1. Night of the Living Dead, 1968
2. Written by: George Romero and John Russo – Directed by: George Romero – Produced by: Karl Hardman and Russell Streiner – Distributed by: The Walter Reade Organization
3. I’ve viewed this film, numerous times, mostly at home.
4. Target audience: Horror movie fans
5. Night of the Living Dead is considered an independent film as it was made with the mere budget of $114,000. Due to the incredibly small budget, all artistic control was maintained by the writers/producers/director. For example, while shopping for a distributor, Romero turned down offers from Columbia and American International Pictures in order to keep the gore and ending in tact. Romero has been quoted as saying, “Everyone want[ed] a Hollywood ending, but we stuck to our guns.”
6: Film Description: Chaos descends upon rural Pennsylvania as the dead rise and begin feasting on any and all human flesh. Speculation as to why this is happening rests on a radiation-covered NASA satellite returning from Venus, but the cause of the situation means little when trying to survive. The plot thickens when the protagonists discover that anyone who is killed, sans major head trauma, will return as a flesh-eating zombie, including anyone who was merely bitten by the infected. Additionally, the only way to stop the zombies is to destroy their brains. Amongst these circumstances, a small group of characters take refuge in an abandoned farmhouse while trying to survive the night. Their only hope rests on getting some gasoline from a nearby pump into a truck that is running on empty, but this requires braving the hordes of ravenous walking corpses outside. When they finally put their plans into action, panic and personal tensions only add to the terror as they try to survive.
7. Technical Considerations: The film was shot in black-and-white on 35mm film due to budget constraints. However, the grainy look of the film actually appeals to the story line, giving the film the feel of a documentary. It’s as if the audience is watching real-time footage of society rapidly losing its stability, adding to the drama and horror of the film.