Night of the Living Dead Review
Written by: ShawnStaggs
Night of the Living Dead is and always will be, by all accounts, a horror classic. We start off here with a woman named Barbara, and her brother Johnny, driving to a far out cemetery. Soon, however, they realize they are not alone. Unknown to them, the dead have been reanimated through some unknown means, and have begun attacking and eating the living.
After a raging zombie kills Johnny, Barbara runs through the woods and eventually finds an old farm house to take refuge in. When finding a dead body upstairs sends her into a brand new state of shock, she sits terrified and wait. Shortly later, a man by the name of Ben shows up for the rescue...but Barbara is pretty much useless by this point.
Once Ben takes care of a few zombie problems, they discover some more survivors hiding out in the basement. Tommy, Judy, Mr. Cooper and Mrs. Cooper, and their infected daughter, Karen. Ben and Mr. Cooper butt heads from the start, but the rest organize a plan to board up the house, while Mr. Cooper feels much more safe in the basement.
Eventually, all goes wrong. Tommy and Judy are killed trying to get gasoline, Ben murders Mr. Cooper, and Barbara is pulled through a window by zombies. Karen reanimates and killed her mother, and Ben dispatches them. Finally, the sun is rising and a search and rescue party is moving in on the isolated farm house. Ben, being mistaken for a zombie in the window, is shot and killed. I don't have any complaints here, the movie is brilliant with undertones directed at a Vietnam-era America. -Shawn Staggs