Night of the Living Dead

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Director:
George A. Romero
Released:
1968
Rating:
R

Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 cult classic and zombie horror film directed by George A. Romero. In the apocalyptic film, bodies of the dead mysteriously reanimate and come back as zombies whose one desire is to tear the flesh from living humans. The movie follows Ben (Duane Jones) and Barbra (Judith O'Dea) along with several other survivors who, through various sets of circumstances, all become trapped in a farmhouse in Pennsylvania. The stranded humans deal with conflicts between themselves as well as attacks from the zombies looming outside in an attempt to survive the night. To add to the chaos, Karen (Kyra Schon) becomes infected with the zombie disease and the rest of the party must face attacks from both inside and out. Tension heightens as dawn approaches and the characters' fates grow increasingly uncertain. The film was released on October 1, 1968 and has an approximate running time of 96 minutes.

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      • Helen: (to the others) We may not enjoy living together, but dying together isn't going to solve anything.

      • Sheriff McClelland: (to a man with a rifle) Aim between the eyes.
        Sheriff McClelland: (the gunman shoots at the house and kills Ben who was looking out the window) Good shot! OK, he's dead; let's go get 'im. That's another one for the fire.

      • Reporter: Reports, incredible as they may seem, are not the results of mass hysteria.
        Harry: "Mass hysteria?" What do they think, we're imagining all this?
        Ben: Shut up!

      • Harry: Did you hear me when I told you they turned over our car?
        Ben: Oh, hell! Any good five men could do that!
        Harry: That's my point! There's not going to be five, or even ten! There's going to be twenty, thirty, maybe a hundred of those things, and as soon as they find out we're here, this place'll be crawling with them!

      • Harry: That racket sounded like the place was being ripped apart. How were we supposed to know what was going on?
        Ben: Now wait a minute. You just got finished saying you couldn't hear anything down there. Now you say it sounded like the place was being ripped apart. It would be nice if you get your story straight, man.
        Harry: All right, now you tell me! I'm not gonna take that kind of a chance when we've got a safe place! We lock into a safe place, and you're telling us we gotta risk our lives just because somebody might need help, huh?

      • Reporter: Are they slow-moving, chief?

        Sheriff McClelland: Yeah, they're dead. They're all messed up.

      • Ben: (about the house) I'm telling you they can't get in here!

        Harry: And I'm telling you they turned over our car! We were damn lucky to get away at all! Now you're telling me these things can't get through a lousy pile of wood?

      • Ben: Don't you know what's goin' on out there? This is no Sunday School picnic!

      • Ben: (at Harry after he locked the door on him) I ought to drag you out there and feed you to those things!

      • Johnny: (while in the cemetery and in a creepy voice) They're coming to get you, Barbara!

        Barbara: Stop it! You're ignorant!
        Johnny: They're coming for you, Barbara!

      • Sheriff McClelland: Well, there's no problem. If you have a gun, shoot 'em in the head. That's a sure way to kill 'em. If you don't, get yourself a club or a torch. Beat 'em or burn 'em. They go up pretty easy.

    • NOTES (2)

      • The budget for the film was $114,000. Romero and his production company had to fund a little over 40% of the entire film themselves.

      • Due to the small budget and low number of extras, some of the cast had to do double duty being zombies. Marilyn Eastman, who played Helen Cooper, also played the zombie woman who was eating a bug.

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    Horror, Suspense

    Themes

    hostile monsters, high stake situations, town under attack, beings from another world, apocalyptic