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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Updated: May 13, 2022

Although it's sometimes credited as the first zombie movie ever made, that's not quite true. That credit goes to White Zombie (1931) starring Bela Lugosi's eyebrows. In that film zombies were exploited as slave labor and, "made to work the sugarmill and the fields at night". Those were the old zombies, back when slavery was a huge problem everywhere. Night of the Living Dead would be the first generation of the modern zombie. The modern zombie is all about consumerism (consuming your flesh), each generation (with each film) getting steadily more ravenous and violent in its pursuit of a comfortable exceptionalist zombie lifestyle. These slow moving corpses are much less scary than the hoards of every other insane rendition of a zombie you can imagine. Out of context this is not a scary movie, the context being that it is more than fifty years old, and will have to start thinking about getting a colonoscopy if it hasn't already. This movie is famous for starring Duane Jones as the lead character Ben because of the color of his skin. This movie is old but it is foundational. I give it 8 of 10 for that reason, it is not a great watch but it is important.

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