Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

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12 February 2004 | MovieAddict2016
Horror Classic...
Note: There will be a full review of "Night of the Living Dead" coming soon, but until then, here's this, which will probably be deleted after I write a full-lenghth one.

Night of the Living Dead

Classic "zombie movie that started them all" about a young lady visiting a graveyard who seeks refuge in a nearby home with an assortment of various other passersby who find strange creatures attacking them from outside the house. Extremely low-budget and occasionally laughable in terms of flaws, George A. Romero's classic movie is riveting, horrifying and, quite simply, a classic of the genre. The primary inspiration for M. Night Shyamalan's hit film "Signs" (2002). An amazing horror film that proves you don't always need huge budgets and special effects to scare an audience.

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Trivia

The lightning effects were pulled off shooting closeups with the lights they had on set turned all the way up, almost whiting out objects or actors they are close to. They then cut away from medium or long shots to these closeups then back again along with a thunder sound effect to complete it. Closeups were used, because the lights they had weren't strong enough to fill any shots that were wider. Likewise, the only reason they decided to add the lightning effects was because it began to drizzle on the day they filmed at the cemetery. Russo notes they added the lightning effects in case the camera picked up the rain.


Quotes

Barbara: They ought to make the day the time changes the first day of summer.
Johnny: What?
Barbara: Well it's eight o' clock and it's still light.
Johnny: A lot of god the extra daylight does us, you know we've still got a three hour drive back, we're not going to be home until ...
Barbara: ...


Goofs

As Ben informs Barbara that the house is secure and all windows have been sealed up, a plain, uncovered, unsecured window is visible right behind him.


Crazy Credits

The credits play over still frames of the hunters dragging Ben out of the house with meat hooks. After the credits, there's a short scene of the hunters setting a pile of zombies on fire.


Alternate Versions

Despite being billed as the 'Collectors Edition' and containing many extras the UK Contender DVD appears to be missing several sequences including most of the cannibalism scenes following the attack on the car, as well as heavily reducing the trowel murder from 14 blows to 3. None of these cuts were imposed by the BBFC as all video/DVD releases in the UK have always been uncut.


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Eerie Heavy Echo (L-1204)
(uncredited)
Music by
Spencer Moore

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