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Director:
Writers:
John A. Russo (screenplay) &
George A. Romero (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 October 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If it doesn't scare you, you're already dead! See more »
Plot:
A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
Important low budget horror masterclass See more (566 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Duane Jones ... Ben

Judith O'Dea ... Barbra
Karl Hardman ... Harry
Marilyn Eastman ... Helen
Keith Wayne ... Tom
Judith Ridley ... Judy
Kyra Schon ... Karen Cooper
Charles Craig ... Newscaster / Zombie
S. William Hinzman ... Zombie (as Bill Heinzman)
George Kosana ... Sheriff McClelland
Frank Doak ... Scientist
Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille ... Field Reporter

A.C. McDonald ... Zombie / Posse Member
Samuel R. Solito ... Zombie / Posse Member
Mark Ricci ... Washington Scientist
Lee Hartman ... Zombie / News Reporter
Jack Givens ... Zombie
Rudy Ricci ... Zombie (as R.J. Ricci)
Paula Richards ... Zombie
John Simpson ... Zombie
Herbert Summer ... Zombie
Richard Ricci ... Zombie
William Burchinal ... Zombie
Ross Harris ... Newscaster / Zombie
Al Croft ... Zombie
Jason Richards ... Zombie
Dave James ... Zombie
Sharon Carroll ... Zombie
William Mogush ... Zombie
Steve Hutsko ... Zombie / TV Cameraman Steve
Joann Michaels ... Zombie
Phillip Smith ... Zombie / Posse Member
Ella Mae Smith ... Zombie
Randy Burr ... Zombie / Posse Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norma Beardsley ... Zombie (uncredited)
Terry Gindele ... Zombie (uncredited)
Robert Harvey ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Dick Heckard ... Posseman (uncredited)
John Kirch ... Zombie (uncredited)
Roger McGovern ... Zombie (uncredited)
Tony Pantanella ... Posse Gunman (uncredited)

George A. Romero ... Washington Reporter (uncredited)
John A. Russo ... Washington Military Reporter (uncredited)
Josephine Streiner ... Zombie (uncredited)
Russell Streiner ... Johnny (uncredited)
Vincent D. Survinski ... Vince - Posse Gunman (uncredited)
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Directed by
George A. Romero 
 
Writing credits
John A. Russo (screenplay) (as John Russo) &
George A. Romero (screenplay) (as George Romero)

Produced by
Karl Hardman .... producer
Russell Streiner .... producer (as Russell W. Streiner)
 
Cinematography by
George A. Romero (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
George A. Romero (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Bruce Capristo .... hair styles
 
Production Management
George Kosana .... production manager
Vincent D. Survinski .... production director (as Vincent Survinski)
 
Art Department
Charles O'Dato .... props
 
Sound Department
Marshall Booth .... sound engineer
Gary Streiner .... sound engineer (as Gary R. Streiner)
 
Special Effects by
Tony Pantanella .... special effects (as Tony Pantanello)
Regis Survinski .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jacqueline Streiner .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Unitas .... lighting supervisor
S. William Hinzman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Rick Catizone .... animator: ending credits (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Harry Bluestone .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Emil Cadkin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Jack Cookerly .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ib Glindemann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Philip Green .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Geordie Hormel .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Loose .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Jack Meakin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Spencer Moore .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Betty Ellen Haughey .... continuity
Jacqueline Streiner .... script coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Laugh Track: Night of the Living Dead" - USA (video title (redubbed comic version))
"Night of the Living Dead: 30th Anniversary Edition" - Philippines (English title) (recut version)
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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:R | Canada:14A | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (DVD rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) | France:-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Italy:T (original DVD rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-18 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (30th anniversary edition) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (2007) (2008) | UK:18 (video rating: re-edited version) (2005) | UK:18 (video rating: 30th Anniversay Edition) (2001) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1995) (1998) (2001) (2002) (2003) (2005) (2006) | UK:X (original rating) (uncut) (1980) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) (cut) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) (uncut) | USA:Unrated (1968) | West Germany:18 (original rating) (cut)
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Trivia:
One of the working titles for this film was "Night of Anubis". Anubis is the god of embalming/mummifying in the ancient Egyptian (Kemetan) religion. The title was changed once George A. Romero learned that very few understood the reference.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: As soon Barbara walks into the farmhouse, there is a crew's hand in the shot before the stuffed animals if you pause the right moment.See more »
Quotes:
Harry Cooper:[to Barbara] Now you'd better watch this and try to understand what's going on.
[Ben looks at him]
Harry Cooper:I don't want anyone's life on my hands.
Helen Cooper:Is there anything I can do...?
Ben:I don't wanna hear any more from you, Mister! If you stay up here, you take orders from ME! And that includes leaving the girl alone!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Halloween II (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Eerie Heavy Echo (L-1204)See more »

FAQ

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34 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Important low budget horror masterclass, 28 April 2007
Author: ametaphysicalshark from prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com

A car drives up a road, towards a graveyard. Cut to the graveyard, a woman and her brother have brought flowers to their mother's grave. Soon the brother starts taunting his sister, saying: "They're coming to get you, Barbara". Barbara laughs it off and after her brother runs away, she heads to the seemingly innocent man visiting a family member's grave to apologize, and out of nowhere he grabs her. Her brother attempts to fight him off but ends up being killed in the process and Barbara escapes to a farmhouse nearby.

That's how this incredible, highly influential masterclass in horror film making begins. What is still so fascinating about this film is that it retains its ability to genuinely, truly scare the crap out of you. It's not just a 'jump moment' film, George A. Romero sets the mood perfectly with a sublime script and truly effective use of music. As far as modern low budget horror films go, this is nearly the best of them, surpassed only by Sam Raimi's masterpiece "The Evil Dead".

"Night of the Living Dead" isn't scary because of the zombies (although the flesh eating sequences are still among the greatest and most horrifying horror scenes ever made). The film is still effective because it all has a feeling of impending doom. It seems hopeless, disturbing, terrifying because of the claustrophobic mood it sets. It's not the zombies that scare us, it's the idea of being trapped in a small area with nowhere to go and death itself standing right outside your door. What a brilliant film!

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