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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.

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 Bill Cardille ... 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:

If it doesn't scare you, you're already dead! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laugh Track: Night of the Living Dead 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Night of Anubis workprint)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film's first scene, the initial cemetery attack on Barbara and Johnny, was actually the last scene to be filmed, in November 1967. The actors had to hold their breath to avoid visible condensation in the frosty autumn air. See more »

Goofs

When he first appears, the cemetery zombie's coat is open and unbuttoned. During the fight with Johnny and in subsequent scenes, two of the buttons are fastened. Would a zombie button up his coat? 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 »

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