|Appearance||Night of the Living Dead|
|Status||Deceased (1968 original)|
Alive (1990 remake)
Barbara was one of the people who were trapped by a horde of zombies in a Pennsylvanian farm house during the early stages of the undead apocalypse.
When Barbara and her brother Johnny were children, Johnny would frequently scare her when they visited a Pennsylvanian cemetery.
At the beginning of the undead apocalypse, Johnny and Barbara visit their father's grave in the same cemetery. When Johnny realizes that Barbara is still afraid of the cemetery, he childishly taunts her and exclaims that an approaching man is a zombie. When Barbara walks up to the man - actually a real zombie - to apologize, the man attacks her. When Johnny tries to defend Barbara, the man kills the former and chases Barbara.
Barbara tries to escape in the car (which is on gear), but accidentally crashes it. She escapes to a nearby farmhouse and locks the zombie out. When Barbara sees several more zombies approach the house, and discovers a partially devoured corpse at the top of the stairs, she tries to flee the house. However, outside, she is confronted by Ben, who locks himself and her back in the house from the zombies.
As the two barricade the doors and windows, they exchange stories. When Barbara becomes hysterical and tries to go outside to get Johnny, Ben refuses to let her. This causes Barbara to slap Ben, and Ben hits Barbara in retaliation, unintentionally knocking her out. When Barbara wakes up, she is left in a catatonic state by the recent events which have transpired.
Later, when the power is cut and the zombies begin breaking into the house, Barbara suddenly jumps into action, fending off several zombies who are attacking Helen Cooper. However, Barbara then sees Johnny, now a zombie, enter the house. Stricken with shock and horror, Barbara lowers her defenses long enough for her undead brother to carry her out into the zombie hordes, where Barbara is devoured alive.
1990 remakeEditBarbara's role in the 1990 remake more or less same, but she eventually overcome her fear and became the braver person as the film progresses, which allowed her to survive the ordeal by the end of the film.
At the beginning of the undead apocalypse, Johnny and Barbara visit their mother's grave in the Pennsylvanian cemetery. When Johnny realizes that Barbara is still afraid of the cemetery, he childishly taunts her and exclaims that an approaching man is a zombie. When Barbara walks up to the man to apologize, the man was shakened, muttering "I'm sorry" several times and walked away, much to Johnny's confusion. Suddenly, out from nowhere, a zombie attacks her. When Johnny tries to defend Barbara, the man kills the former and chases Barbara.
Barbara tries to escape in the car (which is on gear), but accidentally crashes it because a second zombie shoes up and tries to devour her along the first one where the one whom killed her brother break through the windshield and during the struggle, deactivates the brake and caused the car crashed on the nearby tree. She escapes to a nearby farmhouse and locks the pursuing zombie out. When she discovers a partially devoured corpse at the top of the stairs, she tries to flee the house just as a zombie entered the unlocked back door another one, whom turned out inside the house shows up.
However outside, Ben, whom coming with his car, rammed the zombie whom killed her brother and exit the car. Ben tries to snap her out from her hysterical state and dragged her back into the house. As Ben killed one of the zombies inside, Barbara, channeled her stress and fear over the recent events which have transpired, attacked the other one with a hooked iron pole, but only succeeded in killing him once she delivers a criplling blow on his brain.
As Ben returns to the house to find things beginning to dissolve into chaos, Harry, whom already gone mad with the situation has wrestled Barbara's gun away from her and is now armed. Unknown to the survivors upstairs, Sarah, whom now became zombie after killed her mother, makes her way upstairs and triggers a shootout between her father, who is trying to protect her, and Ben and Barbara, who are trying to protect themselves. Both Ben and Harry are badly wounded where Barbara managed to shoots Sarah as Harry retreats upstairs to the attic.
Barbara leaves the house alone and attempts to find help after eluding zombies that she encountered. She eventually joins a group of Countryside locals who are clearing the area of the undead. She's awoken the next day and is surrounded by safety of the media and townspeople. Noticing hillbillies playing around with a couple of zombies, she comments on the similarities between the living and the undead. She returns to the farmhouse to find Ben, who died of his wounds and has been reanimated. He gazes at Barbara before being shot in the head by one of the posse members. When Harry emerges from the attic alive, Barbara kills him in a fit of rage for causing Ben to die, and turns to leave the house, telling the vigilantes they have "another one for the fire". The film ends as Barbara hypnotically watches the bodies being burned in the fire.
During the zombie outbreak, Barbara became catatonic and helpless. She also had a fear of cemeteries, and constantly bickered with her brother, Johnny.
Her personality in remake remained same, but her catatonic and helpess state was least worse compared with her counterpart in original film, as Ben managed to comfort her after killed the attacking zombies. Barbara remains solid-minded while everyone else slowly goes mad even with zombies managed to overran the house. She also quite observant, as she stated that everyone can easily outran the zombies due to them being slow by running.
Although, her ordeal also embittered her so much that her faith on humanity cripples, as seen when she watch hillbillies paying with zombies, she stated that the dead and the living are nowhere to be same. She even killed Harry in retribution over his murder on Ben.