We love Halloween! We love all the scary movies, books, and games that creep up around this time of year. Out of all the Halloween movies we had during our Halloween Movie Extravaganza we couldn’t agree more on this film as THE film to play on Halloween. Night of the Living Dead is responsible for the modern horror genre that we know and love today. It is culturally ingrained into our entire civilization everywhere we go. Zombies are freaking everywhere!!!
All thanks to George A. Romero. White Zombie was the first zombie film but it was Night of the Living Dead that would open the gates of hell and unleash hordes of undead upon us. Countless movies, books, video games, comic books, clothing, costumes all exist because of this film. There are entire conventions dedicated to the zombie and without Night of the Living Dead there would be no other zombie movies. Imagine a world without those countless campy B movies that invade Netflix, or a world without Evil Dead, 28 Days Later, or worse….a world without… The Walking Dead! (panicked screams!)
The film had a bare bones budget of $116,000 and made $30,000,000! That’s an insane amount of money in 1968. Also the movie went public domain because the distributor Walter Reade Organization accidentally didn’t secure a copyright. Which was a blessing to all of us since other people were able to go out and make more and more of these zombie movies. The zombie is probably the largest horror industry in the world due to this mistake and gave George A. Romero a seat on the Mt. Olympus of Horror!
Made in 1968, Night of the Living Dead would join the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry due to it’s cultural importance. Literally this film is everywhere. The iconic scene where Barbra’s brother says “They’re coming to get you, Barbra!” makes many many cameo appearances in other films. The film itself has become a movie star within itself!
No other film can come close in importance and significance to the horror genre than Night of the Living Dead!
So enjoy our special presentation of the original Night of the Living Dead!
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