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as of: 09/26/04

Night of the Living Dead (1968)



out of 10


George A. Romero


Duane Jones
Judith O'Dea
Karl Hardman


This is my favorite horror movie of all time. The first time I saw Romero's masterpiece I was in grade school flipping through the channels on Halloween night trying to find the best horror movie I could. Imagine my surprise when I stopped on the local St. Louis PBS channel and saw a naked zombie woman! Apparently PBS was showing the film uncut, and I will be ever grateful to them for that. Like some of the other classics, the story of Night of the Living Dead is well known. A black man and a white woman are stuck in an abandoned farmhouse while the newly risen dead rise from the ground and attack them. Soon others join them, but the tension inside the house threatens to destroy them all almost more than the zombies who are trying to get in from the outside. The film was low budget, and it was shot in black and white. As others have stated, this makes NOTLD look almost like a documentary, and adds to the sense that this really happened somewhere. This is the granddaddy of all Zombie films, and I'm a huge fan of that sub-genre. This movie is required viewing for me every Halloween. And you will want to be sure to be careful when buying one of the numerous versions out there. The Millennium Edition offered above is generally considered to be the best DVD of the film available. The print quality is excellent and the disc offers many extras.

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