“Night of the Living Dead” stars Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne and Judith Ridley. It’s written and directed by George A Romero (Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Diary of the Dead)
A group of strangers trapped in a farm house must fight flesh eating zombies in hope that a rescue team will find them. Theory is that a satellite returning from Venus was contaminated with radiation that could have the capacity to mutate human beings. Anyone who dies during this crisis will return as zombies, including those who get bitten by one.
Do yourself a favor and don’t just watch this movie, listen very carefully. The dialog creates not only an interesting film, but also a film that stands on its own as what occurs during misguided fear. After four decades, “Night of the Living Dead” not only lives up as the greatest horror film of all time, it is also one of the top 20 greatest films ever made. Given the shoe-string budget this movie was made with, Romero managed to create a well-rounded classic. From the hollow sound to the scratchy picture, it all makes for low-quality perfection.
This is a historical monument in film-making made back in the day, when zombies were scary. One of those rare films where you can actually feel the fear caping your inner thoughts. Most of the dialog relies on the imagination of the viewers. This might make it hard for this generation to be throughly entertained, considering this generation has a hard time using their imagination. I had a grand time picturing the occurrences being explained, rather than actually seeing them happen. This film has style and substance.
I have no complaints about George A. Romero’s directorial debut. This launched the career of one of the most talented film-makers of all time. Although his latest work hasn’t been the best, he created a film that will be praised for years to come and deserves every blood-drenched bow as a courtesy from horror fans. If you haven’t seen this yet, you haven’t seen classic horror.