Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Movie Title: Night of the Living Dead

Year Released: 1968

Rated: Not Rated

Runtime: 1h 36min

Genre: Horror

Director: George A. Romero

Writer: John A. Russo and George A. Romero

Starring: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Russell Streiner, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley, Kyra Schon, Charles Craig, S. William Hinzman, George Kosana

Review: They won't stay dead! The dead have suddenly come back to life and want nothing more than to feast on the living. When a group of strangers barricade themselves in an old farmhouse they fight to survive the ever-growing army of bloodthirsty, flesh-eating ghouls, and each other, in George A. Romero's horrifying masterpiece that became the very blueprint for the modern zombie genre. After 50 years, and countless viewings, this movie still scares the crap out of me. After my recent re-watch I had to sleep with the lights on; I'm sure I'm not the only one. It still has that kind of hold on the audience. Romero tells a story that is truly scary, features compelling characters, creates tension like no other movie, and makes monsters that will haunt us and our screens (both big and little) for decades. From the opening shot, and the music, you'll be creeped out. And as soon as the Johnny character says the infamous line, "They're coming to get you, Barbara!" you'll be boarding up your own windows and doors to keep the zombies out. It's one of the best, if not the best horror movie of all time. It definitely sticks with you. It's viscerally horrifiying, but more so psychologically horrifying. It's what a true horror movie should be.

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: The house used for this film was loaned to the filmmakers by the owner who planned to demolish it anyway, thereby ensuring that they could do whatever they wanted to the house.


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