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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 ... Himself - 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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Taglines:

Something New - Something Evil - Something Unspeakably Terrifying See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$89,029, 9 November 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Image Ten See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Night of Anubis workprint)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The radio that Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea hear the news reports on is a 1939 Zenith 7s363. The Television is a 1952 Motorola 17T5E. See more »

Goofs

When Tom, Judy, and Ben set out to gas up the truck, the original cemetery zombie menaces Ben, who sets his jacket on fire. However, when that zombie eventually breaks down the house's front door (with Johnny's help), his suit is in perfect, unburnt condition. 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 »

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 Borderlands (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Finger of Suspicion
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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An Iconic Zombie Film
9 June 2015 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

This is "the" film that changed the way zombie films were created - more horrifying than ever before. Almost all zombie films that came after this one were patterned after this movie. "Night of the Living Dead" is the most iconic zombie film ever made.

The movie is outstanding for it's genre and film type. I feel the black & white really enhanced this flick - it gave it an eerier effect than a colour film ever could. The B&W gave the zombies an almost ghostly and most definitely a ghastly appearance. I think if this movie would have been in colour then it would not have the strong appeal and overall creepiness to it that the B&W gave.

This is a wonderful late at night film that I would highly recommend to fans of the horror genre. If you have not seen this film yet then you should find a copy to rent, buy or borrow because you will not be disappointed.

8.5/10


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