Night of the Living Dead

Lists: Horror, Film Quest 2014 - The Challenge, Zombies

Brief Synopsis: "A group of people try to survive an attack of bloodthirsty zombies while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse. Although not the first zombie film, Night of the Living Dead is the progenitor of the contemporary "zombie apocalypse" horror film, and it greatly influenced the modern pop-culture zombie archetype."

Overall Ranking: 315 (Rank from 1968: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 57.14%
Regular 35.71%
Half-Popped 7.14%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Steve Habrat100 - The despondency, the growing frustration, and the ultimate defeat will live on in the cinema history books from now until eternity. One of the scariest films you will ever see.
(full review)
Comedy: 0
Sex Appeal: 0
Scary: 8
Rewatch: 9
BTS Brian100Scary: 6
Danny M100
George Rother of MovieGuy 24/7100(full review)
Drezzy95 - The only zombie movie I can 100% say is better than the original Night is the original Dawn. Night broke down so many barriers and also invented the midnight movie craze, proving that b-grade horror films could, in fact, be a-grade FILMS while also reveling in the gore and misery of the situation. The bad acting, the cheesy (in hindsight only) special effects, and some of the more "whaaat?" choices of direction and narrative don't matter here because the sum is so much greater than any of its parts that it's ridiculous. One of the Top 10 horror films EVER.
Jeremy M95
Brandon H90
Jester Smiles85
David Baruffi80(full review)
Colin Flanagan80 - George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" brought us zombies. His sequel is better, but this is still fun.
Comedy: 0
Sex Appeal: 0
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 6
Thomas Pollock80
Mark Chapman70
Rob from GuysFilmQuest70 - Not what I was expecting at all.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 1
Scary: 4
Rewatch: 3
Bryan Lienesch61 - The original zombie flick. It's pretty obvious how this film unearthed (pun intended) our love for the undead.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 4
Rewatch: 4

People Involved

  • Duane Jones (Ben)
  • Judith ODea (Barbra)
  • Karl Hardman (Harry Cooper)
  • Marilyn Eastman (Helen Cooper)
  • Keith Wayne (Tom)
  • Judith Ridley (Judy)
  • Kyra Schon (Karen Cooper)
  • Charles Craig (Newscaster / Zombie)
  • S. William Hinzman (Cemetery Zombie)
  • Bill Chilly Billy Cardille (Field Reporter)
  • George A. Romero (Washington Reporter)
  • Russell Streiner (Johnny)
  • John A. Russo (Washington Military Reporter)
  • George A. Romero (Director)