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Johnny is a supporting character in Night of the Living Dead and the brother of Barbra in the film. He was played by Russell Streiner in the original movie and Bill Moseley in the remake.

Plot[]

In 1968, Johnny and his sister Barbra drive to a cemetery in Pittsburgh to visit their deceased father's grave, which Johnny complains about. During the visit, Johnny recalls that he used to scare Barbra in the cemetery. He then begins teasing her again, chanting, "They're coming to get you, Barbra." When he sees a strange man walking through the cemetery, he makes cruel jokes about how the man is going to come after her, not realizing that something is wrong with the man. Annoyed, Barbra walks up to the stranger to apologize for her brother's juvenile behavior, but the stranger attacks her. Johnny rushes to help and fights with the stranger, but he is thrown down, fatally hitting his head on a tombstone. Barbra is forced to run to protect herself from the stranger who continues to pursue her, leaving Johnny behind.

Johnny later appears at the climax of the movie when it is revealed that he died from his injures and became a ghoul. He is part of the group of flesh-eating ghouls that attack the farmhouse where his sister has been hiding in since running from the cemetery. When the ghouls finally break into the house, an undead Johnny attacks his sister through the front door. Barbra, stunned at the sight of her resurrected brother, lowers her defenses long enough for Johnny to carry her out into the horde where she is presumably devoured off-screen.

Trivia[]

  • He appears in the 1990 remake where he is played by Bill Moseley. His story is mostly the same, but at the end of the movie his sister is the only survivor, and helps kill all of the zombies at the farmhouse.
  • Johnny was apparently killed by blunt force trauma. However, his body should have been unable to turn from this cause of death, as it would have fatally damaged the brain; this was shown in Dawn of the Dead, when Stephen killed a zombie via blunt force trauma. It is possible that the blow simply knocked Johnny unconscious, and he later died of another cause.

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