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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | | Horror | 4 October 1968 (USA)
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A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

Director:

George A. Romero

Writers:

John A. Russo (screenplay) (as John Russo), George A. Romero (screenplay) (as George Romero)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Duane Jones ... Ben
Judith O'Dea ... Barbra
Karl Hardman ... Harry Cooper
Marilyn Eastman ... Helen Cooper
Keith Wayne Keith Wayne ... Tom
Judith Ridley ... Judy
Kyra Schon ... Karen Cooper / Corpse in House
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... Newscaster / Zombie
S. William Hinzman ... Zombie (as Bill Heinzman)
George Kosana ... Sheriff McClelland
Frank Doak Frank Doak ... Scientist
Bill Cardille ... Self - Field Reporter (as Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille)
A.C. McDonald ... Zombie / Posse Member
Samuel R. Solito Samuel R. Solito ... Zombie / Posse Member
Mark Ricci Mark Ricci ... Washington Scientist
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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 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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Trivia

None of the cast are credited at the start of the film. Perhaps because the film has no major stars whatsoever. See more »

Goofs

Tom tells Ben that he and Judy were on their way to the lake to go swimming. The events are taking place in late April. It would be far too cold for swimming in Pennsylvania at that time of year. 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

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 »

Alternate Versions

There are at least three different colorized versions:
  • The first version, colorized by Hal Roach Studios in the 1980s, features green zombies.
  • In the second version, also colorized by Hal Roach Studios, the zombies have the same skin color as the humans.
  • Recently, a new high definition colorized version by Legend Studios/Off Color Films was released on DVD by 20th Century Fox.
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Connections

Referenced in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Eerie Heavy Echo (L-1214)
(uncredited)
Music by Spencer Moore
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User Reviews

 
A classic a real gem that in it's time and day really brought fright and fear!
11 February 2018 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

Finally after all these years watched the cult hit classic of the now late George A. Romero's "1968's" "Night of the living Dead". And for it's time this low budget independent picture was a masterpiece that helped change the landscape and gave upcoming horror films a new path to follow. For 1968 and being in black and white it had plenty of gore, death, and blood. And even a few twists and turns in the plot were found.

Set in Pennsylvania in a small farm town the nearby graveyard starts to come alive and one by the dead have risen! And oddly enough this is a panic and epidemic that is all over the country!

It's a battle of will and determination for survival against the walking undead! Many will not like this film when comparing today's standards of special effects, graphics, and "CGI" yet one can see that this old classic was a gateway to current hits like "The Walking Dead".


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of Anubis See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$114,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,452, 15 October 2017

Gross USA:

$236,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$236,452
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Night of Anubis workprint)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (some public domain releases)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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