Night of the Living Dead

USA / 1968 / 96 mins / English
Zombie / Horror / Classic

Night of the Living DeadOne Screening Only
Date: Saturday September 28th, 2013
Time: 7:00pm
The Broadway Theatre
Film contains sequences of Violence; frightening scenes
Rated: 14A – NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has been rated for screening in Saskatchewan. Children under 14 are admitted if accompanied by an adult.

Director: George A. Romero
Screenplay: John A. Russo & George A. Romero
Cast: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman
Producer(s): Karl Hardman & Russel Streiner
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When unexpected radiation raises the dead, a microcosm of Average America has to battle flesh-eating zombies in George A. Romero’s landmark cheapie horror film. Siblings Johnny (Russ Streiner) and Barbara (Judith O’Dea) whine and pout their way through a graveside visit in a small Pennsylvania town, but it all takes a turn for the worse when a zombie kills Johnny. Barbara flees to an isolated farmhouse where a group of people are already holed up. Bickering and panic ensue as the group tries to figure out how best to escape, while hoards of undead converge on the house; news reports reveal that fire wards them off, while a local sheriff-led posse discovers that if you “kill the brain, you kill the ghoul.” After a night of immolation and parricide, one survivor is left in the house…. Romero’s grainy black-and-white cinematography and casting of locals emphasize the terror lurking in ordinary life; as in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), Romero’s victims are not attacked because they did anything wrong, and the randomness makes the attacks all the more horrifying. Nothing holds the key to salvation, either, whether it’s family, love, or law. Topping off the existential dread is Romero’s then-extreme use of gore, as zombies nibble on limbs and viscera. Initially distributed by a Manhattan theater chain owner, Night, made for about 100,000 dollars, was dismissed as exploitation, but after a 1969 re-release, it began to attract favorable attention for scarily tapping into Vietnam-era uncertainty and nihilistic anxiety. By 1979, it had grossed over 12 million, inspired a cycle of apocalyptic splatter films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), and set the standard for finding horror in the mundane. However cheesy the film may look, few horror movies reach a conclusion as desolately unsettling. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi


  • National Film Registry at National Film Preservation Board, USA


“I felt real terror in that neighborhood theater last Saturday afternoon. I saw kids who had no resources they could draw upon to protect themselves from the dread and fear they felt.” Roger Ebert

“It’s a virulent portrait of an America in flux and decay, from the flag billowing near the graveyard at the start to its disturbing depiction of a lynch-mob mentality. But Night also transcends its period through sheer intensity.” – Total Film

“A quarter of a century old and it is still absolutely terrifying.” Film4

Programmer’s Opinion

First, we start with a true story about George A. Romero’s seminal horror flick NIght of the Living Dead. When it was released back in October of 1968 the MPAA rating system would not be in place for another month so anyone could go see whatever film they wanted until that point. And when was released the trend at the time was that horror films were screened at matinees, during the day! So cinemas were crammed with all these children waiting to see the next big horror film, unawares that they would be emotionally scarred for life. This weekend’s presentation of NOTLD will be pretty spot on with that same experience as our great country’s current rating system will allow you to bring your kids with you after the Zombie Walk. Then you get to take home. A home probably not unlike the one in Romero’s film. Isolated. Out in the open. Probably nowhere to run and hide. Be prepared to keep the lights on and the coffee brewing cause you’ll have scared little ones to protect.

To call Romero’s film influential is a gross understatement. Though there were other ‘zombie’ movies before it (they’re not even called zombies but ghouls in NOTLD) this was one of the first to have them as the undead. Romero would make five more ‘Dead’ films in his career to date and it spawned not only a number of other zombie film franchises but also lead to a resurgence of horror film in America heading into the 1970s. As much as its influence remains today so does the eerie effect.

One more thing. Zombies do not run! – Andrew Mack

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