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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | | Horror | 4 October 1968 (USA)
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 to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters.

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Ben
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Tom
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Judy
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Charles Craig ...
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Zombie (as Bill Heinzman)
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Frank Doak ...
Scientist
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Field Reporter (as Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille)
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Samuel R. Solito ...
Zombie / Posse Member
Mark Ricci ...
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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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4 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Laugh Track: Night of the Living Dead  »

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$114,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,452 (North America) (15 October 2017)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

200 extras were cast in the parts of townspeople and zombies. See more »

Goofs

After Tom and Judy get into the truck, there's a shot of Ben standing next to it, fending off the zombies with a torch. In that shot, the backs of two persons' heads are visible inside the truck - both male, and obviously neither Tom nor Judy. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Barbara: They ought to make the day the time changes the first day of summer.
Johnny: What?
Barbara: Well it's eight o' clock and it's still light.
Johnny: A lot of god the extra daylight does us, you know we've still got a three hour drive back, we're not going to be home until after midnight.
Barbara: Well, if it really bugged you, Johnny, you wouldn't do it.
Johnny: You think I wanna blow Sunday on a scene like this? You know, I figure we're either going to have to move mother out here or move the grave to Pittsburgh.
Barbara: Well she ...
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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 Awkward Thanksgiving (2014) See more »

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Battle to the Death
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Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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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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