With Halloween around the corner, I thought watching a classic horror film would be a good idea, and with zombie films so prevalent these days, it’s always good to go back and check out a classic zombie film, especially the one that started it all in many ways, Night of the Living Dead.
This film came out in 1968 at a time when the USA was deep in the Vietnam war and was still going through affirmative action, so those real life elements would of course make their way into the films of that era, and they did in this film. The first, and most notable factor, was the male lead who was black.
Now remember this was 1968 and having a strong black male lead was a big deal, especially considering in horror films now it seems the black characters are normally the first to die at the hands of the creature or bad guy. The second most notable factor was the graphic nature of the violence and the themes in the movie.
For its time this was a pretty violent and confronting film which could easily be seen as a direct link from the images the filmmakers would have been seeing on their TV screens coming out of the war. So an old classic film such as this, having been made at an interesting time in history, opens itself up to being an important film for horror fans, and film fans in general, to watch.
With this film of course being in black and white, and having being filmed on a very low budget in 1968, you quickly have to get past the low production values, and the slightly wooden acting, as if you were to get hooked on those aspects you would miss the deeper messages and worth of this film.
This was a game changer in the world of horror films, and in films in general, and with any decent amount of knowledge of horrors it’s quickly apparent at how this film has inspired so many films since. This is an amazing thing considering 42 years later modern zombie films are still copying the ground breaking work this film did.
9 out of 10 from me!!!