Night of the Living Dead(1968)(Review)[Flashback Fridays]
In 1968, George Romero and a group of friends got a little bit of money together to make a feature. What happened then was a simple tale of a group of people trapped in a farmhouse as a herd of the living dead attempted to find their way inside. At the time this was something completely absurd.
Romero is the maestro behind today’s zombie, he even wrote the rules – shoot them in the head, if you get bit you turn, they slowly shamble and do not talk, and so on. And in 1968 this was groundbreaking. Horror films existed before this, but this one was on an entirely different level. It was visceral and gory, whereas most horror at the time was about monsters, radiation, and large animals, this one showcased the horrors of other people through a medium besides the slasher. it's still tense as it was back then.
The grandfather of the living dead made a film that is just as haunting and mesmerizing today as it was 50 years ago. The Criterion Collection has given this film a complete 4k restoration on a collector’s edition blu ray which is absolutely beautiful. Besides being in black & white, it looks as if this film could have been filmed just a few years ago.
Romero would go on to perfect his living dead saga crafting a total of 6 video entries and 1 post-humus novel. Throughout the times the stories would go on to reflect the problems of the times, while using zombies as the catch-one metaphor for the consistent placement of the human race through the issues. Although many would argue that his follow-ups ‘Dawn’ and ‘Day’ are arguably his better films – because of better budgets, technology, special effects, world building, etc. – there is no denying the power that the original still has today. This is an absolute must-see for any fan of the genre. It’s one of my favorites.
‘Night of the Living Dead’ is now streaming on Shudder.
‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra