The film that basically started it all. Night of the Living Dead has gone on to inspire hundreds of filmmakers to bring the living dead back to life on film. It has and will always stand the test of time. It is one of those films which will live on for generations to come, and now we have word of yet another documentary which takes us deep into the film’s origins.
The documentary is titled Birth of the Living Dead (formerly Year of the Dead) and is directed by Rob Kuhns. We have the early details and also a trailer for you guys to check out and pass your judgement.
Synopsis: In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed a low budget horror film that shocked the world and became an icon of the counterculture – “Night of the Living Dead.”
“Year of the Living Dead,” a new documentary, shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers — policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner — to shoot, with a revolutionary guerrilla, run-and-gun style, his seminal film. During that process Romero and his team created an entirely new and horribly chilling monster – one that was undead and feasted upon human flesh. The “zombie” became its own genre worth billions of dollars that continues to this day.
This new documentary also immerses audiences into the singular time in which “Night” was shot. Archival footage of the horrors of Vietnam and racial violence at home combined with iconic music from the 60s invites viewers to experience how Romero’s tumultuous film reflected this period in American history. “Year of the Living Dead” shows us how this young filmmaker created a world-renowned horror film that was also a profound insight into how our society really works.
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