I’m not sure what to say about George Rameroe’s Night of the Living Dead that has not already been said. It is truly a milestone in our fascination with zombies, and even horror in general. The movie is noted for its political and social commentary on the 1960’s American culture of its time and also for its engaging dialoge.
Some of the most dramatic scenes are those with no zombies. One such scene involves the lead role of Ben (Duane Jones) and Barbara (Judith O'Dea) exchanging their accounts that led them to the farm house. Originally a stage actor Duane carries his role well giving such moments intensity and realism. It should also be noted that casting Duane, an African American as the lead role was also controversial for the era.
With a budget of $114,000 the production of the film was forced to be resourceful. Zombies were often played by friends and investors in the film while wearing second hand store clothes. Even though color film was the norm for the time the film was shot in black in white saving money and ultimately adding to the films gritty feel.
Night of the Living Dead is a great film and a must see for anyone into zombies-horror, but like a little substance with it…a little meat on the bone. -MH
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The Night of the Living Dead (1968)