For Halloween, I thought I’d go with the big daddy. One of the kings of them all. Grandfather of one of the most popular subgenres of horror today. I’m talking, of course, about George Romero’s classic, Night of the Living Dead.
Now THIS is a legendary film. When it comes to modern zombies, it’s the one that started it all. And it’s still fantastic. It also happens to be in the public domain (see below), so for this Halloween take a gander back at a flick you probably haven’t seen in a while:
Some things to note:
* When I spoke to Russell Streiner (Billy) several years ago for a feature on the 2005 Fangoria convention, he told me the movie doesn’t hold up just because of the zombies. “Night of the Living Dead, as odd as it may seem, there’s a lot of human drama that went into it. One of the things that made it successful is that it focused on telling a story.” And he’s right.
* The film is in the public domain only due to a quirk in the law.
* Because it’s in the public domain, there are literally dozens of DVD releases available. Don’t get suckered into one of the cheap knock-off DVDS. There is only one version worth getting.
* A huge, huge influence on The Walking Dead.
* Happy Halloween!