US 96m, B&W
Director: George Romero; Cast: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley, Kyra Schon
Historically, Night of the Living Dead is notable for its portrayal of an African-American lead actor who is depicted as a hero amongst an otherwise all Caucasian cast. The film is also one of the first truly terrifying films which had a level of realism not normally associated with the horror genre. Despite the fact that zombies had been previously been depicted in cinema, the modern zombie genre was born with Night of the Living Dead, which has since spawned numerous sequels, re-makes and copycat films. Inspired by Richard Matheson’s novel “I Am Legend”, which recounts the tale of the last survivor of worldwide epidemic, Romero’s re-invention of the story depicts the beginning of a similar epidemic which is responsible for the reanimation of the dead who attack and eat the living, further spreading the disease, but with an outcome which is left unresolved and open to interpretation (Klaus Ming February 2011).