Monday, May 4, 2009

Review Of The Living Dead

________"Night Of The Living Dead"(1968)_________

Directed By:George A. Romero

Duane Jones(Ben)
Judith O'Dea(Barbra)
Alternate Titles:
Monster Flick
Night of Anubis
Night of the Flesh Eaters
Just some weird little tid bits...

Well the first of 5(So far) horror movies revolving around the dead living again because of a radiation from a satellite. Each of the first three movie's titles all have to do with a time of day like Night, Day, Dawn. But Romero's last two have broken away from that and instead put land and diary.
This is the first movie to really show zombies as they will be perceived from then on out in cinema. Before in movies had people turned into zombies using Voodoo and a two special powders used on people. The first, coup de poudre (powder strike), includes the poison found in puffer fish. The second powder is composed of dissociative like as datura, as shown in "The Serpent and The Rainbow". "White Zombie" one of the earliest zombie movies starring Bela Lugosi depicted zombies as sad looking, shambling humans who are used as slaves.
Now in modern cinema zombies are stumbling walking corpses who cant usually talk and eat flesh/brains of humans and infect the human by biting them and making them into a zombie.(similar to rabies)
Now lets get to the film
This movie starts with Barbra and her brother Johnny go to visit the grave of their father, when Johnny is attacked by a zombie and killed, in a panic she drives off but she accidentally rams the car into a tree. Eventually ends up in a strange abandoned house where main character Ben is. Ben is a African American and is just trying to survive this thing as best he can. Hes a good leader, a sensible person, and pretty god damn bad ass. Him and Barbra stay there as they listen to how bad the situation is. They find out that the dead have been resurrected by radiation from a satellite and are eating people. Anyone who dies during the crisis of causes unrelated to brain damage, will return as a flesh-eating zombie, including anyone who has been bitten by a zombie. The only way to destroy the zombies is to destroy the brain. Barb and Ben are soon joined by several others. They all seem to be taking this badly, ague and behave wildly. They all try to escape this nightmare but fall one by one to the zombies.
The movie is a classic, and is one of my favorite zombie movies and by far is the best out of the series in my opinion. The remakes of this movie ill get to later.
Zombies:3/5(the effects weren't anything amazing in this movie, but it was a very low budget film and the zombies are still cool looking.)
Body Count:
2.)Ben(He gets it the worst..)
4.)Many Many Zombies
5.)Harry Cooper
7.)Helen Cooper
8.)Karen Cooper
5 Garden Shovels out of 5

Tag lines:
"Pits the dead against the living in a struggle for survival!"
"They keep coming back in a bloodthirsty lust for HUMAN FLESH!..."
"They won't stay dead!"
"They're coming to get you...again!"


"They're coming to get you Barbra!"

[Thanks to Electric Frankenstein for clearing up the Anubis thing.]

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