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In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day.
Birth of the Living Dead shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner to shoot a revolutionary guerrilla style film that went on to become a cinematic landmark, offering a profound insight into how our society worked in a singular time in American history.
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Fascinating, hugely entertaining documentary chronicles the making of the classic horror film while also tracing its lineage, its colossal influence on the zombie sub-genre, and analysis of its cultural import. And kudos to director Rob Kuhns; he s crafted a spot-on, ingratiating, informative film that should appeal to the died-in-the-wool horror fanatic as well as the interested newbie. This is easily one of my favorites of 2013 so far. --Dean Galanis, Forces of Geek
Mesmerizing...I finally understand why I was not only scared out of my wits, but was simultaneously watching a cinematic breakthrough and cultural phenomenon. Birth of the Living Dead is immensely watchable and abundantly enlightening, with one ah-hah moment after another. --Bill Moyers
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Wow, this one provides the kind of fun for fanciers of Zombie films that comes along only once in a great while. “Birth of the Living Dead” takes us on a trip in the way-back machine some 45 years into the past to peek into that time that changed Zombies and Zombie movies forever. This documentary on the making of “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) has long stretches of George Romero smiling and remembering how the film ever got made and distributed in the first place-not a sure thing even after the finished film rested in the can, ready to go.
Romero had almost no money to make this now classic and hugely influential film. He never had enough cash and even during filming had to scrape around for enough money to finish. Even with repeated shaking of the money tree, the eventual budget came to only $114,000. Like many low budget films since, many of the cast and crew filled multiple roles. Many of the cast members were friends and business associates of Romero and his fellow film makers. Also in keeping with later low budget Zombie films, the actual Zombies were volunteers, people acting as Zombies (and in this case mock eating actual organs and offal). One bold lady acted as a totally naked Zombie-just for the fun of it.
Commentary by numerous Zombie film aficionados as well as George himself keep the interviews lively. The most famous of the speakers is big time Hollywood producer Gail Anne Hurd who has produced such popular films as the first three “Terminator” films, both “Punisher” films the amazing and wonderful “Armageddon” and two “Hulk” movies. She has also produced the TV smash hit “The Walking Dead” and beginning in the summer of 2015 will produce a spin off called “Fear of the Walking Dead” set in LA.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great background on Romero and the modern zombie. A really fantastic doc.Published 2 months ago by Amanda
Boring documentary that rehashes the same old crap a real NOTLD already knows. Several people interviewed have no business being in this. FILLER.Published 5 months ago by Vincent
this is a good comprehensive doc about the making of night of the living dead.Published 9 months ago by gabriel cedeï¿½o
If your a zombie fan you will enjoy this documentary of the movie that shook the genrePublished 9 months ago by e rivers
Interesting to learn about how this film became what it is.Published 11 months ago by Jeffrey Maskel
Night of the Living Dead is my fav horror movie. I wish someone would put this on a disc with the film. I will buy it.Published 11 months ago by msac
Very entertaining and explained a so much I didn't know about the night of the living dead. Excellent documentary.Published 12 months ago by Rita R.
Interesting insights for genre fans though nothing all that newPublished 13 months ago by Reader/author