Night of the Living Dead (1968) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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  • Release Date:  1968
  • Genre:  Zombie
  • Director:  George A. Romero
  • Screenwriter:  George A. Romero, John A. Russo
  • Cast & Crew: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley, Kyra Schon, Charles Craig, S. William Hinzman, George Kosana, Frank Doak, Bill Cardille, A.C. McDonald, Samuel R. Solito, and Mark Ricci.

Night of the Living Dead (1968) Rating:

  • Dylan = 10 / 10;
  • Eloise = 5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8 / 10;
  • Andrew = 9 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.9/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes =8.8/10.

Night of the Living Dead (1968) Synopsis:

A young woman who barely escaped a zombie attack finds refuge with other survivors into a country house.

Night of the Living Dead (1968) Review:

Night of Living Dead is probably the most cult zombie movie ever made, and the one that started the career of the zombie master Georges Romero, who does not need any introduction.

The action in the first hour is pretty slow, with not much happening and when it happens, it does rather slowly (I guess it makes sense as it is about zombie J). This makes the film looks quite simplistic at first. But there is more than that, instead of focusing on the action, Night of the Living Dead plays really cleverly with the psychological tension between the characters and me often found myself considering whether the characters’ choices were the good ones, who is right and who is wrong, and whether or not I would have done the same.

The great acting plays a big part at keeping the spectator interested, with a special mention for the actress who played Barbra (Judith O’Dea) and who gave a very convincing performance of what it is like to be going crazy.

The ending is absolutely stunning, making Night of the Living Dead a wonderful movie, but that can slightly disappoint those expecting too much.

Night of the Living Dead Fanspeak

Dustin Reynolds

opie159@aol.com

RE: Night of the Living Dead- 1968

T4: NOTLD68 was one of the first horror movies I ever saw. It propelled me to find more movies like it. When I saw NOTLD90 I about died. I loved it also. The two versions were very similar. But what set apart the two versions, in my opinion, was the ending. I live for endings. Sure the characters were a little different (except Barbara who was completly different) and NOTLD90 was in color, but in NOTLD68 they all died. This was unbelievable. I like to write short horror stories and NOTLD68 influenced me to kill off everyone including the hero, which has caused me to recieve proficient and distinguished scores on my writings at school. To wrap it up, Night of the Living Dead- 1968 is a classic and nothing will ever beat it, in my opinion.

Dustin Reynolds


jamie ulaylia gala

galajl@po.muohio.edu

RE: NOTLD 68

Anxiously waiting for the film to come on, 19 and have never laid eyes on any of romero’s work. As the black and white film covered the screen I wasn’t sure what to expect, Barbara’s voice and face caught my eye, I see why she was chosen for the part, she was perfect for a horror film.

From the time they drove into the cemetery till the end where Ben is shot, I was tense with my heart beating wildly and my legs twitching hoping for some kind of resting point to exhale and release the tension in my body. Using the house as the point of safety was a brilliant idea. Being in something that is surrounded by living death is quite disturbing, especially when there are enemies in the house that is supposed to be the point of safety, let alone live enemies.

Romero’s natural ability for reaching the viewer’s inner fears is very obviously shown in this horror film. I applaud his work and have strong emotions now about this peice of work.

jamie


Nate

nzenner@hotmail.com

RE: Night of The Living Dead

I have never been scared by a movie like I was by this one. I saw this movie for the first time with the wind howling outside while I was hudled close to the small TV, afraid of what might be lurking in the woods, and fields just outside, and of my parents upstairs! I was ten years old, and not allowed to watch horror movies .

We livied in a rural area which could have easily doubled as the set for the movie. a small UHF station aired” Night of The Living Dead” around Halloween time. Since I was not supposed to watch it, I had the sneek and watch it on a small black and white TV. I sat on the floor of my bedroom with a blanket over my self and the TV so my parents would not see the light of the TV coming from my room. I was very frightened by the movie, and hey I still am just a bit. Over the past 12 years after having seen it for the first time I have realized what a great piece of film work this movie was If it had been filmed in color it would not have been nearly as effective. It’s strange to say about a horror film that terrified me, but there is a special spot for “Night of The Living Dead” in my heart.

Nate


Carey

JustRidn@aol.com

RE: Night of the Living Dead

Being a screenwriter in the greatest genre known to mankind, I constantly study macabre cinema. I look for inspiration from the classics, both young and old. To this day, that inspiration for me is still Night of the Living Dead. Thirty years have gone by, and I have yet to experience a more powerful, visceral, and intelligent scarefest. It was and still is the quintessential modern horror film.

Let’s forget for a moment all the sociopolitical interpretations the film is laced with where most critics have praised it’s genius. Here you have this small team of young, aspiring filmmakers, with a miniscule budget, and a great B movie idea for their first project. They set a goal to create a scary, intelligent, and well made film with the limited expenses they had. And the master himself, Mr. Romero, whom horror fans were not yet acquainted with, gave us just that . And much, much more. These guys sat down over a couple of beers one night, said to one another, we can do this. And over a year later, they’re all together at the local drive inn, watching their movie.

Not much later, it’s recognized by all us serious horror fans as the godfather, and then it gets invited into the Museum of Modern Art. As if that’s not motivating enough, then I sit down and watch the film for the first time when I was a teenager. Not only do I consider this film to be the finest the genre has to offer, but one of the greatest movies in cinema history, period. I know, most of you will say Evil Dead is the best, and it is up there on my list, probably a close second. But just remember, if Romero hadn’t given the world this masterpiece, would there ever have been an Evil Dead? I doubt it. Think about your favorite horror films that you’ve watched over a hundred times, and then pick the one that would still be difficult to watch alone, at night in a dark house. I did that, and Night of the Living Dead is still the one I have trouble getting to sleep to after viewing. Thanks George, you encouraged me to make a career decision…….And by the way, congratulations on this site. It’s fangtastic!

Carey

Severen

severen_666@hotmail.com

RE: Night Of The Living Dead 90

Having recently watched Tom Savini’s remake of Night Of The Living Dead again I must say that in my opinion not only is it a great film in it’s own right (whether you are a fan of the original or not) but it is so good in fact that it gives film fans hope that the word remake needn’t necessarily be cause for revulsion and in fact it can be done, and as is the case with Night Of The Living Dead, even surpass the original. The fact is even after seeing it a few times now it always manages to blow me away just like it did the first time, and it has become not only my favourite of the Dead films (closely followed by Dawn Of The Dead) but I think it’s the best ‘zombie’ flick ever..

The cast, especially the brilliant (and totally underrated) Tony Todd and stunt woman turned (quite talented) actress Patricia Tallman were nothing short of superb, the only weak link being the miscast Tom Towles rather poor (and slightly irritating) performance, while Savini’s direction was superb in generating just the right atmosphere and is without fault (just imagine what the film would have been like if he had been given free reign to make it how he wanted to…). And of course as you would expect from a film bearing Tom Savini’s name the fx are superb (even though not done by Savini himself), in fact they may well be the best zombies ever committed to film.

A special mention also has to go to the musical score by Paul McCollough that must surely be one of the most atmospheric, powerful scores heard in a horror film in recent years and is almost a triumph in itself.

To anyone scared about seeing this film because of their love for the original, or who thinks that the word remake means instant crap I urge you to check out this film, I know it’s a cliche but I honestly believe that no true horror fan should miss seeing this one.

Severen


Julie

RE: My opinion

Personaly I loved the remake of NOTLD. Not only did it reflect the original beautifuly, but it also had changes that the fans would enjoy. I think Romero is a master when it comes to the “living dead” movies. He made each movie a diffrent situation, and at diffrent moments of the event. In my opinion, NOTLD was the start of it all. The setting was in a open land area with a low population.

It showed that it was simple to defeat the dead having a large amount of people and ammo. The begining setting of Dawn of the Dead showed me how things would change in a matter of days, and the affect of it in a big city. Also taking refuge in a mall instead of a house. The ending showed a bit of hope. Now, Day of the Dead showed me the turn out of it all after around 2 months. It showed how even our stern goverment, and our scientist couldn’t get us out of this one. This one of the three was my favorite. The end shows a bit of hope which I think would have been best with out.

Horror fiend forever,

Julie

P.S. Love the pics.


Josh Fobell

Cybergoth010@Hotmail.Com

RE: NOTLD90

This remake astounded me and drove the original past the boundries…The new cast and crew not only remade the original, but brought it back to life for all of us here in the 90’s. The soundtrack really drew me and I’m sure, everyone else into the drama and set the mood for the return “of the recently deceased”. I applaud Romeroand his sidekick for bringing us this dark and eerie look into what chaos and terror can strike a poor town out of the reach of the rest of humanity. Thank You Everyone!

Josh Fobell

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