People want more zombies so they made Children of the Living Dead. That makes sense. Tom Savini is a genre favorite and make-up artist, he's worked on such films as the original Dawn of the Dead,directed the NOTLD remake, and he has fans who follow his work. His involvement in Children of the Living Dead makes sense. Bill Hinzman played the cemetary zombie in NOTLD, he reprised that role in the fun Flesh Eater, he has fans who appreciate him, and he worked behind the camera on The Crazies. Having him involved in COTLD is another sensible move. John Russo wrote the original NOTLD, provided the story for Return of the Living Dead, and Russo's inclusion on COTLD makes sense too. Savini, Hinzman, and Russo. That's a knock-out combo, but it didn't turn out that way. COTLD is an abomination. It's a total mess and a waste of time and talent.
Say what you like about the 30th Anniversary Edition of NOTLD, but its major fault is that most of the added footage advanced a new plot that doesn't fit at all. None of the Rev Hicks stuff should have been put into NOTLD, but since they were determined to make a sequel they could have taken the mishandled ideas from the 30th Anniversary Edition and expanded on them so they'd make more sense. They could have had Savini handle the make-up or direct, let Russo write the damn thing (the 30th Anniversry Edition shows he's at least got an idea), and hell give Bill a chance to be a zombie again. Why not bring in Debbie Rochon too?All of that would have made some degree of sense, but instead Savini wasn't paid to handle the make-up or direct, Hinzman's beloved zombie was kept off screen, and Russo isn't the writer. Even Santa Claws is entertaining straight to video fare, but not COTLD. They went with a director who is unknown, and a writer that never wrote a horror movie of note, and somebody edited the film together in the most incoherent manner possible! ALL THE LINES ARE DUBBED AWFULLY TOO! None of this makes one bit of sense. The three guys who have entertained us in the past are almost completely left out of the loop. Don't be fooled by the inclusion of their names. Forget this one!