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Has there been a horror movie quite as influential as George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead? The only ones that spring to mind as even being contenders are Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Bob Clark’s Black Christmas, both tied to the slasher genre. Psycho brought the slasher into the mainstream (yes, I know Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom predated Psycho by a few months in international markets) and Black Christmas gave the genre its formula. Carpenter would later cement that formula with Halloween.

No question that Psycho, Black Christmas and Halloween were all incredibly influential, but Romero’s Night of the Living Dead takes the cake. Not only did Romero offer up a new, just-go-out-and-do-it style of filmmaking he impacted the genre all across the board. Before Romero zombies were mindless pawns resurrected through black magic to do the bidding of their masters. Romero’s interpretation of the zombie didn’t just spin off from that concept it forever changed it in the minds of audiences around the world.

Romero set the stage. His film changed the rules of the genre. That’s astounding when you think of how many people that film had to reach for it make that kind of impact.

So, today is for you, Mr. Romero. Below is a shot of George on the set (left) applying some “blood” to the poor doomed mother after being on the receiving end of a trowel. Click to embiggen!



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  • Oct. 4, 2011, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Tom and Judy we're such effin idiots in this movie.

    by Isaac R.

    I can handle the truck

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Quotation marks aren't allowed?

    by Isaac R.

    WTF man...

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Torso gave the slasher genre it's formula. IMHO :-)

    by billyhitchcock1

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Vapex Flat Wall Finish

    by MotherPussBucket


  • Back in my college days I gave a seminar on Romero's trilogy, and screened final 20 minutes each of Night, Dawn and Day to an extremely squeamish audience. The amount of shit I got thrown at me by Jane Campion fans was unbelievable. The sheer savagery of the killer daughter scene seemed to dislodge something in the female students' brains at the time. But this movie deserves its place in the Museum of Modern Art.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 5 a.m. CST

    1979 - first movie ever rented was "Night..."

    by spidar40

    Will never look at Bosco chocolate syrup quite the same way.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 5:01 a.m. CST

    More influential?

    by romanxp47

    I dunno; you think, maybe, "Frankenstein"?

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Not entirely on topic, but still, Romero...

    by romanxp47

    Just saw Volume 2 of Deadtime Stories, featuring Romero in his dotage. Doesn't look as though anyone involved—including the maestro—is even half trying.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Black Christmas? Influential? On whom? The 10 people who saw it?

    by NeonFrisbee

    Psycho, Halloween, and, of course, Night of the Living Dead were influential, nearly EVERYONE has seen these films, but Black Christmas? C'mon.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST


    by scrote

    ...agree with pretty much everything you stated in the above posted article but I don't agree with ya at all regarding Black Christmas. Like Neonfrisbee pointed out above, that movie was never as influential as some critics have pointed out in the past. I think it's a misguided notion... Nice shot BTW. Also, is it true that this movie is in the public domain and as such Romero doesn't make a red cent off it's profits. If so, that's a fucking shame...

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST


    by scrote

    ...doesn't that by definition mean there are three era's in know, the era in between...

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Agreed melonman

    by yourebreakingthejacket

    The scene where the zombified daughter stabs the mother do death with the garden trowel is still powerful as fuck. It works perfectly in black and white with the basement lighting, the shadows and the syrupy blood. And it has those crazy 50's sci-fi sounds on the soundtrack(or at least I equate them with 50's sci-fi). I think that this scene from NOTLD is 50 times more frightening than the shower scene, if not as technically well done as Hitchcock's.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    scrote- it is true- public domain


    which is why you see it for sale at dollar tree and walgreens in different box art every halloween, every year. literally i could create new box art for it and resell it too. and often i've considered it- though i doubt anyone is going to buy it again based just on box art.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST


    by scrote

    ...then there is no justice in the world, is there? Also zombot - depends on how freakishly cool your box art is, I'd have thought...

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST


    by JMG84

    I very much enjoyed that post. I love all 3 movies dearly.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    creepythinmanlives, your right about Halloween,

    by welcometothepartypal

    But I still love it a little more than F13& B-x-mas, all great movies. Oh and last week you mentioned how Trick r Treat sucked. I watched it last night and after 15 min. I wanted to turn it off, but finished it. Then I ejected the disc, walked over to the kitchen garbage can and threw it away. it was a PIECE OF SHIT!

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Will there ever be another time or another film

    by proevad

    Where kids have to ride their bikes into the next county to see a movie? The internet has made things too damned easy. A 12 year old can watch A Serbian Film on his phone. We used to have to exercise and lie to our parents to watch fucked up shit.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    FACT!!! creepythinman is a douche-bag FACT!!!

    by Mr Soze

    Sitting at his computer in his shit stained Capitan America briefs talking pure frontier gibberish, what a jack-off........FACT!!!

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    More Romero

    by The Mighty Dev

    I need more Romero. 'Nuff said.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Judy was hot as FUCK

    by Autodidact

    I just watched this in 1080p on Youtube last week. Looked better than I've ever seen it. Judy is hot as FUCK man. No surgery, almost no makeup, simple hair and clothes and she is just smoking hot. Really makes you appreciate a real woman. But yeah, her character is dumb as a stump. I really think the NOTLD 90 remake improves on the original in a couple good ways. Mainly having a Barbara who is not so incompetent and such a hammy actor.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST


    by The Mighty Dev

    Please turn off your Caps Lock. Its on the left side of your keyboard, clearly marked. Just press it with your fat, filthy, food encrusted finger and we can all continue with our lives. Thank you, The Dev.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    The dead trilogy is incredible

    by pikazerox

    Dawn is still my favorite movie of all time, heck the remake is pretty good too. Land of the Dead was that movie you really wanted to love, but after the next viewing you knew it wasn't meant to be. Diary and Survival make me very sad.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Land of the Dead is like Batman Forever

    by Autodidact

    Terribly disappointing, until you see the next one. Then you come to see it as pretty damn okay, having many merits, but still don't know whether to lump it overall with the good ones, or the bad ones. Sadly, Land gets lumped with Diary and Survival due mainly to forgetting to be scary.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Night of the Living Dead was the beginning of modern horror

    by Mr. Giant

    Took it totally out of the old castles and supernatural, and just plopped the shit on everyone's doorstep. He didn't just change zombies, he changed horror.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    First one still incredibly atmospheric

    by Autodidact

    It always takes me a minute or two to get used to the sixties acting, but the movie sticks to its guns and just really draws you in. I'm going to put the 90 remake on when it gets dark today.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    I was 9 when first saw NOTLD. Everything changed after that

    by Knobules

    It was on creature features, a Sat night horror goofy show, like Elvira. They normally played 50's sci-fi rubber suit nonsense. I thought this would be the same. Whoa. For a little kid it was disturbing beyond words. My sis and brothers who were a bit older were ok with it but had to get me out of the room in the last 10 minutes.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    ZombieTop5 does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    The Dojo's top five zombie movies (in no particular order...) 1/ DAWN OF THE DEAD (Romero version, but Snyder's aint half bad either) 2/ 28 WEEKS LATER (better than the first one) 3/ CREEPSHOW (I want my cake zombie, and the two drowned zombies are pretty awesome) 4/ LIFEFORCE (zombie holocaust in London plus awesome tits) 5/ CEMETERY MAN (again, awesome tits). I would have also included EVIL DEAD 2 but they're kinda demons rather than zombies... Anyone else have suggestions of good ones that i've missed?

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Creepythinman ... more eras than just two

    by Autodidact

    Although I recognize how significant NOTLD is in bringing horror "down from the castles and onto our doorsteps" as an above poster so aptly put it. I think it's obvious that there are less significant eras of horror in the post NOTLD age. I'd say there's definitely a post-Halloween slasher era in the horror genre. Black Christmas may have come first, but that doesn't make it definitive of the slasher genre. I think Carpenter formalized the tropes. The next identifiable era, after almost 20 years of post-Halloween slasher stuff, was the post-modern self-aware slasher/horror genre brought about by Scream (Idle Hands, The Faculty, Urban Legend, etc.. wait didn't all those movies come out within a month of each other... anyways). That lasted less than 10 years and then when SAW came out we got the torture porn era, which is when I officially checked out and stopped watching most new horror movies. I never really cared for any horror outside the slasher genre. I feel like there was a mini "backwoods denizens" era in the early-mid 2000s as well, where it seemed like every second horror movie that wasn't a torture porn was about people being stranded/lost/kidnapped by southern or appalachain murderous hillbilly freak shows.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Fulci's DEMONS and DEMONS 2

    by Autodidact

    These are two movies I forgot about until recently, which I used to watch a lot in the eighth grade, and the thought of which still terrifies me now. They're obviously more DEMON-like that zombies, but they pretty much have the zombie effect of a rapidly spreading conversion into flesh eaters.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    autodidact: Lamberto Bava did Demons

    by melonman

    Fulci remained a zombie man (city of the living dead, the beyond etc)

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    George R on Deadtime Stories

    by Knobules

    Man hes getting old. George attempts humor and its like a nursing home patient bitching about the powdered eggs. Decent for a free watch on Netflix. I dont recommend paying for it.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Black Christmas was just an Americanization of

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The Italian Giallo, no?? Mario Bava was doing the same stuff in the mid-60's and then that gave us Dario Argento's Animal trilogy in the early 70's. Of course those was just an Italianization of Psycho/Hitchcock films. In many ways Halloween is a combo of the we know who the monster is antics of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but shot in the mystery thriller style of the Giallo and Hitchcock.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    I wish Romero get get a movie off the ground without zombies

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Granted I don't think he could do anything as brilliant as Martin at this point in his career, but I think he's got nothing left to say in the Zombie genre.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST


    by scrote

    ...think about it...pre and post... Thanks for replying, though...I guess...

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Just Before Dawn

    by Kelly Grimes

    Where does this fit in? Been a few yrs since I've seen it but that was one helluva slasher flick, with a nice little Scream-esque twist on it. Plus it has the best heroine revenge kill I think I can ever recall seeing.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Romero's The Dark Half...

    by scrote

    ... I thought was pretty effective; and I know it's another King-written piece but I would have loved to have seen what he might have done with The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon... I understand that was once on his slate at some point...

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    The Dark Half

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I thought that was good, but too bad the ending effects are terrible (having to do with the fact that Romero never got a chance to finish the final reel properly since Orion went bankrupt before it was completed).

  • Is the reason that so many young film students were able to see NOTLD was because it was in the public domain, so prints were cheap and easy to get a hold of?

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    My copy of the DVD came in a tin box, bundled with...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...Last Man On Earth, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, and a few other public domain horror flicks.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Love the animation.

    by VirgilHilts

    That is all.

  • It's an influence because it was a huge hit, and played festival circuits and late night screenings right through the 70s. And it's an amazing film.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    kgrimes: Just Before Dawn has the most amazing shock cut ever

    by melonman

    As far as I can remember it's where the heroine is sitting by a camp fire and there's a jump cut to the killer suddenly right beside her blowing a whistle in her ear. Jeff Lieberman didn't bother fucking around with anyone leaping out of the bushes or anything gay like that. He just cuts and there's the killer - in your face. Scared the living shit out of me.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    I think it was pretty much always in the public domain?

    by Autodidact

    At some point early on the distributor failed to put a copyright notice on the movie. It still made some money for the makers, but not much compared to how many people saw the movie, and probably not as much as it would have otherwise.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Quint, have you read Shock Value? The "Easy Riders & Raging Bulls"

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    of the modern horror film? I haven't got my hands on it yet, but sounds like great reading. BTW, I'm sure the paint can is a gag, as chocolate syrup was commonly used for blood in B & W.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Judy's holding up a jar of Bosco chocolate syrup

    by Autodidact

    In case ya didn't notice.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    I think they use both paint and blood

    by Autodidact

    Syrup is used around the eyes and mucous membranes, and paint is used on the clothes?

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    I mean I think they use both paint and *syrup*

    by Autodidact

    syrup in the mouth, and around eyes and mucous membranes.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Romero caught lightning in a bottle. TWICE.

    by DonnyUnitas

    With Night and Dawn. Everything else the man has worked on hasn't been my cup of tea at all.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Yeah, but not Monkey Shines

    by scrote

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    samuel fulmer

    by dukeroberts

    Black Christmas was Canadian.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Sorry I meant Black Christmas was a Canadianization

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Don't want to take anything away from the Candian explotiation industry that flourished in the 70's/80's pumping out genre films.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    C'mon gang, Creepshow took the old Amicus and Hammer

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    anthology format and made it fun and scary. It took the old Tales From The Crypt formula, bad-person-treats-good-person-badly..gets-comeuppance, and added the color and style of a lurid comic book. And there's no message, no subtext, except if your kid has a monster magazine, you better let him keep it.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    Agree with ya dude. Actually even the sequel (I know it wasn't directed by Romero), with The Raft story, managed to raise a shiver and I'd already read the Skeleton Crew short. Ol Chief Wooden Head was just that, though...wooden...

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    "zombie" a misused term for a general "undead" person?

    by ufoclub1977

    Technically isn't a zombie more about mind control/enslavery, and related to magic? Like voodoo? Romero came up with something like primitive somewhat mortal vampire concept.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    The copyright notice went away...

    by fathergreedosarducci

    ...when the title-card change was made, right at the last second. "Night of the Living Dead" is a vastly better title (and sets up the sequel titles nicely, too), but they forgot to put the legal stuff at the bottom of the replacement title card. Bad for Romero & Co., but good for the 8,245 people who have come out with legal bootlegs of NOTLD since then....

  • Bless the girl for going naked the entire picture. NO actress today would have the kind of dedication. LIFEFORCE is awesome in that it's almost a good movie. Steve Railsback chanels his Manson performance and for once it's not annoying. It actually serves the nuttiness of the mileu. Not sure where, but it veers off into retardsville, but still manages to be an entertaining flick. Love it long time.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by scrote you haven't seen Sex In The City yet?

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Let's not forget that it was inspired by I Am Legend.

    by sweeneydave

    Richard Matheson gives us all the greats.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Friday the 13 Part 6 and 7 are not zombie movies

    by Autodidact

    Jason has come back to life in those movies. He's not a reanimated corpse. He's Jason come back to life. Me as a zombie = my corpse walking around. Jason as a zombie = jason's corpse walking around. Jason in F13VI and F13VII = jason come back to life.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Creepy likes zombies...FACT!!!

    by Mr Soze

    And taking it in the 2 hole...FACT!!!

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by scrote quote Stewart Lee: "You can prove anything with facts". What about Elizabethtown?

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Not one of their best, but the RiffTrax (MST3000 gang) DVD

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    of NOTLD is pretty funny.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Mickey Mouse will NEVER fall into the Public Domain

    by gotilk

    No matter how many politicians they have to buy. Even though they built their empire on public domain stories. But Romero can't get his movie back. Justice is an illusion to make us feel cozy.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    ..then what about Must Love Dogs?

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Nah, Creepy. Jason's not a zombie.

    by Autodidact

    Not any more than Jesus was a zombie when he came back. If it has consciousness, it's not a walking corpse (zombie). It's a person brought back to life. I only saw re-animator once when I was 11, but I'm pretty sure it's not a zombie movie.

  • HMMMMM? Discuss.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Frankenstein's Monster: Not a Zombie

    by Autodidact

    I think Frankenstein's monster is its own thing. Similar to a zombie, but not a zombie. Frankenstein is a bad idea come to life. Re-animator is more a Frankenstein movie than it is a zombie movie, for instance.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Jason acted the same before and after being a zombie

    by Autodidact

    Zombies don't act the same as the living person they once were. To sum up: Jason is not a zombie in any FT13th movie. He always comes back pissed off at the kids of camp Crystal Lake. When he comes back and starts chomping on people, then he's a zombie. What he is is some kind of wraith in human form.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    "back to life" is not the correct choice of words on my part

    by Autodidact

    That's a poor choice of words. Jason's definitely not "alive" in the same sense that Jesus was supposed to be after emerging from his tomb. Jason's undead. Not all undead are zombies. A zombie is an animated corpse with no mind to speak of. It's a walking flesh puppet. Jason has a will and a plan.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    A better book than SHOCK VALUE is...

    by palimpsest

    NIGHTMARE MOVIES by Kim Newman. That's THE essential book on NOTLD and its long-lasting effect on genre cinema.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Jason has a restless territorial-spirit nature

    by Turingtestee

    that is fundamental. His later state of undeath is what allows his . . . spirit to continue. Not a zombie, but a Lich. Sort of

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    This is a really cool picture.

    by SlyAndTheFamilyStallone

    Thank you for sharing this. NOTLD is my favorite movie.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    Hey man. How about putting the behind the scenes thread title in a different color so I can find it easier each day. I'm a lazy jewish white man. Thanks.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Monkey Shines is actually a great little movie

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Probably the only Romero thriller that generates suspense without tons of gore. If you haven't seen it in a while or at all...give it a shot. Awesome David Shire score, too.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    by JohnIan

    I'm probably in the minority, but I enjoyed DIARY OF THE DEAD. Those who bitch about the effects need to sit down. Have you not seen the truly horrible CGI on the Sci-Fi channel? Have you? The effects here work, minus one - the pool scene. On the commentary, Romero says they ran out money and time for the shot, it was the best they could muster. My only real complaint is the movie is too short.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Too bad all the original materials

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    including the working print and an 8 minute deleted scene were destroyed in a flood.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    I think the remake is better than the original!

    by The Bear

    There. I said it and mean it. Go ahead. I've got my goggles on. Throw as much shit at me as you want.

  • Oct. 5, 2011, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Romero is a god. Let's move on now...

    by mystrokapp

    The first three Dead movies are about as rad as it gets. After reading WWZ, I was hoping we'd be moving forward into the next phase of zombie film, but after seeing the set shots (and they are just that, set shots, so the end product may be much better) it just seems like Night, Dawn and Day all wrapped up in a super huge budget with Mr. Pitt. Romero laid the groundwork. And he did it masterfully. Can we, as a zombie loving society, bring something new to the table in the form of film? With the studio system the way it is, I'm leaning towards the belief that the only way we can bring a new twist to the genre is through comics and novels. With the exception of Fido and Shaun, of course. They kicked ass.

  • Oct. 5, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Something Else to Consider...

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    He basically CREATED the reanimated corpse as flesh-eater. This puts him in a league with Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley in that he literally created a monster! He really DOESN'T get enough credit when you think about it.

  • Oct. 5, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    The 1990 remake is a very solid movie

    by Autodidact

    You can't really fault it in any way, and it does improve on the flaws in the original, as unfair or subjective as they may be. The B&W photography and lo-fi feel of the first one really works for it in a couiple ways. And I prefer the end of the original with Ben being shot down by the hillbilly scourge. I love both versions.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Monkey Shines

    by romanxp47

    Totally agree with Nasty P.