Night of the Living Dead (1968) starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, and Karl Hardman. Directed by George A. Romero.
In the pantheon of horror classics, George A Romero’s, Night of the Living Dead, is one of if not the most important horror film of all time. Made on a shoestring budget, this film broke boundaries. With it’s intense use of gore for it’s time, social commentary, and compelling characters. There have been very few films that have made such an impact.
After a trip to a cemetery goes haywire, Barbra (Judith O’ Dea) must flee to an abandoned farm house as the dead have risen and are on the move. She encounters Ben (Duane Jones), A very pragmatic individual who will do any means necessary to keep everyone safe and control the situation breaking out. As more people are discovered in the house, ego’s and different opinions begin to clash. When the reanimated corpses surround the house, the other survivors begin to panic. As any semblance of order within the group begins to dissipate, the zombies start to find ways inside — and one by one, the living humans become the prey of the deceased ones.
This film, to me, is one of the greatest films of all time. It’s also a film that has inspired me to make my own films. I saw this film at the ripe age of 6. My Dad decided to buy the VHS tape and we watched it that very night, needless to say, I did not sleep for weeks. The images, the music, and the atmosphere of this movie still to this day chill me to my core. I watch it maybe 10 times a year, because it always feels fresh to me. I HIGHLY recommend anyone who hasn’t seen this movie, to watch it and study it. More film schools should be showing this film. It’s a classic and is in my opinion, the greatest horror film ever made. I highly recommend watching the new 4K Remaster. It’s beautiful. Criterion will be releasing it in February on Blu-Ray!