I have to give Tom Savini credit, this was not your average Remake. It captures much of the qualities that made the original so wonderful, the spontaneous attack, a fabulously gifted leading man, and a good deal at stake. The direction is nearly flawless, and the newer effects are a welcome addition. Savini even managed, though massively retooling some key characters, to maintain the sociological subtext of the original film. (Take note everyone, when the dead live, we need to work together)
My only problem with the film is that it is only part one of a three part story, and Part One ends too easily. The plot tends to pin every wrong on one character, who, though often wrong in the original film, was only one player in the greater chaos. I like the few changes in the character of Barbra, but, well, let's just say I like the original ending (and its implications) better. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this remake of a classic, if for no other reason than to see an already great story told in a slightly different way.