Night of the Living Dead (1968) review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 11/22/11
Zombies roam around looking to feed which emanated from radioactive contamination from a space probe that exploded in the Earth's atmosphere. Brother and sister Barbara (Judith O'Dea) and Johnny (Russell Streiner) visit a cemetery when a "ghoul" attacks them. Barbara escapes and is rescued and protected by Ben (Duane Jones). In the cellar Harry (Karl Hardman) and Helen Cooper (Marilyn Eastman), their daughter Karen (Kyra Schon), and a couple Tom (Keith Wayne) and Judy (Judith Ridley) meets Ben.
Sometimes simplicity is the best way to convey a horror film thru tastefully created gore and solid acting. The story is vital to make this picture work. Topics involving survival, leadership, compromise and staying calm in dire situations were well displayed. The film composes of a fascinating score, horrific cinematography and realistic acting. In the words of Helen - "We may not enjoy living together, but dying together isn't going to solve anything." In most cases for popular franchises, the original always stays the best. Night of the Living Dead is a horror classic in every sense that spawned several films, the remakes, prequels and zombie references, which all started with ghouls.