Image from Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Excerpt from Deep Focus Review, the Definitives: an ongoing series of in-depth essays and appreciations on the very best of cinema: Night of the Living Dead by Brian Eggert
Night of the Living Dead birthed not only the phenomenon of zombie horror, but subsequent decades of exploitative filmmaking hell-bent on scaring audiences out of their seats. Arriving at Saturday matinees and frightening the willies out of the mostly adolescent attendants, George A. Romero’s debut film awakened viewers out of their complacency toward the horror genre with a gritty filmmaking style lending startling realism, biting potential for harsh allegory, and a merciless, unconventional finale. Accustomed to pulpy B-movies wrought with space aliens and monsters and atomic-era mutations, Romero’s film featured thematic undercurrents punctuated by a carnival of cannibalistic violence. Moviegoers had seen nothing like it before.
Link to the full article: http://www.deepfocusreview.com/reviews/nightofthelivingdead.asp
Link to image source: Book review: Zombies! an illustrated history of the undead written Dejan Ognjanovic, March 14, 2011 http://www.beyondhollywood.com/book-review-zombies-an-illustrated-history-of-the-undead/zombies-an-illustrated-history-of-the-undead-book-5/