Night of the Living Dead

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Movies
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I’m sure just about any horror fan will tell you that George Romero’s film Night of the Living Dead was a black and white masterpiece that changed the face of horror forever. If you have not seen the film (in which case I am disappointed in you!), here is a synopsis of George Romero’s 1968 classic about people that just won’t stay dead. The film begins with siblings Barbara and Johnny driving to a cemetary where their father is buried. Johnny complains about the 3 hour drive to the cemetary and that they shouldn’t have to do this so often or at all. As they walk over to their father’s grave, Johnny begins to make fun of Barbara for being scared. They are soon attacked by a zombie and Johnny hits his head on a gravestone. As Barbara is running away trying to find help, she finds an empty old farmhouse and locks herself inside. Soon enough, a man named Ben comes by with a truck, but the truck is out of gas. They try to call the police, but the phones won’t work. All they can do is board up the house to make it safe until they can be rescued. They soon find people who have locked themselves in the house’s basement and have a disagreement on whether it is safer to stay on the main floor or in the basement. Among the squabbles and horror waiting for them outside, will anyone in this group survive? Or will they all turn into the living dead?

Night of the Living Dead is a 96 minute black and white film released in 1968. George Romero wrote and directed the film which stars Judith O’Dea and Duane Jones. I would say that it is probably one of the best known films in the entire horror genre. If you call yourself a horror fan and have never seen NOTLD or do not know who George Romero is, maybe you shouldn’t be calling yourself a horror fan as far as I’m concerned.

Anyway, back to the film. Black and white films can be very good or very bad, and with this being an independant film, it turned out much better than people probably expected it to be. It has been remade twice I believe, has had sequels, and I think it began the world’s love of zombie films. Few zombie movies have lived up to Night of the Living Dead. The acting is well done, the zombies are creepy and the ending will leave you surprised and speechless. I definitely didn’t see the ending coming when I saw it for the first time.

Night of the Living Dead gets a 9 out of 10 from me. There are a few little things in the film which do not make it a perfect 10 in my eyes, but it is definitely a great film. If you have never seen NOTLD, please go watch it!


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