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Night of the Living Dead

DFI Cinema

George A. Romero / Feature Narrative / United States of America / 1968 / 96 min / Black & White / HDCAM
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Horror
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.

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The contemporary craze for zombie stories – from cinema’s ‘The Girl with All the Gifts’, ‘World War Z’ and ‘28 Weeks Later’ to television’s ‘Walking Dead’, ‘The Return’ and ‘True Blood’ – without a doubt owes its origins to George A. Romero’s low-budget and unassuming but ultimately game-changing ‘Night of the Living Dead’. By now, we are familiar with the various rules and codes of contending with invasions of the re-animated (Keep quiet so as not to attract them! Shoot them in the head! They’ll try to get in the house through the windows!), but here we have ground zero for all such bits and pieces of the mythology surrounding the undead.

The film’s seemingly simple plot – several people hide out in a remote house in an attempt to escape a mysterious attack of mindless gangs of flesh-eating ghouls – has been repeatedly analysed in political terms over the years. Besides the frightful pleasure of its creepy thrills, ‘Living Dead’ can be read as a protest against the horrors of the Vietnam War, a condemnation of social complacency, or a comment on the morality of me-first capitalism – heady commentary that remains topical nearly half a century after the film first terrorised a generation.

About the Director

George A. Romero was born in the Bronx in 1940 and attended Carnegie Mellon University. He altered the course of the horror film genre in 1968 with ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and went on to deliver some of cinema’s most significant and influential cult films, among them ‘Season of the Witch’ (1972), ‘Martin’ (1978), ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (1978) and ‘Day of the Dead’ (1985).


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