Night of the Living Dead
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This film tells the story of a small town community theatre troupe who are premiering Mrs. Frankenstein -- a bombastic original musical -- during the annual Halloween celebration. Following a bizarre event which causes the town to be overrun by a horde of zombies, the remaining survivors barricade themselves in the theatre, fighting for their lives. The ensemble cast features a variety of quirky characters, including a former soap star, a b-movie action hero, an alcoholic who quotes Shakespeare, a starlet hoping to make it to Broadway and the awkward young man who pines for her. Together, they… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If [Romero's] original vision of the undead looks dulled by today's standards, his embedded political commentary on racism feels just as sharp."
‑ Amos Barshad, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Over its short, furious course, the picture violates so many strong taboos -- cannibalism, incest, necrophilia -- that it leaves audiences giddy and hysterical."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Director George A Romero redefined the meaning of horror for fear-sated audiences in the 1960s with this seminal classic."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"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."
‑ , Total Film
"Oft-copied zombie classic is still intense and gory."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Subjects us to the kind of unrelenting nightmare we only wish we could wake up from."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"The original and the best."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"The racial subtext spoke volumes in 1968. Once the zombies start knocking, only a fool would cling to segregation."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"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."
‑ Elliott Stein, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"It's pitch perfect in writing, mood, and scares, and still holds up to scrutiny, no matter how harsh."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
""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."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Romero saw the enemy, and they are the zombie masses among us. There is nowhere safe to hide."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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