Frame by Frame: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Year1968
Decade1960s
CinematographerGeorge Romero
DirectorGeorge Romero
Aspect Ratio1.37
GenreHorror, Zombie
Camera – Arri 35 IIC (More on the Arri 35 II series of cameras)
Format35mm; Black and White
Production Info – Budget of $114,000 and shot in 30 days, which were spread out over seven months as Romero took breaks to tend to his Pittsburgh commercial production company
Key Words – Close-Ups

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The Movie
A group of bickering survivors hole up in an isolated farmhouse besieged by the undead in George Romero’s immeasurably influential Night of the Living Dead. The film redefined not only the zombie movie but the horror genre itself, drawing a clear line of demarcation between the genre’s history of gothic monsters and enlarged radioactive creatures and the more angry, violent and transgressive contemporary horror of the 1970s. In commemoration of Night of the Living Dead’s 50th anniversary, I’m looking back at some of my favorite frames from Romero’s directorial debut. Continue Reading ›

Deep Fried Interview: Birth of the Living Dead director Rob Kuhns

14. bThe making of George Romero’s paradigm-shifting horror film Night of the Living Dead was an exercise in perseverance. The movie’s 30-day shooting schedule was spread out over seven months, with the majority taking place in an about-to-be-demolished Pennsylvania farmhouse with no running water. Everyone wore multiple hats – from Romero, who also served as cinematographer and co-editor, to Ross Harris, who invested not only money but also entrails from his meat packing plant for the zombie extras to chow down on. Continue Reading ›

Behind the scenes pics and George Romero quotes for Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead #2 (Discreet)

George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead redefined not only the zombie film but the horror genre itself, drawing a clear line of demarcation between the genre’s history of gothic monsters and enlarged radioactive creatures and the more angry, violent and transgressive contemporary horror of the 1970s. The film’s gritty black-and-white photography, its then-daring employment of an African-American hero and its ubiquitous availability on television and video thanks to a lack of copyright all played roles in Night’s success. Yet all three of those things nearly never came to be. Keep reading for a collection of Night of the Living Dead production stills and a few quotes from Romero about how a handful of fortuitous turns helped make the film an enduring classic. Continue Reading ›

31 Days of Horror: The posters of artist Mark Welser

Dawn of the Dead

Vibrant colors and silhouettes are the trademarks of the alternative posters of Erie, Pennsylvania artist Mark Welser. Below is a collection of Welser’s horror film designs. Check out more of Welser’s work here and buy a poster or post card while you’re at it. You can also keep up with Welser’s newest work by liking his Facebook page. (continue reading) Continue Reading ›