Feature Film Showcase – Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Welcome to the first of a regular column showcasing classic movies that have fallen out of copyright and are available freely from the public domain (with streaming video!). Read the full article and watch the movie here!


Night of the Living Dead (1968).

Directed by George A. Romero.
Starring Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea.

First up is George A. Romero’s black and white indie classic, Night of the Living Dead – the film that revolutionised horror and launched the archetypal zombie into popular culture. Made on a budget of $114,000, the movie went on to gross over $30 million world-wide and spawned five sequels, including the masterful Dawn of the Dead (1978).

When the recently deceased begin to rise from the grave, a young woman, Barbra, narrowly escapes an attack and seeks refuge in an old farmhouse. There she discovers the film’s hero, a black man named Ben (in a controversial casting decision for the time), a young couple and a family with a sick daughter. Together they must try to fend off the increasing hoard of flesh-eating monsters if they are to have any hope of surviving the night.


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