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Night of the Living Dead

Director: George A. Romero Run Time: 96 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1968

Starring: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman

The film that started a cinematic zombie revolution forty-five years ago plays in 35mm for our July Nitehawk Nasty presentation of Night of the Living Dead.

What can be said about George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead? Not only did it give birth to the modern notion of what a ‘zombie’ is and provided a socio-political context in which we can view the zombie (and horror film as a genre) but it is also one of the most important films of the 20th century. A true case of underground filmmaking capturing the current climate, Night of the Living Dead shows what happens when seven strangers wind up in a barnhouse during the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. And while the dead are rising, it’s the alive ones they really have to worry about. With one of the most devastating endings in cinema, Night of the Living Dead is not just a film to see on the big screen but also one that demands repeat viewings. Come celebrate its 45 years of relevance with Nitehawk this summer!

Part of the Nitehawk Nasties signature series.