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Night of the Living Dead

George A. Romero's disturbing classic 1968 horror film about a zombie epidemic.

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  • May 13, 2009
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What makes this movie work so well is that it relies on real scarry creatures, eerie direction and great use of black and white film while later versions relied on gory special effect body mutilations.
The movie starts right out with a funeral in a grave yard. A man and his sister are visiting their mother's grave and the woman is quite unnerved about being in the graveyard. The man starts to play on her uneasiness saying things like "Barbara, they're coming to get you Barbara." Suddenly up walks a kind of frightening man and her brother than says "here comes one of them now." We the audience still think nothing of it and the brother is still laughing and taunting his sister, when the strange man gets real close and then just starts attacking the brother. We experience real horror as we realize that it is not really a scarry looking man but a kind of zombie. After quickly dispatching her brother, the zombie starts to chase the already shaken Barbara.

What follows is a very tense, well directed chase. Barbara somehow gets away from the man/zombie and makes it to a house. In the house she meets a few people that have taken refuge from the apparent army of zombies that are now walking around the area trying to kill anyone they see.

We then meet the real star of the movie, a black man who serves as the "sane" leader of the refugees giving them direction on how to fortify the house against the attacking zombies.

What follows are many tense moments inside the house as the people argue about what they need to do to surivive.

Don't watch this movie at home alone!

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August 30, 2010
This was a classic for sure and still the best zombie movie ever.
 
May 19, 2009
There have been only 2 horror movies that have ever scared me ; the original version of THE THING when I was 4 and 1/2, and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD when I was considerably older. People talk about the "shock" of the heroine being killed in shower in PSYCHO, well having her go catatonic in NOTLD was pretty effective too.
May 19, 2009
I know what you mean. Your sense of reality is so different when you are little. I remember being scared by a film called Curse of the Doll People. I saw it a few years ago and it was laughable.
May 19, 2009
That WAS a silly one. lol =)
May 20, 2009
You actually saw it? I thought I was the only one on the planet that knew about it :)
May 20, 2009
I've seen a LOT of movies. Although, thankfully, some of them I remember only by title after all these years.
May 21, 2009
I guess you are hinting they were bad. If you may have thought them to be good you could seek them out on Amazon and read some of the reviews to maybe jar your memory.
May 21, 2009
Some things are best left forgotten.
May 21, 2009
Some things are best left forgotten.
 
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review by . October 15, 2011
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**** out of ****     Two siblings, a brother and a sister, visit a cemetery to place a cross and flowers at their father's grave. The sister seems happy just to do it, while the brother complains "I don't even remember what the man looks like!" He also whines about missing church that day, etc.; he is a rather selfish man. The two prepare to leave the cemetery, but not before they notice a strange man walking amongst the tombs of the dead. The distinctive feature is in the way …
review by . July 24, 2010
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What Prompted You to write a Review?   This is possibly one of the best if not the best zombie movie ever made. Night of the living dead will always have a special place in my heart.        How was the Plot, Acting, Direction?   This is the classic story of what happens when the dead arise from the grave in search of live human brains to feed on. It was a very well written story, the acting has a bit of cheese factor but it works for this type of movie.   …
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
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Perhaps one of the greatest horror films ever made and a wonderful example of stylish indie filmmaking. Romero made a zombie movie that defined an entire sub-genre, shocked audiences and critics with its stark realism and violence, and has gone on to become a seminal cult classic. If you're faint of heart, then avoid this film as it is dark, gory, and designed to unnerve viewers. "They're coming to get you, Barbra!"    
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
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a classic, we used to watch this on friday nights when i was in high school.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
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The original zombie movie. Quite a fantastic one also
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
saw it as a kid and it still creeps me out
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
I love it
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
60s version needs more thrill
review by . May 19, 2009
Night of the Living Dead is the one that spawned several sequels (some official others not) and hundreds of knock-offs. The movie takes place in the Pittsburgh countryside. Innocently enough a brother and sister are visiting their father's grave site when they encounter a strange individual. He attacks and kills the brother whilst the sister flees the scene. She stumbles into a country farm house that will later become a house of horrors. Meanwhile a young black man seeks safety inside the house …
review by . October 29, 2008
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In 1968 George A. Romero took the world by storm with an incredibly violent, low-budget, horror film that introduced what would grow to be the modern day interpretation of the living dead (referred to as zombies by most modern day moviegoers). These creatures are the reanimated corpses of the recently deceased, they shuffle, moan and eat the flesh of the living, and the only ways to kill them being incineration and a fatal blow to the head (via gunshot or clubbing). Naturally these aspects would …
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The first film of George A. Romero's Dead series and John Russo's Living Dead series.

John Russo wrote a novelization of the film.

The film is public domain because the filmmakers failed to put a copyright on the original film print.

John Russo produced a 30th Anniversary edition of the film that incorporated newly shot footage, edits and a original soundtrack replacing the previous stock music that was used as a soundtrack.  The new edition also spawned the sequel Children of the Living Dead.

The original budget was $114,000 and it was shot on 35mm.
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Director: George A. Romero
Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 1, 1968
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: Latent Image, Good Times Video, Anchor Bay Entertainment
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