Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 independent black-and-white zombie film directed by George A. Romero.
This is the movie that started it all. Today, it is considered to be one of the most significant horror movies of all time.
Made on a very low budget, Night of the Living Dead was the first feature-length film directed by George A. Romero and in it you can see the influence of the horror and science-fiction films of the 1950s in Romero’s directorial style.
Ben (Duane Jones) and Barbra (Judith O’Dea) are the protagonists of a story about the mysterious reanimation of the recently dead, and their efforts, along with five other people, to survive the night while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse.
This movie truly was ahead of its time for its make-up and visual effect and was heavily criticized for its explicit content.
An interesting fact about the movie: The MPAA film rating system was not in place until November 1968, so even young children were not prohibited from purchasing tickets. And when the movie premiered on October 1, 1968. there were children present in the audience that were truly shocked from what they saw!
When you watch the movie today it has the ability to scare and shock the viewer and just imagine the impact it had on the audience over 40 years ago. The movie had several re-makes and has spawned a whole new genre of zombie-apocalypse horror movies.
George Romero made several sequels to the movie in his “Dead” series, each having a significant role in the development of the zombie genre, but Night of the living dead will go down in history as the one that started it all!