Night of the Living Dead
Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 1, 1968
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: George A. Romero's debut set the template for the zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.

April Wolfe
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Elliott Stein
Village Voice

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Carve[s] open the guts of American culture, using violence and even the horror genre itself as a tool rather than an end.

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Amos Barshad
New York Magazine/Vulture

If [Romero's] original vision of the undead looks dulled by today's standards, his embedded political commentary on racism feels just as sharp.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Over its short, furious course, the picture violates so many strong taboos -- cannibalism, incest, necrophilia -- that it leaves audiences giddy and hysterical.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Director George A Romero redefined the meaning of horror for fear-sated audiences in the 1960s with this seminal classic.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Subjects us to the kind of unrelenting nightmare we only wish we could wake up from.

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