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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

Starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne
Directed by George A. Romero
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

An onslaught of ravenous zombies out to devour their victims forces a group of strangers to barricade themselves inside an abandoned house for survival.

Impressively assembled for an independent movie, and groundbreaking as an inspiration for countless films to follow, this is a justifiably lauded classic.  However, I can't quite commit to unyielding praise of the movie, as it is likely responsible for ushering in a horde of films seeking to be as shocking without the same level of imagination as previous efforts.  The filmmakers should be praised for their casting of an African-American as their central protagonist, devoid of any stereotypes, which countless filmmakers should have done far earlier, and the gripping realism of the zombies' attacks.  Still, I can't quite endorse their guiding of horror films down a new and disturbing path.

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