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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 31 October 1968 (Brazil)
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There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt the remain safe from these flesh eating monsters.



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

31 October 1968 (Brazil)  »

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$114,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the writers decided to base the film on zombies, they brainstormed about what would be the most shocking thing for the zombies to do to people and decided on cannibalism. See more »


It becomes a plot point that the farmhouse's cellar only has one entrance, which leads into the living room area. But early in the film when Barbara approaches the farmhouse, an outdoor cellar entrance can be noticed. See more »


[to Harry Cooper after having been locked outside]
Ben: I ought to drag you out there and FEED you to those things!
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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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Music by William Loose and Jack Cookerly
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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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