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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 ... 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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They won't stay dead! See more »

Genres:

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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, 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the filming of the cemetery sequence, shot on two separate days, an unexpected accident caused a fast change of script. The car driven by Barbara and Johnny into the cemetery was actually owned by the mother of Russell Streiner. Unfortunately, sometime between the two filming sequences, someone ran into the car and put a dent in it that would easily be visible on camera. George A. Romero rewrote the scene so the car would come to a stop by crashing into a tree. See more »

Goofs

At about 24 minutes, when the wood is being nailed in place to secure the house, the nails used are far too small to have any significant effect. 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

The older computer-colorized version (like the Video Treasures VHS version)has the TV screen the characters are watching and the photos in the closing credits in the original black and white. The new 20th Century Fox/Off Color Films DVD keeps the TV broadcast in black and white, but colorizes the closing photo montage. See more »

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Referenced in Gnaw (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle to the Death
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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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