Night Of The Living Dead

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Night of the Living Dead


English   Country: USA   Year: 1968

Night of the Living Dead


George Romero


Duane Jones




George Romero's classic zombie film. Public domain due to lack of copyright notice. Black & White.


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(Average=4.55 out of 5; Total Number=20)

There Coming To Get You Barbara, There Coming For You!!! (rating=4)

I bought this dvd and i thought it was going to suck, man was I wrong it was a whole lot better than I thought!!! I thought it was going to be another cheesy horror movie, it was a little bit cheesy at parts but it is still a good movie for its time. There is not much blood and gore but its a good scare!!! Buy it, its a good movie.

Nice For The Price-the Must See Zombie Film! (rating=5)

I purchased this DVD around Halloween when it was available for a very low price, and have never been disatisfied. The movie is of course, a classic of the horror genre. Purportedly made for about 100 G's, it was extremely low budget for its time. My friend attests to going to the drive in with a girl when it first came out, and being so riveted to the screen, he never got around to the girl! This surely should be a testament of how incredible this film is, especially for its budget.

NOTLD utilizes in some scenes, purportedly real animal intestines acquired from a local butcher shop. The effect is fantastic!
This DVD has no features aside from a basic scene selection, and is taken from a reasonable and viewable print, but for the price, you get to watch this entire classic from beginning to end for nearly the cost of a rental! How's that grab you?

He Said "They're Coming To Get You Barbara," And They Were (rating=5)

Once upon a time a young girl and her brother traveled three hours from home to place flowers on the grave of their father. The brother started teasing his sister, telling her in a creepy voice, "They're coming to get you, Barbara." However, the joke ended up being on him because they were coming to get Barbara, only they got him first.

I first saw "Night of the Living Dead" when I came home one afternoon and discovered that the Iowa City Public Library Channel on cable was showing the film. I have to admit, I was rather surprised that this cult classic horror film would be on at a time when kids could come home and discover it on television (one of the living dead is naked and they do like to eat human flesh), but Iowa is a state that thinks caucuses are a good way of selecting presidential nominees, so what can I say? But this is a horror movie that is even scary in the daytime with all the lights on.

"The Night of the Living Dead" is a horror classic, which is rather surprising when you take into account that director George A. Romero made the film in 1968 for $114,000 without a cast of first time actors (extras who playing the zombies were paid $1 and a t-shirt that said "I was a zombie on Night of the Living Dead"). Filmed in black and white with Romero as the cinematographer, this film has a technical proficiency that is missing from other low-budget classics like "Dementia 13" and "Carnival of Souls." You can take or leave the various sequels to this film, but this one has to be on everyone's Top 10 list when it comes to horror films.

The horror comes from the situation and the simple effectiveness of the slow moving, silent zombies in their growing numbers, their arms reaching out to find human flesh to eat. Barbara (Judith O'Dea) runs to an abandoned house, where she is joined by Ben (Duane Jones). After fending off the first attack of the living dead, they discover five more people hiding in the basement: Harry Cooper (Karl Hardman), his wife, Helen (Marilyn Eastman), and their daughter (Kyra Schon), along with a young couple, Tom (Keith Wayne) and Judy (Judith Ridley). Harry wants to hide out in the basement, but refuses to be trapped down there, and the two spend more time arguing about what to do than doing anything. They listen to the radio and watch the TV, learning that the dead are rising to eat the living, and try to figure out a way of getting out of the death trap in which they find themselves. Meanwhile, the little girl in the basement is getting weaker.

The only real weakness in the film is the attempt to explain why the dead are walking around as flesh-eating ghouls (which is, I believe, redundant), which has something to do with a satellite and scientific mumbo-jumbo that really does not mean anything to the people trying to survive against the growing horde of zombies. Fortunately, the "why" does not matter in this story; just the "how" in terms of taking these creatures down. Besides, if anything clinches this one it is the end of the film, both with its final twist, and the use of grainy still photographs to show the end of the tale. Few horror movies, whatever their budgets, have an ending this memorable.