Public Domain Movie Of The Week: Night Of The Living Dead

So, the modern zombie, the mindless, shambling, flesh- and brain-eating undead ghoul, was born in Night of the Living Dead. Although not called zombies in the movie, they encompass everything that identifies a contemporary zombie. And like the best horror movies, the movie works on many levels- a splatterfest, a comment on capitalism, or an idictment of Cold War politics and the Vietnam War. It broke taboos by casting a black actor as the heroic lead of an otherwise white cast.

Night of the Living Dead has spawned numerous copycats, sequels, and remakes, with another remake set for filming next year. Everyone wants to take a crack at making a zombie movie, but no one has been able to top the original.

You can snag a decent copy from The Internet Archive.

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