"...this was Middle America at war, and the zombie carnage seemed a grotesque echo of the conflict then raging in Vietnam." - Elliott Stein, the Village Voice
George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential horror films of all time. Shot in black and white, Romero produced the film on a meager $114,000 budget. The film quietly premiered on October 1, 1968, at the Fulton Theater in Pittsburgh. But after a decade of cinematic re-releases, it eventually grossed domestic sales of over $12 million (and over $30 million internationally). Romero's low-budget classic went from being unable to find a distributor to becoming one of the most important horror films of all time. In the story, seven people are secluded in a Pennsylvania farmhouse trying to avoid savage attacks by zombified corpses seeking to eat their flesh. The group tries to keep its collective sanity as the zombies try repeatedly to enter the house. Aside from the visceral impact (and years before realistic gore became the fashion), the film is also significant for its portrayal of an African-American man as the protagonist during a time when race relations were a sensitive issue in the United States.