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Episode 216

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Published on: 20th July, 2023

"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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The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.
Are you interested in how movies are made? Do you wonder how a film went from conception to completion? If so Verbal Diorama, hosted by Em, is the podcast for you!

Movies are tough to make, and Verbal Diorama is here to celebrate the coming together of teams of extraordinary cast and crew, bringing us movies that inspire us, delight us, make us laugh, make us cry and frighten us. This podcast discovers the stories behind the scenes, and proves how amazing it is that movies actually exist!

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are audibly book ended by Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.