|violence toward animals||yes|
|X was the real Y||It turns out that human incompetence was the real monster.|
How do you follow up the most successful independent horror movie ever made?
If you are O'Bannon, you fundamentally change Russo's script because Romero already made Dawn of the Dead. I definitely think it would have been interesting to see a serious take on following up Night of the Living Dead by the writer of Alien, but I don't begrudge this decision.
This movie really wants you to know it's a different movie than Dawn of the Dead. Within moments of opening it's already referred to Night of the Living Dead as a movie. Shortly thereafter, the zombies have been unleashed in the dumbest possible way, and there is a woman stripping nude in a graveyard after fantasizing about being devoured.
This is the tone throughout the rest of the film. If you're looking for a cheesy and really 80s horror flick, you should be watching Re-Animator. This movie isn't terrible, but you can probably do better.