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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)


OVERALL SCORE

4.5300 Stars

BEST ZOMBIE KILL:

A ghoul's skull is impaled with a tire iron.


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This is the movie that started it all. George A. Romero and John Russo's 'Night of the Living Dead'. This film has become a horror and cult classic. Who can forget the timeless line “They're coming to get you Barbara...” ?

This movie was created back in the late 1960's, and still holds it's own today. The mood established in this film is enough to give anybody the creeps, even in this day and age. The dark atmosphere, the sence of hopelessness and the overall feeling of utter despair are some things that not many films can duplicate these days. And although there is much more gore in today's horror films, it doesn't make up missing so many of these crucial elements.

This film is brilliantly acted in all aspects. You can almost yourself feel what each character's thoughts and feelings must be throughout this story. Barbara (Judith O'Dea) is superb as the screaming, and slightly crazy, damsil. Her ability to portray even the smallest of actions as that of a desperate and frantic woman is simply grand. Not only Barbara, but each character in themselves is a great illustration of the films desperate and uneasy plot.

Due to mishaps and mistakes in the final preparations previous to this movie's release, including a last minute name change from 'Night of the Flesh Eaters' to 'Night of the Living Dead', it was never properly copyrighted. As a result, none of the people involved got anywhere near the amount of money for creating it that they deserved. This is also the reason that there are more than twenty releases available today, since it cost's nothing to release the movie.

There has also been a re-release of the original, which was colorized. Although it is a different experience in color, the atmosphere and mood seem to change more than it is worth. The colors in this version are decent, with some exceptions. The reds used for the car and blood are much to bright, and the gore seems a little too pinkish. Also, the flesh tones look like they have a latex or plastic texture rather than natural skin. Other than that the colors are okay.

This is a great film that everyone should see, but make sure that it's the original B/W and not the colorized version if you have not seen it before. The whole experience will be ruined if you don't see the original untouched film first.


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