Night of the Living Dead (1968)
At the end of Night of the Living Dead, Barbara is alive, aware of the shortcomings of the zombies that just attacked, and obviously disgusted by humanity. Clearly, sometime between the two films she discovered how the original reanimation occurred and tweaked (or perhaps helped tweak) it to produce far more vicious and versatile undead.
There's nothing in the Night of the Living Dead remake that excludes it from a modern day setting, lots of people drive older cars. The Diary of the Dead takes place during the initial outbreak, hence it could easily be taking place during the remake of the initial film.
Land of the Dead is in-continuity with Diary and Survival rather than with the original trilogy.
For once, a group of Dead
films are made so close together that the styles of the first are not outdated by the time the last comes out. Coincidence?
The Living Dead franchise is so twisted it has formed a Multiversal Cluster.
- We have the "Pure" Continuity: Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985), and Land of the Dead.
- We have the Parody Continuity: Night of the Living Dead (1968) (As an actual film), The Return of the Living Dead, Return of the Living Dead Part II, Return of the Living Dead 3, Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis, and Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave
- We have the Modern Continuity: Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead
- We have the remakes, each supposedly in their own continuity: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead (2004), and Day of the Dead
- We have the Italian Continuity, which are each set in their own continuity: Dawn of the Dead (1978) AKA Zombi, Zombi 2, and Zombi 3D
- We have the "Extended" Italian Continuity, which we don't want to talk about...
- We have the Night of the Living Dead 30th Anniversary Edition recut, and its sequel Children Of The Living Dead
Then we have other unofficial sequel continuities such as Day Of The Dead 2 Contagium, the 2006 remake of the original Night of the Living Dead 3D, and other movies using the "Of the Living Dead/Dead" title suffix such as City of the Living Dead or Flight of the Living Dead, which are not set in the "Pure universe".Whichever of these intersect or are in fact the same continuity is unclear, but what is clear is it's more or less to the point of being Pre-Crisis levels of Continuity Snarl.
The reasoning why I put that is not so much the vehicles and clothing (People in the early 80's, the time I assume these films take take place in, still drove and wore them, especially in small towns.), but it is whole "Shuttle sent to Venus" theory in Night of the Living Dead (1968)
. Even though it was not true, no space craft like that would have been attempted in the 80s, as the Space Race was long over, leading me to think they are set years apart. Those redneck at the end of Night
could have actually killed all of the zombies, but ten years later, they all rise again!
Zombies slowly change color as time goes by.
Notice how some are green, while others are white, and some are even blue. And then there are some that are still human skin colored. Perhaps they gradually change color, depending on how long they have been living".
officer at the dock in Dawn
is Captain Rhodes.
I know this has been said before, but they really are just like each other, and both are played by Joe Pilato.