|Night of Living Dead (1968) (B&W)
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We can hardly imagine how shocking this film was when it first broke into the film scene in 1968. There's never been anything quite like it again, though there have been numerous pale imitations. Part of the terror lies in the fact that it is shot in such a raw and unadorned fashion that it feels like a home movie, and is all the more authentic because of that. It draws us into its world gradually, content to establish a merely spooky atmosphere before leading us through a horrifically logical progression that we hardly could have anticipated. The story is simple: Radiation from a fallen satellite has caused the dead to walk, and hunger for human flesh. Once bitten, you become one of them. And the only way to kill one is by a shot or blow to the head. We follow a group holed up in a small farmhouse who are trying to fend off the inevitable onslaught of the dead. The tension between the members of this unstable, makeshift community drives the film. Night of the Living Dead establishes savagery as a necessary condition of life. Marked by fatality and a grim humor, the film gnaws through to the bone, then proceeds on to the marrow. --Jim Gay
George Romero's classic 1968 zombie-fest (shot in black and white) offers some disturbing images, even decades later. In a Pittsburgh suburb people are being stalked by zombies ravenous for human flesh. In a house whose occupant has already been slain, two separate groups of people unite and board themselves in, hoping to fend off the advancing ghouls. Through radio and TV reports they learn that radiation from outer space is thought to be responsible for the wave of zombie attacks all over the eastern United States. Once the humans are trapped, Romero shifts the focus to the internal feuding between them as they decide how to handle their dreadful situation. What unfolds is an examination of human nature, and of the fear and selfishness that keep many citizens from getting involved in the world's problems. Appropriately, both the zombies and the authorities who later hunt them are equally soulless. This film could also be read as a criticism of white males--it is not merely a coincidence that the film's two most rational, constructive characters are a woman and a black man. It is also no coincidence that the sequel takes place in a mall infested by the undead--a perfect analogy for consumer culture. --Bryan Reeseman
- Wrong one - don't waste your time with this
I wouldn't waste my time on this one, don't get confused like me - the one we're all looking for says "40th Anniversary Edition" and "2 Disc Set" or "No B.S." in the title and description. That's the original movie released to celebrate the 40th Anniversary....more info
- WHO NEEDS MONEY TO CREATE MOOD AND ATMOSPHERE?
This review is for the Millennium edition DVD only. A great transfer to a classic with excellent bonus material for the Millennium edition DVD. This movie has more atmosphere and chills than new films costing 100 times what it cost to make this classic gem. The acting is nothing special, but the mood and atmosphere are sure to send chills up your spine. If you love horror movies this is a must have DVD....more info
- Night of the living collectors: The nightmare never ends!
After doing a very detailed research of this product online in many different serious and complete product pages, i sincerely didn't find anything new about the picture or sound quality, or any improvements on the film itself whatsoever , something that can make this DVD edition worth to buy again! I think we all got the edition of our preference of this classic milestone, epic landmark, outstanding masterpiece that changed, using the director's passion, ingenuity, and imagination more than an actual production budget, the fate of the horror genre forever. I'm really holding myself to keep writing about this incredible masterful work , this accidental , disturbing, visceral, gruesome, menacing and creepy portrayal of paranoia and claustrophobic madness, a film that ended the concept of valiant heroes, happy endings and supernatural-related sources of evil and terror in the horror film genre of the late 60's. A rule shatterer for its time that excluded the emotional buffering proper of the audiences's standards, in this movie the good guys can't possibly win but only try to remain calm and sane, monsters become more powerful because of the endless unstoppable source of contagion that nobody can escape, authorities are dangerous and inept, friends and families turn against each other, prolonging their agonies in angst, fear and despair.... Add to this madness the macabre concept of the flesh eating zombies, re-animated corpses of our own people, blinded-by-hunger mindless ghouls made of human rotten shells. No wonder this independent low-budget movie shaked the foundations of american cinema, and haunted the collective fears of viewers with sheer realism.
Oops! Sorry for loosing my track. Going back to this edition, and only for the photos and comments of this product that i collected in every corner of the web, i'm pretty sure more than one fan will be absolutely thrilled about this 40 year anniversary DVD edition. All i can say so far, is that the best most acclaimed previous edition was re-released in this new great format with this spectacular cover signed by George A. Romero. I 'm almost positive that this extra material is new, but only based on mere trust, after all Romero loves to talk about his productions, detailing every possible aspect of production, details already published in thousands of interviews before, but for collectors it's always a pleasure. Fans who apreciate mr. Romero's interviews and comments must be excited about the promised new material, check the rest of the cast and crew audio comments. If they don't know about the shooting of the film, who does? Check the extras list to find out yourselves:
-Original screenplay DVD room only.
-Original theatrical trailer (for this edition)
-Speak of the dead: interview with George A. Romero
-Last interview with Dwane Jones: Ben speaks.
-Documentary: One for the fire.
-Audio commentary: All new- George Romero, Karl Hartman, Marilyn Eastman, John Russo.
-Audio commentary: All new- Judith O'Dea, Russell Streiner, Vince Zurinsky, Bill Hinzman, Kyra Schon, Keith Wayne.
-English 2.0 mono original soundtrack (not confirmed)
-English 5.1 remastered dolby soundtrack
-English and spanish subtitles.
In my humble opinion, this extras are spectacular for any collector and a must see for fans. Too bad, yet another version of my favorite vintage horror movie of all times, it will be my third and i can't care less about money right now. Struggle with your thoughts and logic for a while, then order the movie. It's not that hard, it worked for me!
Five stars for the new 40 year collector's edition, you know this classic....
- Formerly the definitive dvd version of NOTLD
This was the definitive version of NOTLD to own until the 40th anniversary came along. Night of the Living Dead 40th Anniv....more info
That's all. And if I have to elaborate; Scary, interesting, dated but still worth watching. If you expect a modern zombie-movie you'll be dissapointed, and the pace will be too slow for you.
If you want a classic, to see the roots, then it will be a great watch. Plus, it's so ridiculously cheap now (my copy, brand new dvd, was around 4 dollars) that it's not that big a loss if you don't like it.
- More Notes on the 40th Anniversary DVD
Having owned a couple of the earlier public domain releases, I'm pleased to say that the quality of this new "remastered" print is pretty darned good, all things considered.
The greatest value of the disc, however, is in the extras. The nearly and hour-and-a-half documentary, "One For The Fire", is by itself worth the modest price of the DVD. It covers the entire genesis of the film, beginning with Romero's earliest attempts at filmmaking and the production company formed by him and his college buddies through to the collective decision: "Let's make a movie!". It also explains how it almost instantly (and accidentally) fell into the public domain and how all of the original elements of the film (along with all of the company's commercials and industrial films) were destroyed in a basement flood. The documentarians seem to have interviewed almost everybody associated with "Night of the Living Dead"'s creation and filming, and it's a fascinating journey that (unlike many DVD extras) doesn't need to rely on showing a lot of prolonged scenes from the movie just to fill the time. It's very informative, engaging, and a great bonus for this release.
Also included is a 15-minute audio-only interview with lead actor Duane Jones, who seems to have kept his association with the movie very much at arm's length over the years. It was recorded a year before Jones' death in 1988 and is candid and pretty riveting.
The 15-minute footage of a Romero Q&A at a comics convention isn't all that interesting, unfortunately, since the bulk of the information is covered in "One For The Fire".
I understand that the commentary tracks are carried over from an earlier DVD of the film (which might explain why the heard-in-the-background audio of the movie itself is out of synch with the picture, which is kind of annoying). They're still entertaining, though.
Throw in a still image galley and a comically bad original theatrical trailer, and you've got a great bargain for the price. While watching all of the extras, I was reminded of Criterion's DVD release of Herk Harvey's "Carnival of Souls" - in that it will probably be of most interest to filmmaking buffs in general than to casual fans of zombie movies. But it should please both camps.
- Night of the Living Dead does wonders for the Horror Genre
For a film that is widely considered a horror classic, "Night of the Living Dead" has been handled with surprisingly poor care in the home video market over the years.
For the longest time, the film was generally only available on VHS copies that could often be found in the bargain bins of your local video store. The reason for the cheap price became apparent after viewing. The picture quality of many of these editions was so poor that viewing them made you feel as if you were watching the movie through dirty aquarium water.
With the advent of DVD there have been ocassional first rate packages out there but more often than not the film was still mishandled and if you've seen the film, countless times, watching this DVD is almost like viewing it for the very first time.
- Almost every zombie film uses some unholy marriage between repulsion and humor. This one simply uses good old fashioned horror
The Colorized DVD of Night of the Living Dead is something to treasure (and is required viewing every Halloween). The thing that I really liked about it was that it also contains the black and white version if color is not your taste. It also contains audio commentary and trailers. The first thing we see before you press "play movie" is an eerie image of Barbara's face and a full moon with creepy music which sets the mood perfectly.
Being chased and cornered by undead humans who want to eat warm flesh had never been envisioned before this movie was envisioned. While many good zombie movies have been made since its release, none has surpassed Night of the Living Dead's eerie atmosphere. Virtually all zombie films try to make some unholy marriage between horror, comedy, and gore (like Dead Alive and Return of the Living Dead). Some even try to throw romance into the mix. Night of the Living Dead, with its simplistic nature, just goes for scary and, because of that, it's still the best zombie movie ever made. Roger Ebert, in his review of this movie, said that it was so scary when it was released that children were crying in the audience he was in. And it's effective even today (especially the last 10-15 minutes).
Indulge yourself and get the zombie flick that started it all....more info
- NIght of the living dead is great
The original Zombie movie. If you like Zombie movies at all and you haven't seen this... then you need to check it out. This is a nice DVD release, digitally remastered in the original creepy black and white....more info
- The only version of "Night..." that you should own... DO NOT BUY THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY ED.!!
I am a purist and like the grainy quality of this movie on the video taped version that I have. However, if you are going to buy a version of night for the DVD era, this is the MUST BUY edition.
Before I continue, let me say DO NOT BUY THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION! It is only interesting in its novelty, but is a disgraceful re-writing of the original masterpiece.
Make no mistake, "Night of the Living Dead" is a masterpiece, a brilliant selection of moments, camera angles, and black and white horror that still resonates to this day. The protagonist is strong, and the antagonist is a perfect foil.
The ending is the greatest movie ending I have ever seen in my 31 years. It shocked me to the core. "Seven" is a distant second when it comes to rattling endings.
The extras are fantastic, with many of the original cast members coming to provide commentary. It is excellent.
No one can call themselves a fan of the zombie genre without owning or at least watching this movie. ...more info
- "Night of the Living Dead (1968) ... George A. Romero ... 20th Century Fox (2004)"
20th Century Fox presents "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD" (Released: 1 October 1968) (96 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- Night of the Living Dead is a seminal 1968 black-and-white independent horror film directed by George A. Romero --- Early drafts of the script were titled Monster Flick, but it was known as Night of Anubis and Night of the Flesh Eaters during production --- The film stars Duane Jones as Ben and Judith O'Dea as Barbra --- The plot revolves around the mysterious reanimation of the dead and the efforts of Ben, Barbra and five others to survive the night while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse.
Under George A. Romero (Director / Screenwriter / Short Story Author / Cinematographer / Editor), Karl Hardman (Producer / Makeup), Russ Streiner (Producer), John A. Russo (Screenwriter), Vincent Survinski (Production Designer), Marilyn Eastman (Makeup), Tony Pantanello (Special Effects), Regis Survinski (Special Effects) - - - - The story line and plot, Zombies represent a slow moving enemy --- It is easy to escape them, just watch out for your own mistakes, as the zombies will capitalize on them --- One of the best aspects of this film is the lead character, as director Romero presents an intelligent non stereotypical black actor in this cult favorite ---. this is one of the best horror films ever. Romero's direction is outstanding --- His ability to take a small budget and turn it into a stratospherically giant film is unparalleled.
the cast includes:
Duane Jones - Ben
Judith O'Dea - Barbara
Karl Hardman - Harry
Marilyn Eastman - Helen
Keith Wayne - Tom
Judith Ridley - Judy
Kyra Schon - Karen
Russ Streiner - Johnny
George A. Romero - Washington Reporter
John A. Russo - Zombie in House (uncredited) / Washington Military Aide
Charles Craig - Newscaster
Bill Hinzman - Cemetery Zombie
Romero produced the film on the small budget of $114,000, but after a decade of theatrical re-releases it had grossed an estimated $12 million in the United States and $30 million internationally --- Night of the Living Dead was strongly criticized at the time of its release for its graphic content, but three decades later the Library of Congress entered it into the United States National Film Registry with other films deemed "historically, culturally or aesthetically important."
The culture of Vietnam-era America had a tremendous impact on the film --- It is so thoroughly laden with critiques of late-1960s American society that one historian described the film as "subversive on many levels." --- While not the first zombie film made, Night of the Living Dead influenced countless films and is perhaps the defining influence on the modern pop-culture zombie archetype --- The film is the first of five Dead films (completed or pending) directed by Romero --- It has been remade twice, in 1990 and in 2006.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
1. Includes All-New Color Version and Resored Black and White Version.
2. Audio Commentary byt Mike Nelson of TV's "Mystery Science Theater 3000"
3. "Separated at Death" - Celebrity Zombie Game
4. Vintage Horror Trailers
Legend Films can restore, colorize and release many of the classic earliest black and white films --- a patented coloring and remastering process makes each film picture perfect plus more vivd than ever --- no one can resist collecting every title that Legend Films releases --- The Legend Films edition of the film contains both colorized and black and white versions of the aforementioned director's cut and a humorous audio commentary track by Michael J. Nelson, a former writer and host of Mystery Science Theater 3000 --- The comedian mocks the low budget film's flaws in the style of an episode of the series.
Hats off and thanks to Barry B. Sandrew Ph.D. (Founder, COO & CTO) and his Legend Films Staff --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage era of the '20s, '30s & '40s --- order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Legend Films where they are experts in releasing long forgotten films and treasures to the collector.
Total Time: 96 mins on DVD ~ 20th Century Fox. ~ (9/07/2004) ...more info
- Classic Romero
Night of the Living Dead (1968), directed by George Romero, is a black-and-white horror film that was an independent production. Early titles were: Monster Flick (draft script) and Night of Anubis and Night of the Flesh Eaters (production). Ben (Duane Jones) and Barbra (Judith O'Dea) are the protagonists of a story about the mysterious reanimation of the recently dead, and their efforts, along with five other people to survive the night while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse.
George Romero produced the film on a $114,000 budget, but, after a decade of cinematic re-releases, it grossed some $12 million dollars domestically, in the United States, and $30 million dollars internationally. On its release in 1968, Night of the Living Dead was strongly criticized for its explicit content.
Night of the Living Dead had a great impact upon the culture of the Vietnam-era U.S., because it is laden with critiques of late-1960s U.S. society; an historian described it as "subversive on many levels". Although it is not the first zombie film, Night of the Living Dead is progenitor of the contemporary "zombie apocalypse" sub-genre of horror film, and it influenced the modern pop-culture zombie archetype. Night of the Living Dead (1968), is the first of five Dead films directed by George Romero. ...more info
- The original , The classic
The original version , the classic, un-censored.
Pretty restored with a new transfer and audio remix in 5.1.
this is not the 30's anniversay edition.
- The original, and still the best
With rare exception, the living dead in every zombie movie produced, behave precisely like they do in this film. Today, they stagger, stumble, gape, grope, chomp and chew guts just as they did under George Romero's direction. This film is the great grand daddy of zombie movies. I've heard the theories that the film is, at its base, about racism. I've heard the opinions that it is a thinly veiled "us against them" metaphorical and moral diatribe against racial prejudice. The film can be construed as such, I suppose, but I don't think that was on the writer or director's mind at the time. Sure, some elements of racial hatred and vigilante justice seem present at the end, but I think the analogies are incidental to the story, perhaps utterly accidental. There is nothing ever accidental about racism. The real gist of the story is visceral horror, of girl children eating their mothers, of strange and grisly transformations, of shots to the head to kill cannibalistic, murderous zombies. I doubt the thought ever occurred to George Romero that casting Duane Jones as the black hero of the film might sharpen that racial edge that was basic to the story, `cuz it's not a theme in it. It didn't occur to Duane Jones either who said, "It never occurred to me that I was hired because I was black. But it did occur to me that because I was black it would give a different historic element to the film." It did that. Duane Jones was the first African-American to be cast as the hero in a horror film. The real value of this film is the legacy of horror it spawned for two generations of zombie movie fans. Is racism a persistent theme in zombie movies today? Perhaps a very marginal and an accidental one at best. And how do those racial demographics parse in terms of good guys and bad guys? I have no idea. I'm watching for the gaping, groping and gut chomping....more info
- Night of the Living Dead
he first and best of George Romero's zombie series, a horror classic made on a low five figure budget way back in 1968. Some of the acting is less than stellar, but this hardly affects the tightening knot in your stomach. More restrained than later outings, the zombies are less turbo-charged, which only increases the prevailing sense of dread. Film builds to a nifty surprise finish. Consistently creepy, punctuated by moments of unbridled terror. Be warned!...more info
- Great Original
This movie was great! I enjoy the original in all of its black and white glory compared to its remake. ...more info
- R.I.P. Karl Hardman
Though it was last month,I found out today that Karl Hardman
has passed on. For those of you who do not recognize the
name he will always be famous for the GREAT performance
of the jerk husband/father in N.O.T.L.DEAD who's famous line
was....THE CELLER! It's the safest place!!! He not only
was a gifted make up artist,but for not being a actor blew
the pants off big bankable actors I've seen with just his
soul performance in the immortal N.O.T.L.D. When I first
read the news I said NO! For I really liked him. He will
always be a part of us and for you DIE HARD HORROR fanatics
you can really see him for who he was in the 25th anniversary
edit. only avail.on VHS but for low $$$ and worth a look to
see how he did the make-up and his input. Speaking of input
buy N.O.T.L.D. millennium edition it is the ultimate version.
It has commentary from almost everyone involved in the film
and it is priceless. I myself am a avid FRIGHT fanatic and
proudly own Sir Romero's N.O.T.L.D. it is SOOOO influential
to our GREATEST Decades of CREEPERS the 70's and 80's!
My fav. scene will be the truck after the fire and the Zombie
Ghouls fighting over the intestine's and the zombie girl in
hospital gown doing the shuffle walk while eating a arm.
Say it now without hesitation NIGHT of the LIVING DEAD
is ONE of thee GREATEST HORROR films of ALL time!
Also like to point out the zombie girl with the
immortal look of the hair covering left eye and the
famous garden trowel scene is no other than Kyra Schon
and she is the loving daughter of Karl Hardman.
Please own the NIGHT!!! IT IS A MUST!
- A documentary at last
Finally a documentary on the production of NOTLD, we've been waiting years. This and the Millenium Edition are the only ones to own....more info
- THE CLASSIC THAT STARTED IT ALL
This is the classic that started the whole flesh eating zombie genre , this is a good start to a new genre , this is the best edition dvd you can find , great acting for unknown actors , highly recommended....more info
- Top ten horror films of all time
The definitive edition of this film. Avoid colorized or "30th Anniversary Edition" versions. Sequel, Dawn of the Dead, is equal in greatness....more info
- In Unliving Colour
George Romero's 1968 masterpiece gets a decent colourization job in this must-have DVD release. The previous attempt at colourizing Night, in the mid-80s, brought new meaning to the word 'inept'; thankfully, this job is much better. You'd never mistake this for an actual colour picture, unlike the astonishingly good colour-job done on Plan 9 From Outer Space by the same folks, but you can only do so much with the bleary basic stock here. Mike Nelson's commentary is the main reason I bought this - it'll be the top reason for all my fellow MST3K fanatics, too - and Mr Nelson doesn't disappoint in the wisecrack department; but, often you get the feeling he's just making cheap shots at what is not by any stretch of the imagination a bad movie. Mainly because he is, which is sad considering that the guy's a genius. The only other extra (apart from trailers) is a Zombie Celebrity 'game'. It's not a game, it's not funny, who the frak cares.
Night 68 ain't perfect, and it hasn't aged well, but for my money it is still powerfully frightening if you accept it for what it is. The recent movie 28 Weeks Later starts with a homage to Night, proof of the movie's lasting influence.
This is where the modern zombie movie all began. A small group of people, thrown together by circumstance, are besieged in a farmhouse by an army of killers. As time passes, the nature of these crazed attackers is revealed, and it soon becomes obvious that unless our heroes can work out how to live together, they will die together....
Romero's first zombie film, considered shocking and even Satanic in the late 60s, is almost tame by modern standards, lacking the gore and frenetic cutting that have become staples of the modern living dead flick. It retains its' power to disturb, however, partly because it is so understated....and one cannot avoid the fact that this is the movie that started it all. You don't start a whole genre with a turkey, after all.
A 100% must buy for Romero fans, who are probably sick of buying yet another edition of the same movie (Survivor Cut, Millennium Edition, Fake 3D version etc), and also for those of limited imagination to whom black and white photography means 'boring old film'. This movie's a stone cold
killer, babies. And now it's in colour for the digital age. May offend purists, but not as much as the 30th Anniversary Edition did. The ultimate indy drive-in horror movie.
- Best Version I have Seen
I have only owned about 2 or 3 versions of this film and I have to say this is probably the best. For the price you really cant go wrong with both versions the black and white and color. Its not like its in high definition or anything but the quality is good enough for me to say its almost the best I have seen for an older version of this. Not much more can be said about Night of The Living Dead but it is the all time classic zombie movie that paved the way for so much garbage zombie films and the good ones. No doubt in my mind that a company is trying to make more money off a good movie with a new version but at least this one is worth it. Special features are rather disappointing but I think it makes up for it by the commentary track. Odds are if you have never seen this movie and this is your 1st than you might be disappointed by the claustrophobia of the whole film except the beginning but for me I enjoyed that aspect of being in one place. The zombies move about the pace of a turtle so I think it would be fun to play with these zombies over the current run after you aggressive type. You might find yourself wondering why anyone is scared of them except for they want to eat you. I have to say though that a slower pace and claustrophobia is a good feeling in a movie for me especially a zombie movie. Overall in my opinion this is still the definitive zombie movie (not so much the dvd) for me....more info
- On DVD yet again, but a good DVD nevertheless
There are ump-teen versions of Night of the Living Dead floating around on DVD, so do we really need another edition of it? Not really, but this 40th Anniversary Edition from the Weinstein Company's Dimension Extreme (who released Romero's recent Diary of the Dead) is a pretty good release of the landmark horror film. Since we already know just how great, influential, and legendary Night of the Living Dead is, I won't bother going into the film's storyline, but will instead focus on the DVD itself. Featured here are two commentary tracks that contain George Romero, John Russo, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, and more besides, as well as an excellent hour and a half long documentary on the film's creation and legacy. There is also an interesting video Q&A with Romero, and the final interview with Duane Jones. There is also a still gallery, the film's trailer, and the ability to view the film's script via DVD-ROM to boot. The special features alone are good enough for this single-disc release, and are worth the price of admission. However, if you already own the superior Milennium Edition of the film, there really is no reason to pick this up. If you don't though, then by all means pick up this new edition of Night of the Living Dead; it's a horror classic that even 40 years later can still scare the daylights out of you, and still proves ever effective....more info
- Elite's Editions are still the BEST
Having snagged a copy a couple of weeks before street date, I watched this special edition last night. I have mixed feelings and I'm happy to share them.
The Transfer: No better than what you can get on the current Goodtimes or any of the Elite versions. In fact, watching this on HDMI Upconvert, the image wasn't quite as good as what you find on the Elite and Good Times editions.
Audio: Weak stereo surround and, unless it's hidden somewhere, NO option for the original mono soundtrack. That is very wrong.
Commentary Tracks: The same that are found on the Elite ediitons.
One For The Fire - This is the second feature-length documentary to commemorate NIght of the Living Dead. This one is very downbeat and quite sad in places. Although interesting in spots, especially whwn you get to see some "Night" locations and interviews with veteran zombies, I felt that this is more of a tribute FOR those connected with the original film, and not so much for the fans. But that's not a bad thing, I still recommend this documentary.
Overall a pretty good special edition of "Night of the Living Dead," and the cover is really cool, but personally speaking, I like the Elite Millennium edition the best. That version was and is still the definitive edition of "Night of the Living Dead." I actually own two copies, in case something happens to the original!
- Zombie Pioneer
Ironically, I decided on seeing "Night of the Living Dead" after reading The Undead and Philosophy: Chicken Soup for the Soulless (Popular Culture and Philosophy), (I am sure the authors did not have that response in mind). Anyway, after much reference to Romero's movies, I decided I had had a deprived existence for not having seen them.
Shot in black and white, Romero casts a dark and dank mood over the movie, making it all the more creepy. With the addition of some serious gore, (for 1968, that is), and some excellent photography, the movie starts the tension early and keeps it going right to the end. While the explanations for the zombie phenomenon are never really fleshed out, (no pun intended), the radiation from a space probe seems to be the one offered. The main characters are holed up in an isolated farm house, and each has distinctly different responses to their situation. Ironically, the very thing they fear seems to come to pass.
Some of the sound effects seem decidedly "cheesy", such as the "blood" dripping from the stairs onto the floor. However, this is more than compensated for by the overall tension and darkness of the movie. This would have to be one of the creepiest movies I have seen.
I have not seen later editions, so this review refers to the original 1968 release. It is an excellent movie that spawned a whole sub-genre of horror movies. It is simply a masterpiece. ...more info
- The one ,the only.
This is the movie that turned me into an obssesed horror fan. My friend told me about it and let me borrow it and I had no idea this movie would effect me the way it did. Ever since Iv'e been trying to get my hands on any old/underground horror flick I could find. At the beginning of the movie I was thinking "oh god,this is going to suck" and by the end I was convinced that this was one of the best horror films ever made.(*Spoilers*)The idea of somebody making a movie where a little girl eats her mother in 1968 was unbelievable to me. The extremely ironic ending was the icing on the cake and IMO is one of the best endings in horror history. My favorite in the "dead" trilogy by far.
When I first seen this colored version on Amazon I thought it was a disgrace(this movie is made to be watched in B&W and should be watched that way for the first time)but when I realized it contained both versions I had to have it. The commentary is pretty annoying and very insulting to fans of the movie(its done by the guy from "mystery science theater" and he doesn't take the movie seriously at all,it really pisses me off)but if your a fan of the movie and always thought "I wonder what color barbara's shirt is,what color is the car" ect.,ect. I highly recommend this version. If you've never seen this movie I still recommend this version but WATCH THE B&W VERSION FIRST, I repeat WATCH THE B&W VERSION FIRST, its the way it was meant to be seen for the first time....more info
- Not Free SF Reader
Zombies! Brainssssss! Run away. Aim for the head.
You get the picture.