GOLD MEDAL FILM
Screenplay by George A. Romero, John A. Russo
Produced by Karl Hardman, Russell Streiner
Starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley,
Bill Cardille, Kyra Schon
Running Time: 96 minutes
Maybe I've just lacked interest in zombie films to a point I just decided to go ahead and ignore Night of the Living Dead for quite a long while. I guess a single viewing of Night of the Living Dead already has proven to me that I am indeed missing out on quite a lot, probably even a whole lot more than I would have ever expected myself to. Thanks to this I might have started appreciating zombie films a whole lot more and I definitely wouldn't mind checking out more whenever I get the chance, considering how much I loved what I got right here.
I'm amazed at how some horror film directors can already make so much come right out of so little of a budget. Many horror films nowadays made with even bigger budgets can't even accomplish what something like Night of the Living Dead has done. That's incredible. I've already praised slashers much like Halloween and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for being able to master this and while probably not the very best film of this sorts, Night of the Living Dead also is another excellent example of a film that makes good use of so little. Look at the budget for this movie. $114,000. I'm astonished with how something like this is already made.
It's also quite remarkable how Night of the Living Dead makes good use of its own B-movie qualities in order to show audiences back in the days something that they've never come across before. I've no doubt that the gore that's portrayed on the screen here is quite tame when you compare it to how many other movies nowadays tend to show it off, but it's still quite amazing how Night of the Living Dead can already go ahead and make good use of it. By the ending, I can already say that I'm indeed very impressed. Though it does have its B-movie qualities it never even gets campy at a single point, but it shows off enough intelligence in order to create something that's simply a high quality horror film.
You can already find this classic just about anywhere now, considering the fact it's still in the public domain as of this very date. And while it's still there, it's most certainly worth the while because it's one of the most amazing entries into the horror genre that I've ever come across in a very long time. It may have its B-movie qualities visible but it never falls campy even while they are still present. Instead, it still remains as amazing as it could always be and that's simply what I love so much about a film like this.