A DVD review by The Movie Snob.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (C-). Well, Halloween is coming up, so I thought I should take the time to fill up an unfortunate gap in my movie-watching experience by watching the original Night of the Living Dead. If I understand right, this film kind of established the basic rules that apply in most zombie movies. For example, zombies are reanimated corpses that hunger for the flesh of living human beings. A zombie can be killed by delivering severe trauma to its brain. Zombies aren’t very intelligent and they are usually pretty slow-moving, but they often travel in numbers large enough to overwhelm lone humans or humans in small groups. This movie features a small band of humans who, by chance, take refuge from the zombie menace in the same farmhouse. They’re all white except for one black guy, and I thought it was interesting, given when the movie was made, that the black guy is generally the most level-headed and sensible person in the bunch. Also interesting, I don’t think I ever heard the word “zombie” in the whole movie (the phrase “flesh-eating ghouls” did come up once or twice). Anyway, I’m glad I saw it for purposes of historical research, but it’s no World War Z or Warm Bodies.