Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

Judith O'Dea
Director: George A. Romero Cast: Judith O'Dea
Judith O'Dea
, Russ Streiner
Russ Streiner
, Duane Jones
Duane Jones
George A. Romero

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Overview

When unexpected radiation raises the dead, a microcosm of Average America has to battle flesh-eating zombies in George A. Romero's landmark cheapie horror film. Siblings Johnny (Russ Streiner) and Barbara (Judith O'Dea) whine and pout their way through a graveside visit in a small Pennsylvania town, but it all takes a turn for the worse when a zombie kills Johnny. Barbara flees to an isolated farmhouse where a group of people are already holed up. Bickering and panic ensue as the group tries to figure out how best to escape, while hoards of undead converge on the house; news reports reveal that fire wards them off, while a local sheriff-led posse discovers that if you "kill the brain, you kill the ghoul." After a night of immolation and parricide, one survivor is left in the house.... Romero's grainy black-and-white cinematography and casting of locals emphasize the terror lurking in ordinary life; as in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963), Romero's victims are not attacked because they did anything wrong, and the randomness makes the attacks all the more horrifying. Nothing holds the key to salvation, either, whether it's family, love, or law. Topping off the existential dread is Romero's then-extreme use of gore, as zombies nibble on limbs and viscera. Initially distributed by a Manhattan theater chain owner, Night, made for about 100,000 dollars, was dismissed as exploitation, but after a 1969 re-release, it began to attract favorable attention for scarily tapping into Vietnam-era uncertainty and nihilistic anxiety. By 1979, it had grossed over 12 million, inspired a cycle of apocalyptic splatter films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), and set the standard for finding horror in the mundane. However cheesy the film may look, few horror movies reach a conclusion as desolately unsettling.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2018
UPC: 0715515210119
Original Release: 1968
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 10,690

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration supervised by Director George A. Romero, Co-Screenwriter John A. Russo, Sound Engineer Gary R. Streiner, and Producer Russell W. Streiner; New restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary Streiner and presented uncompressed; Night of Anubis a never-before-presented work print edit of the film; New program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez; Never-before-seen 16mm dailies reel; New program featuring Russo on the commercial and industrial-film production company where key Night of the Living Dead filmmakers got their start; Two Audio Commentaries from 1994 featuring Romero, Russo, Producer Karl Hardman, actor Judith O'Dea; Archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley; New programs about the film's style and score; New interview program about the direction of ghouls, featuring members of the cast and crew; New interviews with Gary Streiner and Russell Streiner; Newsreels from 1967; Trailer, Radio Spots, and TV Spots; Plus: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judith O'Dea Barbara
Russ Streiner Johnny
Duane Jones Ben
Karl Hardman Harry
Keith Wayne Tom
Judith Ridley Judy
Marilyn Eastman Helen
Kyra Schon Karen
Charles Craig Newscaster
Bill Hinzman Cemetery Zombie
John Simpson Actor
Rossie Harris Actor
George A. Romero Washington Reporter (uncredited)
John A. Russo Washington Military Aide,Zombie in House (uncredited)

Technical Credits
George A. Romero Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Original Story,Screenwriter
Marilyn Eastman Makeup
Karl Hardman Makeup,Producer
Tony Pantanello Special Effects
John A. Russo Screenwriter
Russ Streiner Producer
Regis Survinski Special Effects
Vincent Survinski Production Designer

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