(17 Reasons Why) George Ramero’s Night of the Living Dead helped build much of the genre

Day 4 of BoOctober and I’m watching the zombie film that laid ground to all other horror films; George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968).

1.) Johnny should have listened to the rest of that broadcast when the radio station came back on. You don’t just not listen to a radio after it blacked out on air for a period of time. Unless it’s playing Miley.

2.) “They’re coming to get you Barbra” while an actual zombie is staggering in the background is completely priceless.

1/3 most memorable lines

1/3 most memorable lines

3.) Barbra loses her shoes while running away from zombies. Good move on losing the heels Barb.

4.) It’s a bit surprising that a zombie used a brick to break open a window of a car.

Was she a brick house, zombie? Was she?

Was she a brick house, zombie? Was she?

5.) The era of the slow staggering zombie. Back when people could outrun them, which is just plain wonderful.

6.) For Barbra being one of the first scream queens, not only did she ditch the heels, but she also armed herself with a knife, how smart is she? Pretty damn smart.

7.) The Zombies are pretty damn smart in this film too, they know to break the headlights of a car and stuff. Even though these are slow staggering zombies, they plan ahead.

8.) Don’t suggest to turn on all the lights, that’s grade A foolishness. Now all dem zombies will come to the house.

9.) The most infamous line: “The killers are eating the flesh of the people they murder.” Was uttered by the man on the radio.

10.) Naked zombie walking around = she must have been showering

Pictured: What happens in a horror movie when you decide to take a shower.

Pictured: What happens in a horror movie when you decide to take a shower.

11.) Its surprising that Judy is so trusting to go down to a cellar with a possible infect. Trust is always a huge theme in zombie films and Night of the Living Dead regards it in a completely different manner in the beginning

12.) Mr. Cooper is the original D.I.C.K.

13.) Does the movie take place in Penn. or Ohio? The newscast on TV had Youngstown across it, if it’s Ohio, (my home state) I will shit myself.

14.) “Kill the brain, and you kill the ghoul.” First zombie flick AND doesn’t mention the word zombie.

This movie depends a lot on tv/radio newscasts, but it does it in a phenomenal manner.

15.) There is the classic aerial view of looking at all the zombies from up above, staggering in cornfields.

16.) Oddly enough, the black man isn’t the first to die, but the lone survivor that is then mistaken to be a “ghoul” and shot in the head.

17.) One horror movie with no happy ending. No survivors.

Deaths:

Pictured: death by Trowel

Pictured: death by Trowel

  • 1 by blast to the head
  • 2 by explosion in the car
  • 1 by shot gun during a trust struggle
  • 1 by tripping, falling, and then not moving at all, was murdered with a trowel by her own zombiefied daughter.
  • Barbra is taken out of the house by her zombiefied brother Johnny which is super ironic.
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One comment on “(17 Reasons Why) George Ramero’s Night of the Living Dead helped build much of the genre

  1. There are a lot of reasons a recently dead person would be naked. The morgues are specifically mentioned as being a major source of the living dead.
    Judy had been in the cellar with Karen and the others since before Barbra arrived. Going back is no problem for her. Also, I don’t think “infect[ed]” was necessarily a thing. Judy had no way to know it was, and it was all “recently dead” coming back to life. If the bite killed someone they’d come back, not necessarily because they were infected (it was heavily suggested it was caused by radiation, not a virus anyway.) The TV does talk about “complications” from injuries, but they may just mean death.
    Cooper is a dick. But Ben isn’t much better. Not letting them take food down into the cellar proclaiming himself “the boss up here.” Not to mention that Ben survives by hiding in the cellar – the thing that Cooper said was the best option all along.
    White Zombie does use the word Zombie, though, and it’s earlier and shares elements.

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