Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Horror Movies: Night of the Living Dead (1969)

With a smaller budget than most filmmakers blow on catering, George A. Romero and friends made a midnight movie classic that rethinks the classic zombie, creates a palpable sense of dread, and manages to make some bitter points about human society and our futile efforts to create order and save ourselves. The ending is still shocking.

Moreover, Romero never really explains why the dead are coming back to life, which makes it all the scarier. The Night of the Living Dead spawned thousands of remakes, sequels and rip offs, including the oft-forgotten Hard Day's Night of the Living Dead.

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