August 18, 2008

The Greatest Zombie Flick of All Time


You know you just can’t get enough of those decaying monsters that feast on the flesh of the living. Sure, they’re slow and clumsy and they reek like dead—eh hmm—well you know what they smell like. Nonetheless, we just can’t get enough of those zombies. They’re not at all cute and they don’t have the cuddle factor but somehow they’ve managed to find a place in our hearts.

Among the hordes of deadhead zombie flicks—the B movies that are hard to stomach—there are a few gems that have become staples of the undead world. So, while Zombie Strippers and Wanted Undead or Alive may not have been your idea of classical works of zombie movie art, they, like all the other zombie flicks, were spawned from an incredible movie that will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year.

George Romero called his flesh-eating freaks “ghouls” instead of zombies in his 1968 release of Night of the Living Dead. Regardless of what you call them, those hungry hordes of ravenous dead are as frightening now as they were back in 1968 when this terrifying flick was new.

Set in a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania and shot entirely in black and white despite the advent of color film the in 1960’s, Night of the Living Dead was an intense thrill ride even by today’s standards. From the first grisly chomp from zombie jaws to the last fatal gunshot, this sensational horror film is sure to inspire nightmares for months to come.

While most movies of the time dealt more with psychological horrors with the occasional subject of witchcraft thrown in for good measure, Night of the Living Dead answered the call for true, bone-chilling horror. As America watched each shocking event unfold on the big screen, they soon began to realize that this was no ordinary horror movie. This movie broke the mold and carved a path for other, more grisly, gruesome, and gory films that would change the way we think about horror flicks.

So, if you haven’t had the chance to see this supreme scream, you need to. Don’t think you can enjoy a black and white movie? No problem! The movie was later colorized and though the colors are muted, the frightening ambience is as vibrant as any new shocker you’ll ever see.



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