth.” Dread Central

“A profound time capsule of our own ignorance, Rebirth will leave viewers chomping for more. It’s not perfect and it’s rough around the edges, but it was made with love and devotion to the original and one of the better remakes to hit DVD shelves (in the future). You can’t go wrong with a feature that’s daring, pointed and oh so scary and suspenseful.” Horror Society

” …re-imagining such a pillar of the horror genre as Night of the Living Dead is a noble gesture, but it sure does immediately raise the bar to virtually unattainable heights. And this treading of familiar, arguably sacred ground is the biggest obstacle for Rebirth to overcome. But Conners successfully pulls this off, and what begins as a nod to Romero’s classic ends up standing on its own as a thrilling zombie flick.” Nightmarish Conjurings

“It’s an obvious retelling of a beloved classic, but there’s so much more to take away and unpack from Roger’s story. Beyond zombies, it addresses several issues such a government control, racial prejudices, grotesque homophobia in modern-day society. Proving once again that the true monsters are humans and our disease is how we treat other people.” Pop Horror

“The zombie makeup and the various bits of gore are practical effects and nicely done. And we do get plenty of zombies throughout […] Also in common with the original, Rebirth has a few things to say about bigotry and isn’t shy about putting its social commentary out there.” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

Aswan Harris … Ben
Roger Conners … Adam
Alvin Hudson … Reverend Harold Cooper
Rachel Anderson … Helen Cooper
Bradley Michael Arner … Tom
Taylor Nelms … Judy
Jim Strang … George
Hailey Moltz … Karen Cooper
John Chiara … Ricci
RJ Messenger … Johnny
Benny Benzino … Russo
Dan Peters … Vince
Donald Beyer … Cemetery Ghoul
Brad Davis … Groundskeeper Ghoul
Jennifer Anderson … Annette
Daniel Blain Click … Living Room Ghoul
Ron Kalister … Bedroom Ghoul
Robbie Barnes … Sarah Chambers
Pauline Nowakowski … Eileen Priest
Crissy Kolarik … Anne Robertson
Douglas Slygh … Officer Leonard Cross
Skot Pierson … News Reporter

Technical details:

99 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1

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MOVIES and MANIA comment and rating:

The paltry $12,000 budget is clearly evident and the first third is somewhat uneven but once the siege of the farmhouse begins the tension and desperation is racked up considerably. Ironically, director Roger Conners’ own performance is one of the weaker aspects and the villainous character Cooper is somewhat unsubtle. That said, this is a welcome addition to the many NOTLD inspired movies with the zombies’ glowing eyes being a notable feature that will doubtless split horror fans into those in favour and those who mock.