Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Alright I’ll admit it. I strut around the interwebs acting like a zombie connoisseur, using my expertise to write reviews for films. But I myself have never actually watched the film that started it all “Night of the Living Dead”. I feel much shame. Fortunately I was able to rectify this situation.
“Night of the Living Dead” follows a group of survivors penned in a farmhouse who are fighting to stay alive after radiation from a satellite has seemingly brought the dead back to life. And unfortunately they’ve taken a likening to living flesh. Tensions run high as a power struggle quickly divides the group. Will they be able to survive not only the zombies but each other as well?
I’ll start by saying watching a film that’s over 40 years old reminds you of how much the art of film making has evolved over the years. This film was truly a milestone in many different regards, and gave birth to what zombies are thought of as today. That being said it was a 40 year old independent film and was just teeming with jump cuts, cheesy acting, and long boring drawn out sequences that involved hammering 20 or so boards up on the windows and doors. So if you’re looking for non stop excitement you might want to think of looking elsewhere. It did however do a great job of building tension with the conflict between characters. The ending was also very unexpected and left you feeling disappointed and satisfied all at once. I can see how this film 40 years ago would of been revolutionary and would blow people away back then. Unfortunately/fortunately we’ve become accustomed to the evolution of film and it’s quality that a film like this can lose some of it’s impact. But it’s still better than more then half the zombie crap we have to watch.
Best Lines: “They’re coming to get you Barbara”
“I ought to drag you out there and feed you to those things”
Best Weapon: Molotov