Night of the Living Dead
The recent passing of film legend George A. Romero inspired me to take another look at his groundbreaking debut, Night of the Living Dead.
Prior to this film’s conception, the idea of zombies was rooted in Haitian and Voodoo lore. Their appearance in early films was sporadic at best, often depicting them as mindless henchmen under the spell of some evil overlord as is the case in the 1932 classic, White Zombie, staring Bella Lugosi.
But it wasn’t until Romero and his writing partner, John A. Russo, came on the scene, that the idea of the modern zombie tale was born. These guys were true visionaries and responsible for many of the basic characteristics that we associate with zombies today. The idea that they gather in hordes, are driven by an uncontrollable urge to devour human flesh, and can only be taken down with a blow to the head, can all be traced back to this ghoulish classic.
I’d like to mention a few cool things that I managed to glean from a few sites and documentaries that I checked out recently, but first I wanted to say a few words about why this film is important to me. Read More