Night of the Living Dead
United States of America (US), 1968, 96 minutes, HD
If it doesn't scare you, you're already dead!
Night of the Living Dead Synopsis

When unexpected radiation raises the dead, a microcosm of Average America has to battle flesh-eating zombies in George A. Romero’s landmark cheapie horror film. Siblings Johnny (Russ Streiner) and Barbara (Judith O’Dea) whine and pout their way through a graveside visit in a small Pennsylvania town, but it all takes a turn for the worse when a zombie kills Johnny. Barbara flees to an isolated farmhouse where a group of people are already holed up. Bickering and panic ensue as the group tries to figure out how best to escape, while hoards of undead converge on the house; news reports reveal that fire wards them off, while a local sheriff-led posse discovers that if you “kill the brain, you kill the ghoul.” After a night of immolation and parricide, one survivor is left in the house.


Night of the Living Dead is the progenitor of the contemporary "zombie apocalypse" horror film, and it greatly influenced the modern pop-culture zombie archetype.

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Reviewed by AndersJames12
From the opening zombie encounter, Night of the Living Dead sets itself up as a horror film the likes of which had not been seen before. Beginning innocently enough with... more
From the opening zombie encounter, Night of the Living Dead sets itself up as a horror film the likes of which had not been seen before. Beginning innocently enough with a brother and sister visiting their father’s grave, turns to terror when they’re attacked by a strange figure.\r\n\r\nThe scene goes from chilling to harrowing in a few perfectly executed beats. The stumbling movements of Bill Hinzman, the stark black and white cinematography, the panicked performance of Judith O’Dea, flawless editing and plenty of near misses and close calls make for an intense and memorable opening. \r\n\r\nBut the greatness of Night of the Living Dead is that, following the scene, the film slows, almost to a crawl, as the frightened Barbra finds herself at the farmhouse encountering the group of strangers. The rest takes place over the course of a single night as the party decides how to best proceed. The finale is a shocking and disturbing gore fest as the zombie hoard can’t be held back any longer. As much about the characters as the threat facing them, Night of the Living Dead perfectly maintains a tense atmosphere throughout and certainly deserves its place as a classic of the genre.
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Reviewed by Samueldtodd
“They’re coming to get you Barbra”. What would the world be today without Night of the Living Dead? For writing the zombie rulebook alone it has cemented its place in... more
“They’re coming to get you Barbra”. What would the world be today without Night of the Living Dead? For writing the zombie rulebook alone it has cemented its place in cinema history. Since Night, zombie films have been made in their droves, and certainly have have been scarier films, funnier ones, gorier ones and more politically minded ones, but none are as foreboding and well-rounded as Romero’s original. The plot is a simple one, but the blueprint from which all future zombie flicks would be based. A disparate group of strangers hold up in a farmhouse to attempt to survive the forthcoming apocalypse when the dead come back to life with a taste for human flesh. But to only recognise it for ushering in the zombie phenomenon is to do Romero a grave disservice, as, despite some slow pacing and third-rate performances, it remains a harrowing, piece of horror, a triumph of indie filmmaking and an important social commentary that’s lost none of its bite 50 years later.
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  • Classic ! Set up the path for numerous zombie films to come

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