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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 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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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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No love story, no hero, no heroine, no message, no questions, no answers. JUST TERROR which gnaws at your very being... See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

S. William Hinzman based his characteristic saunter (and, subsequently, that of each other zombie) on a film with Boris Karloff, the title of which he could not remember but was most likely The Walking Dead (1936). In that film, Karloff played a man risen from the dead, and walks with a characteristic ungainly saunter. See more »

Goofs

When Ben tackles the second zombie by the truck, he pins it to the ground right underneath him and starts beating it with a tire iron. It is obvious that to avoid actor injury, Ben is hammering the zombie at least 5 inches away from the zombie's head. 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 can't ...
[...]
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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

Featured in Playing Dead: 'Resident Evil' from Game to Screen (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Finger of Suspicion
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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Classic bit of low budget horror
4 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

A wave of mass murder sweeps across America as the recently dead return to life to kill and feast on their victims. A group of people board themselves up in an abandoned house to try and hold out against a small army of the undead. This is the classic low-budget horror film that is the model for recent hits such as the Evil Dead and The Blair Witch Project. George Romero stages a national disaster but reduces it to a single house for greater effect. The story focuses on the weaknesses of each of the characters in the house - their cowardice, their greedy, their stupidity etc. This makes the drama inside the house almost as palatable as the danger from outside and makes the characters more believable and important.

The undead are not huge works of special effects, nor are they anything other than lumbering beasts. But the threat they pose is well demonstrated - the film makes them feel unstoppable and relentless and makes their lingering presence more menacing and less comical than it could have been. The use of an unknown cast also makes it more realistic as none of them have any baggage. Duane Jones is the standout actor as Ben - who is not without flaws himself.

The downbeat, realistic atmosphere to the film gives it a greater sense of tension and continues right through to the very depressing conclusion. An excellent flagship for low budget horrors.


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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

Production Co:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Night of Anubis workprint)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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