Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 141: Tue May 21

Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.30pm

Renowned zombie books author Max Brooks is at the Prince Charles tonight to introduce Romero's seminal movie. He will also be signing books and be around for a Q&A afterwards. If you want to read some of Brooks' thoughts on why zombies, and in particular why movies about the undead are so popular now, take a look at this Guardian article he wrote a few years back.

Chicago Reader review:
George Romero's gory, style-setting 1968 horror film, made for pennies in Pittsburgh. Its premise—the unburied dead arise and eat the living—is a powerful combination of the fantastic and the dumbly literal. Over its short, furious course, the picture violates so many strong taboos—cannibalism, incest, necrophilia—that it leaves audiences giddy and hysterical. Romero's sequel, Dawn of the Dead, displays a much-matured technique and greater thematic complexity, but Night retains its raw power.
Dave Kehr

Here is the trailer.

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