NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

Dustin Reynolds

opie159@aol.com

RE: Night of the Living Dead- 1968

T4: NOTLD68 was one of the first horror movies I ever saw.  It propelled me to find more movies like it.  When I saw NOTLD90 I about died.  I loved it also.   The two versions were very similar.  But what set apart the two versions, in my opinion, was the ending.  I live for endings.  Sure the characters were a little different (except Barbara who was completly different) and NOTLD90 was in color, but in NOTLD68 they all died.  This was unbelievable.  I like to write short horror stories and NOTLD68 influenced me to kill off everyone including the hero, which has caused me to recieve proficient and distinguished scores on my writings at school.  To wrap it up, Night of the Living Dead- 1968 is a classic and nothing will ever beat it, in my opinion. 

Dustin Reynolds

 

jamie ulaylia gala

galajl@po.muohio.edu

RE: NOTLD 68

Anxiously waiting for the film to come on, 19 and have never laid eyes on any of romero's work. As the black and white film covered the screen I wasn't sure what to expect, Barbara's voice and face caught my eye, I see why she was chosen for the part, she was perfect for a horror film.  From the time they drove into the cemetery till the end where Ben is shot, I was tense with my heart beating wildly and my legs twitching hoping for some kind of resting point to exhale and release the tension in my body.  Using the house as the point of safety was a brilliant idea.  Being in something that is surrounded by living death is quite disturbing, especially when there are enemies in the house that is suppose to be the point of safety, let alone live enemies.  Romero's natural ability for reaching the viewer's inner fears is very obviously shown in this horror film.  I applaud his work and have strong emotions now about this peice of work.

jamie

 

Nate

nzenner@hotmail.com

RE: Night of The Living Dead

I have never been scared by a movie like I was by this one. I saw this movie for the first time with the wind howling outside while I was hudled close to the small TV, afraid of what might be lurking in the woods, and fields just outside, and of my parents upstairs! I was ten years old, and not allowed to watch horror movies .We livied in a rural area which could have easily doubled as the set for the movie. a small UHF station aired" Night of The Living Dead" around Halloween time. Since I was not supposed to watch it, I had the sneek and watch it on a small black and white TV. I sat on the floor of my bedroom with a blanket over my self and the TV so my parents would not see the light of the TV coming from my room. I was very frightened by the movie, and hey I still am just a bit. Over the past 12 years after having seen it for the first time I have realized what a great piece of film work this movie was If it had been filmed in color it would not have been nearly as effective. It's strange to say about a horror film that terrified me, but there is a special spot for "Night of The Living Dead" in my heart.

Nate

 

Carey

JustRidn@aol.com

RE: Night of the Living Dead

Being a screenwriter in the greatest genre known to mankind, I constantly study macabre cinema. I look for inspiration from the classics, both young and old. To this day, that inspiration for me is still Night of the Living Dead. Thirty years have gone by, and I have yet to experience a more powerful, visceral, and intelligent scarefest. It was and still is the quintessential modern horror film. Let's forget for a moment all the sociopolitical interpretations the film is laced with where most critics have praised it's genius. Here you have this small team of young, aspiring filmmakers, with a miniscule budget, and a great B movie idea for their first project. They set a goal to create a scary, intelligent, and well made film with the limited expenses they had. And the master himself, Mr. Romero, whom horror fans were not yet acquainted with, gave us just that . And much, much more. These guys sat down over a couple of beers one night, said to one another, we can do this. And over a year later, they're all together at the local drive inn, watching their movie. Not much later, it's recognized by all us serious horror fans as the godfather, and then it gets invited into the Museum of Modern Art. As if that's not motivating enough, then I sit down and watch the film for the first time when I was a teenager. Not only do I consider this film to be the finest the genre has to offer, but one of the greatest movies in cinema history, period. I know, most of you will say Evil Dead is the best, and it is up there on my list, probably a close second. But just remember, if Romero hadn't given the world this masterpiece, would there ever have been an Evil Dead? I doubt it. Think about your favorite horror films that you've watched over a hundred times, and then pick the one that would still be difficult to watch alone, at night in a dark house. I did that, and Night of the Living Dead is still the one I have trouble getting to sleep to after viewing. Thanks George, you encouraged me to make a career decision.......And by the way, congratulations on this site. It's fangtastic!

Carey

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