I really don't think this movie needed remade, but this is still worth watching. Night of the Living Dead was one of the few movies of the 1960s that has stood the test of time, but this updated, color version has much better acting, and a few new twists. The opening scene is fairly similar to that of the original, with Johnny (Bill Moseley) and Barbara (Patricia Tallman) going to visit their mother's grave (rather than their father's). It's a bit more amusing. While they're still coming to get Barbara, this time Johnny adds that "they're horny, they've been dead a long time..." Of course Johnny then gets killed, and Barbara runs off to a house and meets Ben.
The body of the movie is very much the same. They find Mr. Cooper and his wife and child in the basement, along with Tom and his girlfriend. There are several small changes in the plotline however, the main one being that Barbara isn't the wimp she was in the original. The special effects are a lot better also.
I won't spoil the ending, suffice it to say it's a bit different than the original ending. While I'm not a big fan of remakes in general, this one did have George Romero and Tom Savini behind it. The effects were better, and the acting was much better than NOTLD. The subtle changes to the original script are enough to keep you interested even though you already know the story. Overall, I think it's a pretty good film.