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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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Drama | Horror

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Laugh Track: Night of the Living Dead  »

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$114,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Assuming the movie takes place on the spring time change (according to the dialog at the beginning) after the date (December 1966) on the calendar in the house (a reasonable assumption from the condition of the body in the house), the movie begins on the night of 30 April 1967 and ends the next morning, which is May Day. However, for the sequels, George A. Romero has treated the timeline of the Dead saga with a bit of malleability; this "timeslip" often occurs in fictional continuities where much less time has passed in the fictional world than in real life. In the movie novelization of Dawn of the Dead (1978) he notes "The stock market had plummeted way below the lowest point of the Jimmy Carter administration" and refers to an upcoming election. Day of the Dead (1985) features a copy of the novel Salem's Lot by Stephen King, published in 1975, after Night of the Living Dead came out; it seems peculiar that this work still saw publication in a world where "ghouls" actually exist. Diary of the Dead (2007) takes place isochronally with Night of the Living Dead yet features modern computers. Of course, even Night of the Living Dead references technology far advanced than that available at the time of the film's release (i.e. the Venus probe). See more »

Goofs

When the characters are first arguing about whether to stay upstairs or hide in the cellar, the shadow of the boom mic is clearly visible across Ben in one shot. See more »

Quotes

Radio Announcer: Civil defense officials in Cumberland have told newsmen that murder victims show evidence of having been partially devoured by their murderers. Consistent reports from witnesses to the effect that people who acted as if they were in a kind of trance were killing and eating their victims prompted authorities to examine the bodies of some of the victims. Medical authorities in Cumberland have concluded that in all cases, the killers are eating the flesh of the people they kill. And so this ...
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Crazy Credits

There is no on-screen copyright notice, nor any of the usual legal disclaimers typically found in movie credits; this is the main reason the film has been in the public domain since its release. See more »

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Referenced in Southland: Two Gangs (2009) See more »

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Shock/Stormy
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Music by Ib Glindemann
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Horror Classic...
12 February 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Note: There will be a full review of "Night of the Living Dead" coming soon, but until then, here's this, which will probably be deleted after I write a full-lenghth one.

Night of the Living Dead

Classic "zombie movie that started them all" about a young lady visiting a graveyard who seeks refuge in a nearby home with an assortment of various other passersby who find strange creatures attacking them from outside the house. Extremely low-budget and occasionally laughable in terms of flaws, George A. Romero's classic movie is riveting, horrifying and, quite simply, a classic of the genre. The primary inspiration for M. Night Shyamalan's hit film "Signs" (2002). An amazing horror film that proves you don't always need huge budgets and special effects to scare an audience.

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