Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Article #257 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 11-28-2001
Posting date: 4-13-2002

A group of people find themselves trapped inside a farmhouse fending off an attack of cannibalistic zombies.

Though I’m not necessarily fond of the direction horror movies took as a result of this movie, there is no denying its impact. A lot of the credit goes to George Romero, who got around the low budget by casting an excellent group of actors, and using creative editing to add to the intensity. I love the way we see the characters engaged in their acts of survival while the radio or television, bit by bit, provides a steadily escalating vision of horror about the nature of the ordeal they are undergoing. I also like the air of deadly seriousness; it adds to sense of danger and dread that pervades it. Even if he had never made another movie, this one guaranteed George Romero a place in horror movie history.


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