December 22, 2010

Night of the Living Dead (Zombie Classic)

On the tenth day of zombie, my true love gave to me.....

     10 survivors squabbling


Director: George A. Romero
Writers: John A. Russo and George A. Romero
Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman

SYNOPSIS: When the dead begin to rise and feast on the flesh of the living, a group of survivors barricade themselves in a farmhouse.

BEST LINE: "They're coming to get you, Barbara!"

BEST SCENE: After emerging the lone survivor of a harrowing night of carnage, Ben is accidentally shot from afar by a careless mob of zombie hunters who mistake him from a zombie.

CLASSIC STATUS: Night of the Living Dead was a game changer. Lifting zombies from obscurity and giving them a new lease on un-life as cannibalistic metaphors for the violence of the human condition, Night of the Living Dead used its low budget and isolated location to frighten audiences with a creeping dread that would devolve into -- for its time -- graphic depictions of cannibalism. If we have a plethora of zombie media today, we owe it to the original Night of the Living Dead for providing the mold. It's been remade, reanimated, remastered, ripped-off, parodied, and picked over for over five decades. Night of the Living Dead is no less relevant and influential today than it was when it was released in 1968.