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Not Rated
Copyright 1968 Image Ten Inc.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Ben - Our hero, he is deadly with any improvised weapon and displays more common sense than ten of the other characters. Unfortunately shot by an overzealous bunch of zombie hunters.
  • Barbra - Spends most of the film in shock, right after her wits return she ends up the main course.
  • Harry - Wormy little asshole (now there is some verbal imagery) who does not like playing second fiddle to Ben. Ends up with 30-30 bullets in his belly and head, plus Karen gnaws his arm off.
  • Helen - Harry's wife, not a whole lot of love in the marriage. Troweled to death by her daughter.
  • Karen - Harry and Helen's daughter, she was bitten by a zombie and unconscious most of the film until becoming a flesh eating monster.
  • Tom and Judy - Country couple. He is definitely a good old corn fed boy, plus an expert at driving pickup trucks. Both are turned into barbecue.
  • Johnny - Barbra's mean brother, he gets bounced off a gravestone early on and returns as a zombie.
  • Chief McClelland - Leader of the local zombie hunters, he has a belt with some very large bullets in it. (.50 cal?) Odd thing is, they would never fit his rifle.
  • The Zombies - Dead people brought back to life by radiation from Venus.

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The Plot: 

Any horror buff will instantly recognize this film, actually any respectable film buff should. Shot in black and white on a shoestring budget, it defined the modern zombie movie and set the stage for a bloom of Italian horror films.

Barbra and Johnny drive several hours to visit their father's grave. At the cemetery a frightening man attacks, after watching the zombie kill her brother Barbra realizes she still has feet and quickly beats them to an old farmhouse. This is our main setting, normally being confined as such is a warning sign to audiences, but not here. Soon the others are present and between the characters' interactions with each other, the zombies, and their meager sources for information (radio and television) you will never be bored.

The television delivers the only serious goof. Authorities were not organized until after dark, nor did they realize these were zombies until sunset was long past, so the report showing Chief McClelland and his men creates a paradox. Another question, where was the television hidden upstairs? Did the woman who owned the farmhouse unplug and hide it every night in a closet?

Tom, Judy, and Ben make an attempt to refuel the truck so everyone can escape, but after shooting the lock off the pump a stray torch sets the gasoline stream on fire. The truck explodes (providing the zombies with an impromptu cookout) as Ben flees back to the farmhouse and a confrontation with Harry. With the two dominant males at each other's throats the zombies break in. It is a grim ending, among the most depressing ever, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Make sure you bury your parents close to home.
  • Zombies are responsible for most cases of vandalism.
  • Do not mess with some guy who has a tire iron, especially if his adrenaline level is skyrocketing.
  • Funeral clothes are made from polyester.
  • A house is full of scrap wood if you are creative.
  • Zombies are insectivores.
  • Only men are useful in any sort of emergency.
  • Zombies love barbecue.
  • Entrails have the same entertainment qualities as Play Dough.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 8 mins - Yes, yes, you're on the other side of a glass window. I think this zombie was a mime before he died.
  • 10 mins - Barbra is running through rough fields with no shoes on. Can you say ouch?
  • 27 mins - You are wearing an overcoat, no wonder it is hot. Stupid whacked out woman...
  • 52 mins - Not very sturdy as doors go.
  • 59 mins - Radiation is bringing the dead back to life?
  • 76 mins - That is probably a raw cow liver and you sir are the man.
  • 79 mins - Here is the suspect TV footage.
  • 92 mins - Ben, I would not stick my head out that window...

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note nightdead1.wav Johnny: "They're coming to get you Barbra."
Green Music Note nightdead2.wav A radio broadcast about the epidemic.
Green Music Note nightdead3.wav Harry: "You're insane, the cellar's the safest place!"
Ben: "I'm telling you, they can't get in here."
Harry: "And I'm telling you, those things turned over our car."
Green Music Note nightdead4.wav Reporter: "Are they slow moving, Chief?"
Chief McClelland: "Yeah they're dead, they're all messed up."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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I'm coming to get you Barbra.

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Night of the Living Dead
Reply #1. Posted on May 25, 2000, 01:49:24 PM by tyler
This was one of the first movies that really scared me.  The first time I saw it was at noon and it still scared the crap out of me.  Kick ass!
Night of the Living Dead
Reply #2. Posted on May 25, 2000, 04:50:26 PM by
The first movie to start off Romero's Dead Trilogy. My favorite out of the three is Day of the Dead, which probaly everyone would disagree with as to being their pick. The first zombie movie to feature gore. I really liked this movie and the 1990 remake. One of the few remakes that was actually pretty good.
Night of the Living Dead
Reply #3. Posted on May 26, 2000, 11:24:27 AM by Max Levin
This is a firsclass SUCKASS!!! I remember it was the second dead film I saw. The first one was actually the -90 remake! Anyway, it sucks, and I too think that Day of the dead is the best one of them all! You should review that one Andrew! But I suspect youŽll give that one bad critic like everyone else...
I can add to this comment that IŽve seen the whole "dead" series and I, yet, canŽt figure out why everybody prefer Dawn of the dead...
Night of the Living Dead
Reply #4. Posted on May 30, 2000, 12:38:57 AM by Sleff
I've watched this movie at least a hundred times, and it just keeps getting better. My all time favorite viewing situation was explaining the cause of the zombie plague to an inebriated friend who just couldn't understand "radiation from space" as a motivational factor in the dead walking around.
The very first time I saw this one, I was five years old. My older sister forced me to watch every last bit, and I had nightmares for years afterwards. Parents, take note..if you want your kids to end up warped beyond any hope of psychological intervention, try this one on for size.
Night of the Living Dead
Reply #5. Posted on May 31, 2000, 01:30:43 AM by Cullen
One of the greatest horror movies of all time, and it only gets four slimes!  I don't know, man, I really don't... :)

I have never finished watching this movie myself.  Far too intense for my blood.  I did see the remake (all the way through, which is all that needs to be said.)
Night of the Living Dead
Reply #6. Posted on June 07, 2000, 10:11:16 AM by Paul Westbrook
Wow! My favorite late night horror film feature is now listed on this site. There's a lot I can say about Night of the Living Dead. This movie is a classic in every sense of the word. The original inovator of zombie violence, the debut of the walking dead. Probably,the scene I most recall best, is the classic opening scene in the cemetery, where Johnny, the heroine's brother is killed by a zombie(He later becomes one.)My favorite line:"They're coming to get you Barbara"! Forget the remake, this Night of the Living Dead rules.
Night of the Living Dead
Reply #7. Posted on July 16, 2000, 06:52:27 AM by Tony
Quite possibly the scariest movie ever made in my opinion! I first saw this back when I was around 5 years old at a drive-in theator my parents used to go to regularly. Yes, my mom and dad were very big horror fans and they did not mind taking me and my sister to see these kinds of movies, even tho it was probably not the best idea at the time. But suffice to say, I literally cried like a baby that first time I saw it! I actually thought what I was seeing was true and happening at that very moment. I also remember having some very bad nightmares for weeks after that night, where all I would see were zombies out to get me! I really don't blame my parents for what happened, cuz they didn't expect the movie to be so terrifying. But what do you expect with a title like that, a comedy? This is probably the best movie of its kind even tho by today's standards its very low-budget, but after all thats what it was made on. George A. Romero sure didn't know what a phenomenon he created by making this movie! All the zombie lovers out there owe it all to him. Even tho I'm an adult now this movie still manages to scare me s**tless! I dare anybody out there to watch this movie late at night and all alone! I guarrantee you will never be the same! LONG LIVE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD!!!
Night of the Living Dead
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Daniel
I didn't care much for this film when my brother rented it. So I didn't watch it but my brother and sister did. A couple of months later my brother bought a used copy of the movie on DVD. I watched it. My honest opinion? I LOVED IT!!! Even if you hate it, you thank George Romero for making it. Why? Very simple. Without Night of The Living Dead, there would be no Return of The Living Dead, Dead Alive and even the hit video game Resident Evil. I only have three reasons why this film deserves respect and it's already enough! I think this movie should have 5 drops intead of 4. I recommend this film to anybody who wants watch a entertaining horro film.
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