The one-and-only Night of the Living Dead rises from the grave in its first-ever major restoration, supervised by director George A. Romero himself! Experience the iconic, shocking and endlessly-influential 1968 horror classic on the big screen, looking and sounding better than it ever has before, and keep telling yourself, “it’s only a movie … it’s only a movie … it’s only a movie …”
“Shattered the conventions of horror and paved the way for the subversive visions of directors like David Cronenberg, Tobe Hooper and Sam Raimi.” – Nigel Floyd, Time Out (London)
In writer/director Romero’s low-budget cult shocker, the reanimated corpses of the recently deceased begin to rise from the earth and seek human flesh as sustenance, leading a small group of survivors to take refuge inside a Pennsylvania farmhouse. Armed with guns, blunt instruments, and the knowledge that a blow to the head is the only means of taking down their decaying assailants, the living must attempt to survive the night as they battle both the armies of the undead and their own petty differences. From its darkly comic opening, as unsuspecting siblings Johnny and Barbara meet the first of the film’s undead flesh-munchers during a broad daylight attack in a graveyard (“They’re coming to get you, Barbara!”), to its deeply unsettling and nihilistic ending that feels like the end of everything, the highly-controversial Night of the Living Dead not only brought new levels of gore to American movie screens and signaled the beginning of the still-relevant “zombie” phenomenon, it also bluntly demonstrated the horror genre’s unique ability to comment on politics and society. Released in 1968, a time of unprecedented upheaval in America history, Romero’s social commentary horror flick violated the boundaries between the living and the dead, and between good taste and bad, to reflect on everything from the Space Race to the Civil Rights Movement, and in the process, changed the face of horror movies forever. (Dir. by George A. Romero, 1968, USA, 96 mins., Not Rated / R- equivalent)
Night of the Living Dead was restored by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation. The restoration was overseen by George A. Romero and Image Ten—most especially, Gary Streiner, Russ Streiner, and John Russo—with restoration work done by Cineric Inc, NYC, and Audio Mechanics, Burbank, CA. 4K restoration.