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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.



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Karl Hardman ...
Marilyn Eastman ...
Keith Wayne ...
Judith Ridley ...
Kyra Schon ...
Charles Craig ...
S. William Hinzman ...
Zombie (as Bill Heinzman)
George Kosana ...
Frank Doak ...
Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille ...
Field Reporter
Zombie / Posse Member
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Washington Scientist


Barbra and Johnny 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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Pits the dead against the living in a struggle for survival! See more »


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Release Date:

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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Did You Know?


One of the original ideas for the script before its many revisions called for Barbara to be a very strong, charismatic character. Instead, George A. Romero and the producers loved Judith O'Dea's portrayal as a catatonic and terrified young girl much better, and edited the script to accommodate the part. Eventually, the idea of Barbara being a strong, central character would be revisited in Tom Savini's 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead (1990). See more »


The movie takes place in April, but when you see a calendar in the kitchen of the farmhouse over Ben's shoulder it says December. See more »


Ben: Now get the hell down in the cellar. You can be the boss down there, but I'm boss up here!
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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 »


Referenced in Hell of the Living Dead (1980) See more »


Battle to the Death
Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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The king of low budget horror films
24 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The budget was low.The actors were not the top of the heap,yet Night of the Living Dead is a very effective horror film.It was the film that no doubt set the standard for horror films of today.The whole idea of freshly dead corpses returning from the grave to feed on the living makes my hair stand up,even without the movie.I find myself comparing this film with 1999's The Blair Witch Project.They are similar,not in what they are about,but in how they were made.Both films took very little money to make,used no big name actors,and were very successful and effective in presenting their respective stories.Night does get rather gory and disgusting in places,but overall is worthy of the title of "classic".

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