Friday, August 20, 2010

57. Night of the Living Dead (1968)


Well, there's no problem. If you have a gun, shoot 'em in the head. That's a sure way to kill 'em. If you don't, get yourself a club or a torch. Beat 'em or burn 'em. They go up pretty easy.

One genre of movies that will be rather lacking on my list is horror. I am just not a big fan. I like movies that focus on life and love instead of death and destruction. One of the exceptions to this rule is the greatness of George A. Romero's "Dead" series (this movie, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead). If you like zombie movies, then hopefully you already know that this is where it all began. This movie wrote all of the rules that zombie movies follow. Romero took zombies from their voodoo Central American roots and recast them as a funhouse mirror microcosm of the racist, hypercapitalist citizens of the United States. This movie even does the unthinkable in casting an African-American as its hero. The most shocking part of the Dead series is that it is usually not the zombies that instill horror, but revelations about the viewers own shortcomings.

1 comment:

  1. The best horror, in fact the best of all fiction, focuses on life and love. Life is full of little horrors, the good horror film knows that you can't feel for the characters unless they come to life before your eyes. In fact, the good horror film/book/comic is good BECAUSE it focuses on the life of it's characters.

    You've picked a good one here. Romero was heavily influenced by the novella I AM LEGEND by Richard Matheson, a book about a disease that spread vampirism. It has been adapted into film three times, directly, to various success. The most accurate being the one starring Vincent Price.