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Night of the Living Dead (1968)



Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 2

George A. Romero's debut set the template for the zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

George A. Romero's debut set the template for the zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.



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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


Horror, Classics, Cult Movies

John Russo, George A. Romero

Apr 12, 2005

Continental Distributing Inc.

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If [Romero's] original vision of the undead looks dulled by today's standards, his embedded political commentary on racism feels just as sharp.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Although pic's basic premise is repellent -- recently dead bodies are resurrected and begin killing human beings in order to eat their flesh -- it is in execution that the film distastefully excels.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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George Romero's remarkably assured debut, made on a shoestring, about a group of people barricaded inside a farmhouse while an army of flesh-eating zombies roams the countryside, deflates all genre clichés.

September 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Over its short, furious course, the picture violates so many strong taboos -- cannibalism, incest, necrophilia -- that it leaves audiences giddy and hysterical.

September 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (4)
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I felt real terror in that neighborhood theater last Saturday afternoon. I saw kids who had no resources they could draw upon to protect themselves from the dread and fear they felt.

September 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (5)
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Chuckle, if you can, during the first few minutes; because after that laughter catches in the throat as the clammy hand of terror tightens its grip.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Director George A Romero redefined the meaning of horror for fear-sated audiences in the 1960s with this seminal classic.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Subjects us to the kind of unrelenting nightmare we only wish we could wake up from.

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

It's pitch perfect in writing, mood, and scares, and still holds up to scrutiny, no matter how harsh.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It's a virulent portrait of an America in flux and decay, from the flag billowing near the graveyard at the start to its disturbing depiction of a lynch-mob mentality. But Night also transcends its period through sheer intensity.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The original and the best.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

"Night of the Living Dead" became a seminal film without being a particularly good one. It nudged horror movies away from creepy-but-family-friendly into adult films featuring gruesome violence and nihilistic overtones.

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Oft-copied zombie classic is still intense and gory.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The racial subtext spoke volumes in 1968. Once the zombies start knocking, only a fool would cling to segregation.

May 31, 2010 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Romero saw the enemy, and they are the zombie masses among us. There is nowhere safe to hide.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source:

One of the most nightmarish films ever made, and one that's still hard to laugh off today.

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

George Romero set a new standard for horror with this low-budget opus.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

This little seat-of-the-pants regional production chewed up and spit out taboos like raw meat in a feral feeding frenzy.

July 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

Arguably the greatest horror film ever made - and one of the greatest in any genre - 'Night' is also the ultimate B-movie.

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

There's a brute force in Night of the Living Dead that catches one in the throat.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Seldom have so many pundit parses and public praises owed so much to so little as in the case of the career-launching 'Night of the Living Dead.'

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Comments (11)
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A quarter of a century old and it is still absolutely terrifying.

September 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Night of the Living Dead

With some visually impressive images for it's time, and being one of the first films to have a boarded up home, fighting zombies away, "Night of the Living Dead," to me, was the spark of the genre. So many good films have come from this genre, and even dating all the way back to this picture, it's terrific entertainment. Although it becomes a tad slow at times, it still manages to hold your attention well and send chills down your spine with it's practical effects. The acting is solid for it's time and the story is well played out, but the most commendable thing about this film is it's direction. George A. Romero truly knows how to handle his actors, and each zombie does not feel out of place. All around, it's a great film, albeit simple. "Night of the Living Dead" sets a bright future for this filmmaker!
October 27, 2013
KJ Proulx

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This little low-budget classic set the standard for future horror films. It also kick started the zombie subgenre as we know it today.

The set up of a group of people banding together in an isolated farmhouse during a growing epidemic is simple, but the execution is superb, and anything but simple.

The undertones about racism (intentional or not), add a nice little social commentary to the terrifying and gruesome scenes filled with shocks and suspense, and I love how this is all done so intelligently, makes the most of it's budget and other limitations, and is very memorable, not least of which for some of the groundbreaking things done here, namely the casting, subject matter, effects, and ending. Sure, some of the acting is a little weak, but overall, this is a supremely iconic and important film, so it really is a must-see.
June 27, 2013
Chris Weber

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Despite it has been 54 years since this first came out, 'Night Of The Living Dead' will still be remembered as one of few films that forever changed the Horror genre. George A. Romero's original masterpiece still maintains its punch, especially the unfair fate for a certain character. For those who wish to see when and how zombies became a big part in film and popular culture.
October 12, 2012
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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Zombies have always been a staple for Halloween, so here's one of the better zombie apocalypse films to be made. Night of the Living Dead is the 1968 movie that revolutionized how people view zombies. George Romero, the director, brought to light the slow-moving, unintelligent and relentless nature of a zombie and that's how they are often portrayed. Back when this movie first came out, it was something new for movie-goers. The gore in the movie isn't anything special compared to today's standards, but back then, it terrified people; people in theaters were in absolute shock of what was in the movie. The general story is that a group of people are stuck in a house while fighting off the living dead. The plot is simple, but it works for the time this movie was made. The people in the house together aren't too fond of eachother and it's really about how they're going to work together to survive. But in the end, it's one of those "every man for himself" type of scenarios. It actually does do a good job of producing a feeling of claustrophobia. Being stuck in building with people you hate and living off the idea of getting your brains eaten at anytime is a terrifying experience for the characters and the movie captures that so well. The atmosphere of the movie is something that really needs to be appreciated. There's a really dark and hopeless feel to the movie. It's almost like the movie is saying "Whoever comes across a zombie is fucked." That is a true factor to the movie; people die horribly. The zombies don't just eat people, they flat-out tear the living shit out of them. People innards are seen and there's a surprising amount of blood for the 60's. The issues that I have with the movie is that there is a minor pacing issue near the beginning of the film and some of the acting is pretty bad, but those don't ruin the film for me. I still really like the direction this film took. Romero went all out in displaying violence and playing out the hopelessness of the situation the characters are in. I just have to say that the ending to the movie, not to spoil anything, is very cruel, even to this day. It takes a turn that you don't see coming, but that's what makes it effective. Night of the Living Dead spawned a number of inspirations like sequels and other films where the title consists od "Night of..." This movie may not be my favorite zombie film, but it's a damn good one and it's always worth a watch, especially in October.
October 7, 2012
Tyler Robertson

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    1. Johnny: They're coming to get you Barbara.
    – Submitted by Jacob M (13 months ago)
    1. Ben: I ought to drag you out there and FEED you to those things!
    – Submitted by Bria M (22 months ago)
    1. Newscaster: It has been established that persons who have recently died have been returning to life and committing acts of murder. A widespread investigation of funeral homes, morgues, and hospitals has concluded that the unburied dead have been returning to life and seeking human victims. It's hard for us here to be reporting this to you, but it does seem to be a fact.
    – Submitted by Steven F (23 months ago)
    1. Ben: Now get the hell down in the cellar. You can be the boss down there, but I'm boss up here!
    – Submitted by Steven F (23 months ago)
    1. Johnny: They're coming to get you, Barbara, there's one of them now!
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Johnny: [in a creepy voice] They're coming to get you, Barbara!
    – Submitted by Jake C (2 years ago)
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