Night of the Living Dead


Action / Horror / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 96%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 87%
IMDb Rating 7.8 10 128751

Plot summary

April 20, 2019 at 09:08 PM


George A. Romero

Top cast

George A. Romero as Washington Reporter
Duane Jones as Ben
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
790.42 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 36 min
P/S 4 / 22
1.51 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 36 min
P/S 12 / 93

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by AlsExGal 9 / 10

A great old indy horror film

Along with "Carnival of Souls", this movie stands out as one of the definitive black-and-white horror movies of a bygone drive-in movie era. This movie scared me horribly when I first saw it back in the sixth grade. I had seen other scary movies before, but I think what makes this film so frightening is that there is a somewhat scientific explanation involved and that the horror is occurring to average people. The terror is not due to some supernatural occurrence that we know to be fantasy such as a vampire or some other relic from a 30's or 40's Universal horror film. Also, the drama is playing out in and around a farm house in rural Ohio, not some mythical haunted mansion. This puts you into the dilemma with the players. The fact that such bad acting is in play here just adds to the realism rather than making the film campy.

This movie showed something that could have only occurred pre-Watergate. At one point, the people trapped in the farmhouse discover a television and turn it on in search of news of what is going on. Something almost as remarkable to today's audiences as the dead rising from their graves is seen to occur. In Washington, reporters confront a government official about the situation, the government official tells the reporters the truth, and everyone believes what the government has told them. All of this would be truly remarkable in today's environment of mutual mistrust between citizens, government, and the media. Also, although we don't have actual vampires as the villain here, we have a similar dilemma. As the radiation causes the dead to become animated and seek to eat the flesh of the living, each time a victim is bitten, that victim eventually dies only to rise minutes later seeking the flesh of the living themselves, producing a problem that grows geometrically, just as vampires do.

Finally, this film has something important to say about race. Unique to 60's films, the group in the farmhouse accepts Ben (Duane Jones), an African-American man, as a leader since he is smart and a quick thinker. This portrayal of an African-American as protagonist and problem solver is also unique to films of forty years ago. The ending is quite powerful, and you have to ask yourself, did race have something to do with the actions of the rescue posse? I don't know if this question was hung out there intentionally by the film's creators for the audience to ponder, but it is a point that is almost impossible to ignore.

Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10

Considering the budget was a little over $39.50, it was an amazing film

I have never particularly enjoyed NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, as it's not a genre that I particularly care for--after all, if you've seen one brain-eating zombie film, you've seen them all. However, I strongly commend this film for helping to create the genre as well as getting one of the best examples of an inexpensively produced and excellent film that made a fortune (some others being CARNIVAL OF SOULS and the original LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS). Now I won't go so far as to give the movie a hugely inflated rating like some, after all the acting was at times pretty shabby (particularly by that stupid blonde). But it did have a simple but clever script, good special effects given the budget and time in which it was made, decent direction and scared the crap out of audiences--something many horror films fail to do. If you love the genre, then this is a must. Otherwise, it's not a must-see unless you are making a study of excellent bare-bones film making.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 9 / 10

Classic cinema

John and his sister Barbara go to visit their father's grave out in rural Pennsylvania. They notice a strange man walking. It turns out to be a zombie who attacks John. Barbara escapes to an abandoned farmhouse. Then a black man named Ben arrives. After several attacks from the zombies, a group hiding in the cellar comes out upon hearing the radio. The father insists on hiding in the cellar. His girl had been bitten by a zombie. There is also a teenage couple.

This is a classic not only as horror, but also as indie. It is also important as general cinema. It is that good. It reintroduces zombies into a significant sub-genre in horror. It allows a confident combative black man to be the lead. It rises above its low budget origins. It was a mistake to show this for the little kids which is sometimes the practice of the day. This is definitively an adult movie. It is a serious adult movie.

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Sorry for the cliche, but it's a real masterpiece! in spite of being of terror, it is a 2nd visionary film in the social critics!

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rageinblack April 28, 2019 at 06:57 pm

Finally, I have been waiting for this, thanks!!

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