Best Zombie Movies – Romero film Night of the Living Dead

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One of the best zombie movies of all time, this American movie classic from 1968 is among the best horror movies. It revolutionized the horror film genre introducing “slasher” movies.

First George A. Romero film, it gave start to the career of a legendary horror movie director who would create some of the best scary movies of all time.

One of the best independent films, it was also one of the cheapest, made on a budget of $114,000. It became known as one of the most profitable when this zombie film reported over $30 million in receipts.

Best Zombie Movies - Romero Films Night of the Living Dead

Best Zombie Movies – Plot Teaser

In America in 1960s 7 people close themselves up in a rural house in an attempt to escape from walking dead.

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What is so special about George A. Romero’s film Night of the Living Dead? Gore, blood and horrific killing scenes were new to the audience of the 1968, but our generation is quite used to them. What makes this movie stand out and proudly wear the title of one of the best horror movies of all time?

George A. Romero, horror movie director, and his co-creators were very limited by budget. For that reason there were no costly zombie special effects, one of the best independent films of all time was shot in black and white on a small camera in a documentary style, zombies were filmmakers’ friends, blood was a chocolate sauce and chunks of meat and intestines were donated by a butcher.

The team of creators developed a strong story with believable characters who had believable reactions to unbelievable events.

That seemed to be the magic formula that turned this independent film project into one of the best zombie movies of all time.

Big name distributors wanted changes before they would show the movie – delete shocking violence, add a love story and a happy ending. But if you are in a house surrounded by zombies, romance is the last thing on your mind and a happy ending is not a given. Gore makes this George A. Romero film scary. Realistic human reactions make this American movie classic and iconic.

In the end, George A. Romero found a small distribution company that would leave the zombie movie intact and eventually make a killing on it. Horror movie director and his team saw very little of that money, but they saw how The Night of the Living Dead became one of the best horror movies of all time.

George A. Romero film came out before the MPAA code was introduced, so the viewers didn’t know exactly what kind of zombie film The Night of the Living Dead was. Roger Ebert, top movie critic, recalls attending a screening upon the horror movie’s release, “There were maybe two dozen people in the audience who were over 16 years old. The rest were kids… The movie had stopped being delightfully scary about halfway through, and had become unexpectedly terrifying…”

The public was outraged. The zombie movie was called “orgy of sadism”, “junk movie” and “really silly” by country’s top critics. Teenage movie-goers in the drive-ins loved it.

30 years later, one of the best scary movies of all time was included by the Library of Congress in the list of films to be preserved in the National Film Registry as “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”.

Best Zombie Movies - Fun Facts

  • This George A. Romero film defined the word “zombie” as we know it today. Prior to horror movie’s release, “zombie” (from Haitian Creole zonbi) was a corpse controlled by a living person using voodoo or some other magic. Legendary horror movie director himself referred to the zombies in his first film as “ghouls, flesh eaters”.
  • The Night of the Living Dead film is now in public domain due to a copyright error by the distribution company. It is among the "free" classic films.

Best Zombie Movies - Movie Recommendation

Don’t be fooled by the fact that one of the best zombie movies ever is over 40 years old. It is considered one of the best horror movies not for nothing.

To appreciate the impact this American movie classic had on the art of film, picture the society 40 years ago, when “slasher” movies didn't exist.

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