"They're coming to get you, Barbra!"
You always ask for more horror, so I'm giving you the original and best. The genre-defining low budget zombie movie, an influential horror classic, an unintentional social and political commentary on racial inequality. George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead.
The story of zombies has been rooted in culture for decades, and black history has its own myths, based around the Afro-Haitian slave trade, where slaves would welcome death to escape slavery, but feared being resurrected after death for an eternity of servitude.
This movie teaches us that being good doesn't mean you'll survive; that in the zombie apocalypse, everyone is doomed, and hope is non-existent.
Night of the Living Dead remains constantly relevant, ground-breaking horror, incorporating societal tensions and anxieties of the 1960s and beyond. And it's in the public domain, so lots of other people have remade, remastered, colourized and rebooted it...
The original, though, is timeless. The ending to this movie will live with me forever.
I would love to hear your thoughts on Night of the Living Dead (1968) !
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