Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Directed by George A. Romero.  Written by Romero and John Russo.  Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman and Kyra Schon.

Plot: a group of people board themselves up inside a farmhouse when they “zombie” apocalypse breaks out

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In 1968, a legend was born and the zombie as we know him today came to fruition.  In this iconic black and white masterpiece (please don’t watch the colored version – it takes something dear away from the viewing), the dead begin to rise and their appetite is for the flesh of the living.  The movie opens with a chilling scene where brother and sister are attacked and divided.  From there, it only gets better,,,or worse…depending on how you look at it.

This film is flooded with greatness.  From the acting to the specials, everything is topnotch.  Some people are likable and some are not, but that’s realistic enough.  It is how people behave after all.  Especially in times of crisis.  There’s just nothing really bad we have to say about this movie.  It’s a classic for a reason.

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Now, I probably don’t have to use the alert, but I will.  If you haven’t seen the movie yet though, you really need to get on it.  It’s an important thing for any true horror fan to see Barbara taken away by her own dead brother.  Life is just cruel.

And although George Romero said that his intention was not to make a political film, it’s what he did.  The lead character is a black man for one.  It’s 1968, George, black men don’t really lead films like this.  Then you have the irony of the black man surviving the whole film only to be killed at the very end by a trigger happy white guy put into a position of power.  Wait.  What year is it?  1968 or 2018?

This movie and it’s “ghouls” does something to a person that can’t be undone.  It really is a must see.  I think even casual fans of the genre should check it out.  You will be pleasantly surprised.

My score: 96.  DJ’s score: 91.

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