Horror History: Tuesday, October 1, 1968: Night of the Living Dead was released in theaters

A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of 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.

Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget, Night Of The Living Dead is a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time.




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