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Night of the Living Dead

By Edited Aug 25, 2016 1 0

In modern film today, films such as Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland are hiting the box offices. People have become fascinated with the idea of the zombie apocalpyse. The origin of the zombie film dates back to George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. No zombie film can compare to this haunting terror. A man and a woman walking through a graveyard, completely oblivious as an undead corpse slowly apporoaches, "Their coming for you Barbara!" the man yells. Nothing could have been as haunting as this film in 1968. To anyone, the idea of zombies rising from the dead is something that fills many people with terror.

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As the couple heads for a nearby farmhouse, they meet other people who are running in fear for their lives, and they all decide that the best option is to lock themselves inside the house, boarding up windows and doors so that zombies cannot get inside. While this seems like a good idea at first, they must clear the house and make sure there are no lingering, uninvited guests inside the house, and to their horror, they find a few, but learn how to kill them and protect themselves from harm.

The film is an excellent and gruesome tale of survival. The gruesomeness of the movie is so raw, so real to life. Even though the movie is in black and white, the zombies are fully terrorizing; the makeup and costumes for this movie really made it more realistic. Probably one of the most terrifying parts of the entire film is when a young girl who has gotten "bitten" by a zombie, turns into a zombie in the basement of the farmhouse. Her mother comes down to check on her, and immediately she is attacked by her once seemingly innocent daughter, bitten and fed on like a piece of meat. This is when the movie takes on a chilling turn. Once the little girl zombie has bitten her mother, it is only a matter of time until the little beast will escape from the basement and terrorize the rest of the victims inside the house...

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One of the most interesting things about zombie over the years, is that originally, in this film, zombies were depicted as very slow moving creatures. Since their minds were dead, they really were not that smart, they could only smell the human flesh and follow it slowly, but once provoked, they became devious and devilish characters, feeding on human flesh like bloodthirsty animals. In the past several years, zombies have become a lot faster, smarter, and victims have developed a sense of how to kill them: a simple shot in the head, (right to the brain), or a decapitation will do. Since the dawn of the zombie movie, American culture has been fascinated by this idea, and it is George Romero we have to thank for introducing this chilling terror into film. Without the original Night of the Living Dead, the zombie genre of films would not be what they are today:... scary.. flesh eating...terrifying...zombies...

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