Whether “The Walking Dead’ or ‘Train To Busan’, ‘Zombieland’ or ‘Army Of The Dead’, ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ or ‘World War Z’ – none of these zombie hits would be what they are without George A. Romero. The forefather of undead cinema shaped horror cinema like only a few before and after him and with his films provided the blueprint for the brain-hungry, roaming monsters, which still enjoy enormous popularity after more than half a century.
While for many genre fans nothing beats 1978’s Zombie – Dawn Of The Dead, and some others prefer the often underrated Day Of The Dead, which Romero shot seven years later, there’s broad consensus that his debut film is cinematic is probably by far the most important. And that’s exactly what is celebrating a very special home cinema comeback. Then George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) will premiere in 4K on November 24, 2022. Studiocanal’s Ultra HD premiere is available as a Limited Edition, which you can grab now:
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During the release with lush bonus material like the documentation With an alternative film version, interviews and more coming along with Raising The Dead, expect the film itself to look better than ever At least that’s exactly what the many cult classics that have shone in new splendor under Studiocanal in the recent past give reason to hope for.
The news comes shortly after it was announced that the zombie classic will be back in cinemas in a few weeks. After “Dawn Of The Dead” was removed from the index in 2020 and then celebrated its screen comeback, its no less legendary predecessor follows: Anyone who wants to experience “The Night of the Living Dead” in the cinema has the opportunity to do so on October 31, 2022. The film will be shown throughout Germany on Halloween.
It is no coincidence that Romero established an entire genre with his films. He wasn’t primarily concerned with unleashing the most spectacular carnage possible (even if his later films in particular set new standards in terms of splatter and make-up art). Instead, the filmmaker always drew horror scenarios, the horror of which consists only partly of the flesh-hungry zombies, but not least also of a large portion of social criticism.
While “Dawn Of The Dead” went down in film history as probably the most bloodthirsty piece of criticism of capitalism, “The Night of the Living Dead”, which thanks to freevee you can currently stream completely free of charge and without a Prime subscription on Amazon, takes a critical stance on American society of the 1960s and the racism that prevailed in the USA in particular – and is therefore still red-hot even after more than 50 years. For us, the film is even one of the best horror films of all time.
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This is what “Night of the Living Dead” is about: Barbra (Judith O’Dea) is attacked in a cemetery by a strange, aggressive man. Her brother Johnny (Russell Streiner) rushes to help, but dies in the course of the argument, while his sister finds shelter in a nearby house.
In addition to the traveler Ben (Duane Jones), several people have already barricaded themselves there – because there seem to be other of these mysterious figures who attack people seemingly at random. As the squad hatches a plan to escape, it soon becomes clear that a sinister threat lurks inside the house as well…
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