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Night of the Living Dead (1968)



Critic Consensus: 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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A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

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Judith O'Dea
as Barbara
Marilyn Eastman
as Helen Cooper
Bill Heinzman
as Cemetery Ghoul
Charles Craig
as Newscaster/Ghoul
David Lee Hartman
as Ghoul/Reporter
Frank Doak
as Scientist
George Kosana
as Sheriff McClelland
S. William Hinzman
as Cemetery Zombie
Bill Cardille
as Reporter
Mark Ricci
as Washington Scientist
George A. Romero
as Washington Reporter (uncredited)
John A. Russo
as Washington Reporter/Ghoul (uncredited)
Al Croft
as Ghoul
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Critic Reviews for Night of the Living Dead

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (10)

Romero conjures moments of eeriness and dread throughout, keeping the lighting low and the special effects to a minimum, though there will be blood, fire, cannibalism and a great deal of death.

October 24, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
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The immediate, quasi-documentary feel, a result of budgetary constraints, actually served the film's horror, jolting audiences because it all seemed just a little too real.

October 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Night of the Living Dead

A landmark in so many ways, still capable of inducing horror - and to do so after countless years, after countless viewings. One of the greatest horror films ever. The cheapie production values only add to the sense of inescapable doom.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Romero's first film - and his first zombie movie - is creepy, gory and realistic, with an extremely disturbing atmosphere, an incredibly sharp sociopolitical commentary and a terrifying ending, even though the acting is not that good and the plot feels a bit repetitive.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A family, a man, and a woman hold up in a farmhouse as they try to survive an attack of zombies. I should forgive this 1968 classic for its poor special effects, its misogyny, its predictable character types, it plot holes, its overwrought performances, and its lack of any ethical raison d'etre. But I don't. The female characters are all useless fools, and why doesn't the old lady in the attic ever wake up and attack the group of survivors? If the dead are walking and she's dead, why isn't she walking? Was her brain damaged? If so, that wasn't clear. Overall, while it's a horror classic, there have been improvements on this genre that have made it archaic.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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