Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

Directed by George A. Romero • 1968 • United States
Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman

Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget, by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, directed by horror master George A. Romero, is a great story of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero’s claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role. Stark, haunting, and more relevant than ever, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is back.

Restored by the Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and the Celeste Bartos Preservation Fund.

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Night of the Living Dead
  • Night of the Living Dead

    Directed by George A. Romero • 1968 • United States
    Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman

    Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget, by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, directed by horror master George A. Romero, is a great story of...

Extras

  • NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Commentary 1

    This 1994 commentary features NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD cowriter-director-editor George A. Romero, producer-actor Karl Hardman, actor Marilyn Eastman, and cowriter John Russo.

  • NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Commentary 2

    This 1994 commentary features NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD producer-actor Russell Streiner, pruduction managers Vincent Survinski, and actors Judith O’Dea, S. William Hinzman, Kyra Schon, and Keith Wayne

  • Night of Anubis

    This uncorrected 16 mm work print of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD features the alternate opening title and a day-for-night ghoul shot that was removed at the request of the original distributor. It is missing part two of the second reel. Unrestored audio from the finished film has been conformed as c...

  • Night of Anubis: Russell Streiner Introduction

    The following introduction by NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD coproducer Russell Streiner to an uncorrected 16 mm work print of the film was recorded in 2017.

  • Light in the Darkness

    Made in 2017, this program features filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez discussing the cinematic importance of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

  • Dailies

    This silent 16 mm reel includes never-before-seen raw footage and alternate takes that were not used in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

  • Dailies: Gary Streiner Introduction

    The following introduction by sound engineer Gary Streiner to a 16 mm reel of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD dailies was recorded in 2017.

  • Learning from Scratch

    In this 2017 interview, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD cowriter John Russo remembers the Latent Image, the commercial and industrial-film production company in which he and cowriter-director-editor George A. Romero were partners, and discusses its importance in preparing the filmmakers for their featur...

  • NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD TV Newsreel

    This VHS recording of silent, B-roll 16 mm film shot for Pittsburgh broadcast news, saved by newscaster and actor Bill “Chilly Billy” Cardille, is the only behind-the-scenes footage of the NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD production known to exist. Original music has been added by Jeff Carney.

  • Walking Like the Dead

    Made in 2017 by Jim Cirronella, this program features ten cast and crew members discussing what it was like to portray cinema’s original flesh-eating ghouls, in interviews shot for the 2009 documentary AUTOPSY OF THE DEAD.

  • Tones of Terror

    This 2017 program featuring producer Jim Cirronella delves into the skillful use of existing library music for the scoring of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

  • Limitations into Virtues

    In this 2017 video essay, filmmakers Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos (Every Frame a Painting) examine the style of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

  • Higher Learning

    In this footage from a November 2, 2012, Toronto International Film Festival event, hosted and moderated by Colin Geddes, director George A. Romero discusses NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

  • Duane Jones on NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

    Conducted by journalist Tim Ferrante on December 13, 1987, this audio interview with actor Duane Jones, edited by Ferrante and including content not heard in previous presentations, is illustrated with stills and clips.

  • Judith Ridley on NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

    Produced in 1994 by Elite Entertainment, this interview features actor Judith Ridley discussing her role in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

  • Venus Probe

    This 1967 newsreel detailing the real-life findings of the “Mariner 5” spacecraft in Venus’s atmosphere prefigured the radiation-contaminated satellite that causes the dead to rise in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

  • Original Theatrical Trailer

  • TV Spots: Twenty Seconds

  • TV Spots: Sixty Seconds

  • Radio Spots: 1968, Thirty Seconds

  • Radio Spots: 1968, Sixty Seconds

  • Radio Spots: 1970 Rerelease 1

  • Radio Spots: 1970 Rerelease 2