They’re coming for you, Barbara!
This is an amazing film! George A. Romero is truly an amazing screenplay writer and director.
I actually saw the sequel first, Return of the Living Dead, which I also loved. It wasn’t as creepy as this one, but still was very good. The rest of the sequels were stupid though, so don’t waste you time with them.
One of the things that makes this film so revolutionary and a cult classic is that it is one of the first films about zombies to depict them as actual living dead and not mind control, like in White Zombie or Revolt of the Zombies. It also has the zombies being created by radiation instead of controlled by the third eye.
I also love how the zombies are true zombies and not any of these super soldiers they make them to be now. The zombies are living dead, so they move slow as their flesh is rotting. They also are destroyed by by fire or a shot to the head.
It’s a great zombie film!
So the film starts out with Barbara and her brother Johnny going to a cemetery to put flowers on their father’s grave. While they are there, Johnny starts teasing his sister; trying to freak her out. He sees a man approaching and pretends that it is a “ghoul” after her.
It turns out the man is a zombie and he starts to attack her. Johnny tries to help her, but hits his head on a gravestone. Barbara runs away, and holes up in a farmhouse.
Now Barbara is freaked out, but she was pretty awesome in searching out for a knife to protect herself. She ends up being joined by Ben, who stopped at the house when his car runs out of gas.
Ben is pretty awesome as he is a super survivalist. By this time Barbara is pretty much incoherent as she has gone into complete shock.
They are later joined by others trying to escape these attacks. The film switches from being just a horror film, to being one of survival. We see what everyone’s true characters are as they show how they act in intense situations.
The movie is fantastic and has a completely unexpected ending.
That’s it for this fearsome Friday! More posts to come! 5 days ’till Halloween!
Here’s a poster/cover photo I made for my facebook as part of my Halloween countdown
To start Horrorfest from the beginning, go to I Don’t Belong in the World
For the previous post, go to From the Sea Burning With Fire
For more on zombies, go to When Potatoes Go Bad
For more on monster movies, go to I Want Friend Like Me
For more films that spanned sequels, go to Someone Very Special