It's also the first one I saw and my favorite.
I love it so much, I even have these:
I know many of you love this movie too.
So to celebrate Day of the Dead, I invite you to share your thoughts on it.
In a comment, social media message, or email and I'll add it to this post.
I was a little child when my Dad took our family to see this movie at the drive in. I remember him saying "MMM -Bar-B-Que" when the truck blew up and the Zombies had a meal. We all slept on my parents bedroom floor that night.
- Lady M
Yes, a classic! I didn't see it until I was older and just beginning to develop a taste for horror. I think this is still among the best.
- Divers and Sundry
If you have a minute, I invite you to read my quick retrospective on this amazing film that started the modern Zombie craze and was so good, that it's featured in both the Library of Congress and the Criterion Collection!
George A. Romero's 1968 horror masterpiece 'Night of the Living Dead' is not only an utterly terrifying film, but also a brilliant commentary on the state of mid-20th Century America.
At the time the film was made and released, the United States of America was already well into the Vietnam War—a war responsible for the highest death toll of U.S. soldiers off American soil—and the Cold War—a terrifying series of espionage & propaganda-fueled arms and spaces races between the U.S.S.R. and America that repeatedly forced the world to stand still in gripping fear of nuclear destruction.
So, not only was America still reeling from the Red Scare of the prior decade and dealing with a devastating 20-year-long war, but it was also dealing with the hardships of integration and the quickly approaching sexual revolution, both of which are tragically evident in the characters of Ben and Barbara, respectively. Without going into too much detail and thus risk spoiling the film, Ben effectively challenges many of America's racist preconceived notions about African Africans and Barbara both subtly and not-so-subtly attempts to challenge various conventions surrounding of how women should sound, dress and act.
So, if you're interested in learning more about this film, then please watch (or re-watch) it, because it's so much more than just a smart "zombie flick" or even the "first real good zombie flick", but rather, simply put, "a very smart zombie flick".
- Greg Stallion
It has been a few years since I last watched "Night of the Living Dead." I thoroughly enjoyed the film and...well, what a surprise ending! Maybe I should watch it again soon.
I was young when I watched it on late night tv right after a night of trick or treating. Everyone was asleep so I tuned in. I loved it so much I could not help myself the next morning to tell my parents all about it! My mom gave me the best answer "If you think that is good lets watch the Birds" It was the only movie that scared her and well I love that one too!
TCM showed this documentary last Monday and will show it again this Monday.
If you don't get TCM, you can find out where to buy or rent it here.
It was co-hosted by the director, Jenni Gold, who has Muscular Dystrophy like me.
Afterwards she co-hosted three of my favorite movies featuring people with disabilities.
Freaks (1932), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939).
I must share the beginning of her press statement cause I totally relate:
"CinemAbility is in part a love letter to Hollywood, an industry that has consumed my life, and partly a wake-up call. Growing up as a wheelchair user I found many of the representations of people with disabilities on screen to be confusing. I remember every year my family would watch Affair to Remember when it aired on TV and I always found it odd that after Deborah Kerr became a wheelchair user she could no longer pursue the man she loved. I remember hating the sappy Movie of the Week style representations in the 70’s and 80’s. The person in the wheelchair was always syrupy sweet or angry and bitter. It wasn’t until Friday the 13th part 2 came out that I saw a wheelchair user the way I wanted to be seen. He was a cool teenager hanging out in the cabin in the woods just like everyone else, he had a girlfriend just like everyone else, and right before he was about to have the night of his life, he got killed by Jason, just like everyone else. His disability was not the topic and was not a factor in his story line."
I want to see more cool women wheelchair users in all media, especially horror movies.
I want them to be heroes and villains, not just victims. That reminds me of my poem here.
I'm going to post about the few cool women on wheels in horror movies I've seen soon.
While on the subject, I must share this What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) spoof: