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When I had first sat down to watch Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" (from 1968) - I was all prepared to be totally let down (in a big way) by this amateurish, low-budget zombie picture.
But - Hey! - As the story began to start rolling along and picking up some steam - (Well! - Surprise! Surprise!) - It actually turned out to be a genuinely terrifying movie-experience that (regardless of its noted inadequacies) still managed to hold up (to some degree) 50+ years down the road.
If the viewer is actually willing to not only look beyond "Night of the Living Dead's" low-budget production values - As well as its obviously amateurish direction - Then - I'm certain that they are bound to be drawn into this truly ghoulish story of flesh-eating zombies that (surprisingly enough) still manages to pack a wallop 52 years after its initial release.
Now, I would never say that "Night of the Living Dead" was a bona-fide zombie masterpiece - But, hey! - When you seriously think that this particular picture actually broke new ground (way back in 1968) in the genre of horror - I think that it rightfully deserves some special consideration and due respect for itself..... Don't you??
Best. Zombie movie. Ever. George A Romero's 1968 black-and-white masterpiece is the one that started the zombie movie genre. It was made on a low budget (reportedly $114,000), but the budget limitations and acting abilities of some cast members did not stop Romero from making a very scary, atmospheric horror film.
The plot is simple: a group of people take refuge in a farmhouse when the dead come back to life with a hunger for human flesh. What Romero created with this premise was a wonderful sense of impending doom as the survivors inside the house turn on each other, while outside the house, the ever-growing hordes of the dead are relentless in their attempts to get inside.
It has become a horror classic and is an absolute must-see for zombie fans. Highly recommended.
Written, directed, photographed and edited by indie-filmmaker George A. Romero in 1968, this horror film focuses on seven people trapped in a rural farmhouse in western Pennsylvania while a large and growing group of "living dead" monsters approach to devour them.
Although it sounds somewhat ridiculous, it turns out scary enought to be considered as a cult classic.
(Favorite Movie Quote) - "Mass hysteria? What do they think - We're imagining all of this?"
I'd confidently say that about the only ones who actually played their parts convincingly in this gruesome, low-budget horror film were the living dead, themselves. It's true. (OK. Duane Jones was pretty good, too.)
Even by today's brutal standards of Movie-Horror (over 40 years later), this film's essential power to chill still remains undiminished despite scores of imitations.
Laced with touches of black humor, Night of the Living Dead (NOTLD for short) is an unrelenting shockfest that most definitely deserves its cult status. The shoestring production values of this film only serve to add to its authentic feel.
Since NOTLD was filmed in black and white, the concern about the color of blood was unimportant and so chocolate syrup was used to simulate it. When the zombies were eating the bodies from the burnt out truck, roast ham covered with chocolate sauce was used. (Blech!)
Originally the character of Barbara was meant to be the sole survivor of the zombie attack. The word "zombie" is never once spoken in this film. Instead the living dead were often referred to as "those things".
Anyways - Here's a brief excerpt of Johnny and Barbara's conversation at the beginning of the film -
Johnny - "They're coming for you, Barbara!"
Barbara - "Stop it! You're acting like a child!"
A 1968, flesh-eating zombie movie that has its good points as well as its not-so-good points. Worth seeing because of its time-line in the zombie-movie genre. Contains lots of hilarious, hammy acting and demented dialogue.
This is it boys and ghouls, the grandaddy of all modern zombie flicks and arguably the best. Brilliant B&W cinematography that goes from graveyards to backwoods to cellar stairs, and a creep factor that turns your spine to ice, this is a straight-up horror show which plays on our innate fears of death and dark corners. "They're coming to get you....!"
Director George A Romero redefined the meaning of horror for fear-sated audiences in the 1960s with this seminal classic.
“Night of the Living Dead” is a black and white film starting off with two siblings in a graveyard. Barbra and her brother Johnny have been sent by their mother to visit their father’s grave, but after an encounter with a man who tries to eat Barbra’s flesh, Barbra flees and ends up at an abandoned farmhouse. There, as more ghouls begin to descend upon her, she must team up with other survivors who arrive at the house, and only more tragedies strike as the night wears on.
This film is incredible. Its plot is terrifying and (more so when it first hit theatres – the film was made in 1969) never-before-seen. The script is well written and well thought out too. The characters are all interesting, and while somewhat stereotypical, they are still likeable. The actors did do a good job of bringing their characters to life even though some of their line deliveries and actions are hilariously poor. The setting is wonderful and truly conveys the plot and brings the whole film to life. The farmhouse is cramped and fear-inducing, and enforces the idea that the characters are truly trapped.
“Night of the Living Dead” is considered to be the film that began the zombie apocalypse craze. While it may not live up to today’s standards in terms of terror, acting, and special effects, it is still an incredible film. The author of this review highly recommends “Night of the Living Dead”, and believes it to be suitable for ages twelve and up.
Yep. This is the one, folks, that started the whole messy, flesh-eating, zombie craze 45 long years ago.
And I know that it's kinda weird to say this, but, as low-grade (and, yes, laughable) in every aspect (especially the acting) as this horror movie is, it's essential power to still terrify and chill (even by today's brutal standards) somehow makes it superior to all of the many, many imitators that it's spawned, over all of these many years.
After seeing countless zombie movies in my days, I still personally consider 1968's Night of the Living Dead to be one of the very best zombie movies ever made. I know that really isn't saying too much, but, I think that this is a genre that has just gotten steadily worse, rather than better, over the years, since its original incarnation back in 1968.
And - "Hey! Look! Here comes one of them now!"
It makes one wonder if George Romero had never made this film would we have such series as The walking dead and a whole host of zombie films,books AND such a following of zombie fans.
It’s a classic but super goofy to the point where it was almost kind of funny because it’s so ridiculous!
There coming to get you Barbara........better find your HOMETHEATER. I've always found it better to watch and listen to your movies in a theater like surrounding. Even if it's just mono or two channel stereo sound. This movie is a classic!!! I know this because when Duane Jones was killed at the end i was pissed!!! Not because of race, but his character did so much to help those fools trapped with him in the house. It affected me emotionally which means very good story telling and acting. I give this classic black and white horror flick 5 stars!!! Good story, good zombies, good acting, and the black and white filming fit this film perfectly. Chocolate doughnuts with milk...
Another classic of the genre and a must-see for the true horror fan. While those brought up with the new zombie apocolypse phase we are going through right now may laugh and snicker, this low budget film is genuinely creepy and scary.
The movie that started the Living Dead movie series. Although a low budget movie, it was very well done.