FP011: “They’re Coming to Get You, Barbara…”


Social Allegory or Zombie Gore Movie? George A. Romero’s taut little horror film proves that a “perfect movie” need not be perfect. Made on a shoestring budget of $114,000 in Pittsburgh, PA and unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in 1968, Night of the Living Dead remains the fount from which all zombie movies have sprung, including several helmed by George A. himself. And while the effects have gotten gorier and the blood flows redder in the newer incarnations, the little B&W epoch remains a groundbreaking epoch in the march of the horror film.

May we add, please, that although there are many DVD versions of Night of the Living Dead available, as well as being able to download it online, the only version we have deemed fit for proper cinematic consumption is the version produced by Elite Entertainment, Inc., as they went to great efforts to go back to the original 35mm negatives and give this film the proper presentation it has not had since 1968!

Erratum: During the program, Geo. refers to one of George A. Romero’s latest films as “Eraser”, which is oh so wrong—the proper title is “Bruiser.” Our apologies to George A. Romero for having people think he directed a big studio film with Arnold Schwarznegger.

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