Saturday, March 19, 2016
DVD Review: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
Directed by George A. Romero
Distributed by Cheezy Flicks
If you consider yourself a true horror fan, then there is no possible way you have never heard or seen George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Most people consider this film to be the first true zombie film, and it is definitely the film that ushered in the modern zombie film. Here is the basic plot from the Cheezy Flicks website:
Barbra and Johnny visit their father's grave in a remote cemetery when they are suddenly set upon by zombies. Barbra manages to get away and takes refuge in what seems to be an abandoned farm house. She is soon joined by Ben who stopped at the house in need of gad. Beset by the walking dead all around them Ben does his best to secure the doors and windows. The news reports are grim however with creatures returning to life everywhere. Barbra and Ben are surprised when they realize there are 5 people hiding out in the basement: Harry, Helen, and Judy Copper; and a young couple, Tom and Judy. Dissension sets in almost immediately with Harry Cooper wanting to be in charge. As their situation deteriorates, their chances of surviving the night lessen minute by minute.
While there are many releases of this zombie classic, I have to say that this is my favorite cover art of any of the NOTLD releases to date. I love the simplicity of the title on the gravestone and the single skeleton hand rising from the grave. I doubt I really need to talk much about the film itself, as most everyone has seen it I would hope. It is a classic zombie film that doesn't need the blood and gore like more modern zombie films. What it lacks in gore it makes up for in atmosphere and suspense. This is such an important part of film history, and a copy of this DVD belongs in every horror collectors collections for sure.
One other reason for picking up this release is an exclusive interview with George Romero as a special feature on this DVD. It's a lot of fun and lets you see the lighter side of Mr. Romero.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is available now for only $5 from Cheezy Flicks! Grab your copy today!
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
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