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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ben
... Barbra
... Harry Cooper
... Helen Cooper
Keith Wayne ... Tom
... Judy
... Karen Cooper / Corpse in House
Charles Craig ... Newscaster / Zombie
... Zombie (as Bill Heinzman)
... Sheriff McClelland
Frank Doak ... Scientist
Bill Cardille ... Field Reporter (as Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille)
... Zombie / Posse Member
Samuel R. Solito ... Zombie / Posse Member
Mark Ricci ... Washington Scientist
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Storyline

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 Karen 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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If it doesn't scare you, you're already dead! 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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Budget:

$114,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,452, 15 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$89,029, 9 November 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,000,000
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| (Night of Anubis workprint)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Duane Jones mentioned in his final interview that someone smashed a moth on set, and he thought it was a very unpleasant moment in an otherwise pleasant shoot. See more »

Goofs

The sound coming from the phone when Barbara (and later Ben) try to dial for help does not resemble any known telephone company signaling from the time, particularly anything from the kind of small-scale, electromechanical switching equipment that a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania would be served by. See more »

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[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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Finger of Suspicion
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Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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My Favorite Horror Movie
30 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Barbra (Judith O'Dea) 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 (Duane Jones), 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 (Karl Hardman), his wife Helen (Marilyn Eastman) and their daughter Karen (Kyra Schon) that is sick; and Tom (Keith Wayne) and his girlfriend Judy (Judith Ridley). 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 between the two men grows while the house is under siege by an increasing legion of living dead.

"Night of the Living Dead" is my favorite horror movie and I do not know how many times I have watched this movie (the last times had been on 31 March 2001 and 15 January 2002). I was very young the first time I saw it and I was impressed with this movie. Today I have just seen a colorized version and despite my preference for the original black and white classic, I have nothing to say against this latest version.

"Night of the Living Dead" is the debut of the cult director George A. Romero and it is amazing the movie he made with an extremely low-budget. The story is scary and tension increases along 96 minutes running time. The conclusion is ironic and a sort of justice against the decision of Ben, who refused to stay in the basement and caused the death of the whole group. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "A Noite dos Mortos-Vivos" ("The Night of the Living Dead")

Note: On 10 August 2014, I saw this film again.

On 13 September 2015, I saw this film again.


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