Halloween Horrorshow 2: Night of the Living Dead (1968), George Romero, director.
Midnight showing at local theater… Unfortunately not a 35mm print, unfortunately only a mediocre DVD transfer, double unfortunately that the special guest, producer, Barabara’s brother Johnny, and Chairman of the Pittsburgh Film Office Russell Streiner admitted he could have provided a better copy but since his appearance was last minute it didn’t occur to him until too late.
Confession: while I am a long time fan of the zombie apocalypse genre, the general concept that movies like NotLD and books like I am Legend spearheaded… I don’t really like George Romero’s entries overall. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Dawn of the Dead, which is meant to be the best so I guess maybe I need to rewatch some things, but NotLD gets more wrong than right. I realize as far as these things go that for the time it was a B or Even C movie the pushed the boundaries of what the horror genre could be, and for a B picture was exceedingly timely and provocative as far as race and gender and the culture wars and for that I will always go back to it. But outside of all that, watching it is like watching Plan 9 or the original The Thing. So much about it just tugs at my strings to just let loose with a barrage of heckling and pithy comments. And I respect the ultimate silence of The Theater. Unless its Master Pancake or Cinematic Titanic or Rifftrax. Anyway, I am a unsurprisingly a bigger fan of the things that came after. Shaun of the Dead, the Omega Man, 28 Days Later, and so forth.