Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Director: George A. Romero
Main Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman
Storyline: The radiation from a fallen satellite brings the dead back to the world of the living, trapping a group of people in a farmhouse to fight for their lives.
Review: This is one of the greatest and most influential horror movies of all time. Seen as a low budget cult movie this is a movie that I never get tired of. It starts as young teenage brother and sister are visiting a family grave at an out of town graveyard. This sets the mood to the film very dark, sometimes slow but very graphic for its time.
George A. Romero builds the standard for all zombie movies moving forward with this film (except the fast moving zombies like 28 Days Later which I hate). We have well done make-up, gory effects and the mood with the lighting is amazing to set the tone. Yes this is first of the whole George A. Romero dead series and I personally think it is the best one. We have classic moments like the undead child, eating of innards, personal turmoil between the groups of people of who is going to sacrifice themselves to the zombie horde and of course the opening scene with Barbara (Judith O’Dea) and her brother Johnny (Russell Streiner). Without spoiling the ending (in case you’re one of the rare people born under a rock and have never seen the film) leaves you going “Whoa what just happened?”
Rating: This is one of the Greats of the horror genre andGeorge A. Romero made a name for himselffrom this movie alone.Grab a case of beer and sit down and enjoy one of the greatest and grandfather of the whole zombie fad. And remember “They’re coming to get you, Barbara!”and have a pint every time you hear Barbara.