Night of the Living Dead: Zombie Cannibals Commit Mass Homocides

Night of the Living Dead: Zombie Cannibals Commit Mass Homocides

Night of the Living Dead (Full Version, 1968) is  a raw, frightening and unremittingly bleak cult classic independent black-and-white horror film directed by George Romero.  The film has been lauded as a seminal work of the modern horror genre and a powerful critical commentary on 1960s American society.  Film historians have viewed the flesh-eating scenes of Night of the Living Dead as a late-1960s critique of American capitalism, with the zombies representing capitalists, and their cannibalism representing the ultimate in possessiveness, therefore the logical end of human relations under capitalism.  It has been argued that the zombies’ victims symbolized the repression of “the Other” in bourgeois American society, namely the oppression of civil rights activists, feminists, gay persons and counter-culturalists in general.

In the movie, a band of unlucky people attempt to fight off an unrelenting assault of murderous zombies from a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania.  Opening with a situation that has already disintegrated to a point of little hope, the film moves progressively toward absolute despair and ultimate tragedy.  Romero employs film-noir style lighting to emphasize the nightmare of humanity’s alienation from itself.  In 1999, Night of the Living Dead was inducted into the National Film Registry in the United States’ Library of Congress to honor its cultural significance in the history of American cinema.

Night of the Living Dead (Full Movie, 1968)

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