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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  1 October 1968 (USA)
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A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Duane Jones ...
Ben
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Karl Hardman ...
Marilyn Eastman ...
Keith Wayne ...
Tom
Judith Ridley ...
Kyra Schon ...
Charles Craig ...
S. William Hinzman ...
Zombie (as Bill Heinzman)
George Kosana ...
Frank Doak ...
Scientist
Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille ...
Field Reporter
...
Zombie / Posse Member
Samuel R. Solito ...
Zombie / Posse Member
Mark Ricci ...
Washington Scientist
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Storyline

Barbra and Tommy visit their father's grave in a remote cemetery when they are suddenly set upon by zombies. Barbra manages to get away and takes refuge in what seems to be an abandoned farm house. She is soon joined by Ben who stopped at the house in need of gas. Beset by the walking dead all around them Ben does his best to secure the doors and windows. The news reports are grim however with creatures returning to life everywhere. Barbra and Ben are surprised when they realize there are 5 people hiding out in the basement: Harry, Helen and Judy Cooper; and a young couple, Tom and Judy. Dissensions sets in almost immediately with Harry Cooper wanting to be in charge. As their situation deteriorates, their chances of surviving the night lessen minute by minute. Written by garykmcd

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They're coming to get you...again! See more »

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Drama | Horror

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1 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Laugh Track: Night of the Living Dead  »

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$114,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While writing the script, George A. Romero and John A. Russo were trying to think of a manner in which to destroy the zombies. Marilyn Eastman joked that they could throw pies in their faces. This is obviously an inspiration for the pie fight scene in this film's sequel, Dawn of the Dead (1978). See more »

Goofs

When Tom, Judy, and Ben set out to gas up the truck, the original cemetery zombie menaces Ben, who sets his jacket on fire. However, when that zombie eventually breaks down the house's front door (with Johnny's help), his suit is in perfect, unburnt condition. See more »

Quotes

Ben: How long have guys you been down there? I could have used some help up here!
Harry Cooper: That's the cellar. It's the safest place.
Ben: You mean you didn't hear the racket I was making up here?
Harry Cooper: How were we supposed to know what was going on? It could have been those things for all we knew!
Ben: That girl was screaming. Surely you know what a girl screaming sounds like? Those things don't make any noise. Anybody would know somebody needed help!
Tom: Look, it's kind of hard to know what's going on from down there.
Harry Cooper: We ...
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Crazy Credits

The credits play over still frames of the hunters dragging Ben out of the house with meat hooks. After the credits, there's a short scene of the hunters setting a pile of zombies on fire. See more »

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Soundtracks

Eerie Heavy Echo (L-1204)
(uncredited)
Music by Spencer Moore
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User Reviews

The film that redefined the horror genre overnight
28 February 1999 | by (Sheffield, England) – See all my reviews

The Shining, The Exorcist and The Omen are all films that owe some of their stylistic approach to this film. This is the film that re-wrote the rules of the horror genre as it went along, whilst acting as both social critique and fond homage to 'The Birds' as well.

Romero set in place a steady breakdown of all our assumptions of the horror film, which he then utilised to full effect through the rest of this film and the two superb sequels that followed.

This is perhaps one of the greatest low budget cult movies ever made, certainly one of the most influential, and in its brutally harrowing documentary style conclusion a harsh statement on American racial attitudes. A statement which is as relevant today as it was over thirty years ago.


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