Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Month of Horror Day 20: Night of the Living Dead

Basement contributor Matt Bellamy has taken it upon himself to watch and review at least one horror movie a day for the month of October . . . because he's awesome that way! And tonight Bellamy tackles a true classic. The kind where they are coming to get you, Barbara. Look, there's one of them now!

The original George A. Romero classic, and it's a classic for a reason, this is the film that really started it all when it came to zombies. For awhile it was actually very difficult to get a decent copy of this on DVD because even the director didn't properly own the rights to the movie, it was a bit of a headache but in the last few years there have been a couple decent releases so finally we can all enjoy this black & white horror masterpiece in all its shambling, flesh eating glory! What makes this film unique apart from other horror movies is that it's not just about a group of people fending off a horde of the undead in a small farm house, it dealt with some pretty hot button issues at the time (1968) such as race relations, and sexism. Had a horror movie ever been as poignant as it was scary before? That's one of the reasons I think it truly stood out, that and the fact it's very scary and creepy, one to watch with all of the lights off! "They're coming to get you, Barbara!"

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