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Night of the Living Dead
Alternate Title: Night of Anubis
Director: George A. Romero (Dir)
Release Date:   1968
Premiere Information:   Pittsburgh opening: 1 Oct 1968
Duration (in mins):   90
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Cast:   Judith O'Dea (Barbara)  
    Russell Streiner (Johnny)  
    Duane Jones (Ben)  
    Karl Hardman (Harry Cooper)  
    Keith Wayne (Tom)  
    Judith Ridley (Judy)  
    Marilyn Eastman (Helen Cooper)  
    Kyra Schon (Karen Cooper)  
    Bill Hinzman    
    Charles Craig    
    Frank Doak    
    George Kosana    

Summary: While visiting their father's grave, a sister and brother, Barbara and Johnny, are attacked by a strange, disheveled man. Leaving the unconscious Johnny behind, Barbara flees to a nearby farmhouse and discovers a horribly mutilated corpse. Meanwhile, the strange man has been joined by several other ghoulish figures who are trying to help him break into the farmhouse. Suddenly, Ben, a young black salesman also seeking refuge, appears and fights his way past them into the house. While barricading the windows and doors, he explains to Barbara that a mutation resulting from radiation has caused the dead to arise and devour the living. Ben learns from a television report that fire frightens the ghouls and that they can be killed by a bullet or blow to the brain. Barbara and Ben then find that they are not alone in the farmhouse: in the basement are teenaged couple Judy and Tom as well as married couple Helen and Harry and their young daughter, Karen. Unknown to Helen and Harry, Karen has been injured by the ghouls and is slowly acquiring their disease. Ben improvises a plan to help Tom and Judy escape; but they panic and die in a fire and are devoured by the zombies. The ghouls finally burst through the barricades, and Ben accidentally shoots Harry; Barbara is dragged away by her brother Johnny, who has become a ghoul; and Helen is murdered and eaten by her infected daughter. By morning, when the living have succeeded in suppressing the dead, only Ben has survived by barricading himself in the basement of the farmhouse. But he is mistaken for a ghoul and shot through the head when he bursts out to greet a posse sent to destroy the zombies. 

Production Company: Image Ten  
Distribution Company: Continental Distributing, Inc.  
Director: George A. Romero (Dir)
Producer: Russell Streiner (Prod)
  Karl Hardman (Prod)
Writer: George A. Romero (Scr)
  John A. Russo (Scr)
Photography: George A. Romero (Dir of photog)
  Joseph Unitas (Lighting supervisor)
Film Editor: George A. Romero (Film ed)
Sound: Gary R. Streiner (Sd)
  Marshall Booth (Sd)
Special Effects: Regis Survinski (Spec eff)
  Tony Pantanello (Spec eff)
Make Up: Karl Hardman (Makeup)
  Marilyn Eastman (Makeup)
  Bruce Capristo (Hairstyles)
Production Misc: Vincent D. Survinski (Prod director)
  George Kosana (Prod mgr)
  Jacqueline Streiner (Cont)
  Betty Ellen Haughey (Cont)
  The Animators (Title seq)
Country: United States
Language: English

 
Genre: Horror
 
Subjects (Major): Brothers and sisters
  Cannibalism
  Cemeteries
  Corpses
  Death and dying
  Family relationships
  Fires
  Murder
  Mutation
  African Americans
  Radiation
  Salesmen
  Zombies
 
Subjects (Minor): Mutilation of corpses

Note: Filmed in Evans City, Pennsylvania. Working titles: Night of the Flesh Eaters and Night of Anubis

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