Night of the Living Dead

"Excellent"

Night of the Living Dead Review


The shuffling zombie with one arm outstretched -- he got his start here on George Romero's groundbreaking horror flick of rampaging zombies and a citizenry that holes up in the hopes of keeping them at bay. The cause for this zombification is typically priceless, courtesy of the Cold War: Radiation from a fa2llen satellite.

Romero does great work with no money to spend -- though the film is quite repetitious and the mindless zombies move so slowly that any half-brained human ought to easily outrun and outmaneuver them. Nonetheless, many humans find themselves outwitted... and the film (along with the very similar Invasion of the Body Snatchers films) has inspired countless imitators and odes, including Assault on Precinct 13 and pretty much any other "We're trapped!" horror flick. Followed by two sequels (the first of which many regard as the best of the series).

The new "Millennium Edition" DVD (produced by quality horror distributor Elite) goes a long way toward redeeming the film for its much-maligned "30th Anniversary Edition," produced only 3 years ago (produced by some cut-rate horror production company) and guilty of savagely re-editing, re-scoring, and generally screwing up a classic. This disc is done right, with a stellar transfer and fabulous Dolby 5.1 sound, plus a ton of extras, including two star-studded commentary tracks. Dig a little deeper for a couple of real gems -- the short film Night of the Living Bread and scenes from Romero's creepy, "lost" film, There's Always Vanilla.

Highly recommended. Followed by Dawn of the Dead.



Night of the Living Dead

Facts and Figures

Run time: 96 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 1st October 1968

Distributed by: Continental Distributing Inc.

Production compaines: Image Ten, Laurel Group, Market Square Productions, Off Color Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Fresh: 50 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 8.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Ben, Judith O'Dea as Barbra, as Harry Cooper, as Helen Cooper, as Tom, as Judy, Kyra Schon as Karen Cooper, Charles Craig as Newscaster / Zombie, S. William Hinzman as Cemetery Zombie, Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille as Field Reporter, George A. Romero as Washington Reporter, as Johnny, John A. Russo as Washington Military Reporter

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