George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is a low-budget, homegrown classic that had great difficulty finding a distributor at the time of its release in 1968, and has since become one of the most influential horror films of all time. (Aside from its visceral impact years before realistic gore became the fashion, the film is also important for its portrayal of a black man as the protagonist during a time when race was an extremely sensitive issue in the United States.) The plot is simple: seven people secluded in a Pennsylvania farmhouse face relentless attacks by reanimated corpses seeking to eat their flesh. The group, which includes a married couple and their daughter, a pair of young lovers, and an African-American man, try to keep their sanity as the living dead keep trying to enter the house. Radio news reports tell of the plague taking over the eastern United States, while the ever-decreasing band of survivors rapidly loses ground in the battle to both keep peace with one another and stay alive.
Judith Reilly - Actress, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
Vincent Survinski - Production Designer
Russell W. Streiner - Producer/Actor
Russell Streiner - Producer/Actor
Duane Jones - Actor/"Night Living Dead"
Marilyn Eastman - Actress, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
John A. Russo - Director/Writer/Producer
Jack Russo - Director/Writer/Producer
John Russo - Director/Writer/Producer
George A. Romero - American Horror Director, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
George Romero - American Horror Director, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
William Hinzman - DOP
Karl Hardman - Producer/Actor
Theatrical release: October 1, 1968. Filmed in 1964 in the countryside around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD was director George Romero's first feature film. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD produced two sequels, DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) and DAY OF THE DEAD (1985); one remake, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990); and countless imitations. William Hinzman, who appeared as the Cemetery Zombie at the beginning of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, also served as cinematographer on Romero's THE CRAZIES. The film was made for $114,000.
"...Second only to PSYCHO among influential horror films..." -- Rating: A+ - 11/25/1994 Entertainment Weekly, p.91
"...The best thing is that NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD isn't over-composed -- it just hurtles ahead with all its gruesomeness..." - 03/15/1991 Los Angeles Times, p.F31
"Minted in chilling black and white, George A. Romero's indie classic manages to be scary as hell, funny, and political all at once..." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.11
5 stars out of 5 -- "George Romero's legendary, ultra-low-budget debut remains awesome." - 12/01/2008 Empire, p.197