It should come to no surprise to anyone who knows me that the original Night of the Living Dead tops my list for all-time favourite Zombie movie. I saw it for the first time when I was six and it changed by life forever. It introduced me to the Zombie as a sub-genre of horror (I was an early initiate to horror after an ill-advised viewing of Alien at age four – thank you Mom and Dad) and since that moment I was hooked.
What is it about the Zombie that chills me to the core? The fact that they were once us. Figuratively speaking of course since they technically haven’t risen… yet. It’s fairly simple – they scare me. What they once were and what they have since been reduced to. *shudders*
Enough about me though, let’s talk about the movie!
The radiation from a fallen satellite may have caused the recently deceased to rise from the grave and seek the flesh of the living for nourishment. Trapped in a farmhouse, amid throngs of the living dead, a group of people must work together to survive.
My Rating: A+
The word “zombie” is never used. The most common euphemism used to describe the living dead is “those things,” mostly by Cooper.
One of the first films to graphically depict violent murders on screen.
One of the most successful independent films ever made.
Readers Digest tried to warn people away from watching the film in 1968 by claiming if it’s ever watched, it will inspire cannibalism.
Bosco chocolate syrup was used to simulate the blood in the film.