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Night of the Living Dead
File:Night of the Living Dead affiche.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by George A. Romero
Produced by Karl Hardman
Russell Streiner
Written by George A. Romero
John A. Russo
Starring Duane Jones
Judith O'Dea
Karl Hardman
Marilyn Eastman
Keith Wayne
Judith Ridley
Bill Cardille
Kyra Schon
Music by William Loose
Fred Steiner
(stock recording)
Cinematography George A. Romero
Edited by George A. Romero
John A. Russo
Image Ten
Laurel Group
Market Square Productions
Distributed by The Walter Reade Organization
Release date
October 1, 1968 (1968-10-01)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $114,000
Box office $42 million
($256,147,434 as of 2009)

File:Night of the Living Dead (1968).webm Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American horror movie directed by George A. Romero. It stars Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. It premiered on October 1, 1968. It was completed on a US$114,000 budget. The film became a financial success, grossing $12 million domestically and $18 million internationally.

Night of the Living Dead was heavily criticized at its release owing to explicit content. It eventually garnered critical acclaim. It was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a movie deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.[1] The movie is in the public domain due to an error by the distributor.[1][2]

The story follows characters Ben (Duane Jones), Barbra (Judith O'Dea), and five others trapped in a lonely farmhouse in Pennsylvania which is attacked by unnamed "living dead" monsters which later became known in popular culture as zombies. Night of the Living Dead was the basis of five Living Dead movies (1978–2010) also directed by Romero, and has inspired remakes.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.C. Maçek III (2012-06-15). "The Zombification Family Tree: Legacy of the Living Dead". PopMatters.
  2. Boluk, Stephanie; Lenz, Wylie (June 16, 2011 (2011-06-16)). "Introduction: Generation Z, the Age of Apocalypse". In Boluk, Stephanie; Lenz, Wylie. Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture. Jefferson, North Carolina, US: McFarland & Company. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-7864-6140-0 . Retrieved August 26, 2011 (2011-08-26).

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