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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

 -  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 her brother Johnny travel by car from Pittsburgh to the countryside to visit the gravestone of their father in the cemetery. Out of the blue, they are attacked by a strange man and Johnny is murdered. Barbra runs and releases the brake of Johnny's car since the keys are in his pocket, and flees to an isolated farmhouse, where she locks herself inside. Barbra is in shock and soon she finds a man, Ben, who is also escaping from the inhuman creatures and he reinforces the doors, windows and openings in the house. He also finds a shotgun and a radio and they learn that the radiation from a satellite that was returning from Venus has somehow reactivated the brain of the dead. Then they find five humans hidden in the basement: Harry Cooper, his wife Helen and their daughter Karen that is sick; and Tom and his girlfriend Judy. Harry has an argument with Ben, since he believes that the basement is the safest place for them and Harry does not agree. Along the night, the tension ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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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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Trivia

The main house did not have a true basement but a dirt potter's cellar, and thus had no long staircase leading down to it. Because of this, the basement scenes were filmed in the editing studio's cellar. See more »

Goofs

Ben finds a pair of shoes and puts them on Barbara's feet, but in the very next shot where she's sitting on the couch, she is not wearing shoes nor are they any in the shot with her. See more »

Quotes

Field Reporter: Chief, if I were surrounded by eight or ten of these things, would I stand a chance with them?
Sheriff McClelland: Well, there's no problem. If you have a gun, shoot 'em in the head. That's a sure way to kill 'em. If you don't, get yourself a club or a torch. Beat 'em or burn 'em. They go up pretty easy.
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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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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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