Barbara is a character from George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead and its 1990 remake.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

In the 1968 film, Barbara and her brother arrive

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Barbara (1990)

In the 1990 remake of the film, Barbara heads for her mother's grave in Pennsylvania, located in a remote cemetery. She is accompanied by her brother, who pokes fun at her throughout their trip. Once at the cemetery however, things go from funny to down right nasty when Barbara is attacked by a zombie. Her brother is killed when he hits his head and Barbara runs for her life, attempting to leave with the car, but ultimately hiding out in a nearby farmhouse. There, she crosses paths with Ben who arrived in a truck nearly out of gas.

That night, both she and Ben look around the house and Barbara screams when the door to the basement opens, alarming Ben. They meet up with Judy Rose, Tommy, Harry and Helen Cooper. They begin boarding up the house as well. Though several attempt to get in, Barbara helps in killing off a few while the others find the keys to the lock on the gas pump.



In the original film, Barbara was one who could easily be scared and has been all her life. Her brother however would always scare her, even as an adult, she was still terrified and easily too. When it came to the living dead however, Barbara became even more so terrified, if not, traumatized by what was transpiring. She showed to be slowly breaking down over the course of the film, which is partially why she ended up killed.


The remake film of the 1990s introduced a whole new Barbara, though this one was a bit jittery still, she was not as powerless as before. In fact, Barbara showed that despite the situation she was in, Barbara managed to keep a cool head with Ben's advice. She also showed great efficiency when utilizing firearms such as handguns and rifles, as well as showing serious back bone when speaking up.


  • In the 1968 version, many feminists complain about Barbara being portrayed as powerless.
  • The most famous line in the movie is "They are coming to get you, Barbara", said by her brother.

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