“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.