NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Review

This is a Review of One of the Greatest Zombie Movies of All Time, George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.  This was The First of the Great Zombie Series from George A. Romero, even though the Term Zombie is Never Used in this Movie.  Like THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE this movie got a lot of criticism from critics so it was primarily had a Drive In release and became a Cult Classic through word of mouth.

The Movie starts off with brother and sister, Barbra and Johnny go to visit their Grandfathers grave.  At the Grave they are attacked by a old pale man, who eventually kills Johnny.  Barbra makes it back to the car and slowly gets away by putting it in Neutral and coasting down a hill.  There’s great tension as the old man beats at the car window with a rock. 

She escapes to an old abandoned farmhouse where she finds the corpses of the owners inside and is terrified enough to head back outside!!  Outside she finds more pale ghouls, or “zombies” as they are refered to in later installments by Romero. Suddenly the Hero of the Movie, Ben played by Duane Jones, arrives in a pickup truck and gets her back inside to hold themselves up until they can think of a plan!!  Barbra becomes catatonic as Ben Runs around boarding up the windows and doors.

After securing their new hide out, Ben investigates the rest of the house and finds more people are hidden in the cellar.  Down there is the Cooper parents and their Daughter Karen along with a young couple Tom and Judy!!  Also they find a radio that Ben finds an emergency bulletin that states the epidemic is taking over the entire east coasts.  After hearing the news Harry Cooper the father and Ben argue about whether to stay down in the cellar.  Harry states it’s the safest place in the house, but Ben says without an exit it is a deathtrap.  Ben Convinces Tom and Judy to join him and Barbra upstairs but the Coopers retreat back to the basement.

Upstairs They find a Television that tells of Safe Zones throughout the Nation.  Ben decides their best bet will be to take his Truck to the Nearest safe zone, but they will need fuel.  He and Tom make a dash for the pickup and drive it to the farmhouse pump as Harry throws Malitov cocktails from the upstairs windows.  Judy worries for Tom at the Pump and runs out to save him.  Tom spills some of the gas and the truck goes up in flames, Tom and Judy drive it away from the pump before it explodes killing them both.

Harry in a moment of cowardice betrays Ben by locking the door keeping him outside.  Ben has to kick down the door and beats the crap out of Harry for leaving him to die.  Then on the tv the  news broadcasts that a gunshot or severe damage to the brain will kill the animated corpses, which is the main idea on how to defeat them in all the Romero Zombie Movies. 

While Ben is listening to the broadcast Harry gets Ben’s rifle and threatens to shoot him while he fends off several zombies.  Ben wrestles the gun away from Harry and shoots him as the zombies attack Barbra and Helen through the windows.  Ben crawls downstairs dying from his wounds to check on his daughter one last time.

Helen breaks free from the zombies and makes her way as well to the cellar.  There she finds her daughter Karen has turned from the bite on her arm and is now eating the corpses of her dead father.  Helen in tear filled desperation has to kill her own daughter with a trowel to the head. 

Outside Barbra sees her brother Johnny amongst the other zombies and is carried away, her fate unknown by the viewing audience.  Ben has to eventually retreat to the very cellar he claimed was a Deathtrap.  Down there he must kill a reanimated Harry and Helen before securing himself until morning.  He is awoken with a posse coming up to the farmhouse.  He attempts to escape the cellar through a window, and when the posse sees him they mistakenly think he’s a zombie and shoots him in the head.  the Movie ends with him being burned on a pile of other destroyed zombies.

Now I’m sure Most of you have already seen this Great Film, but you would be surprised who has only heard about it. This isn’t one that you only need to know about, you really should watch this one for yourself.  There’s a lot of great acting and dialogue throughout the film, and this is the film that made George A. Romero a house hold name.  The next time you see this coming on late at night, don’t pass it up!!  Give it a watch, and you will be Entertained.

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2 Responses to “NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Review”

  1. Spinderella Says:

    I love this movie, your review was great!

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