Behind The Scenes: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

George A. Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead is hands down one of my favorite films of all time. I’ve stated before how I watched this for the first time on my little black and white television and was so scared and fascinated by it all that I had to stretch the cable into the hallway of my Grandparent’s house so I didn’t have to watch it alone. It was and still is such a captivating experience. It was also the start of my lifelong love of the Zombie genre.

The always impressive Quint over at Ain’t It Cool News has delivered two fantastic behind the scenes photos of the classic horror film. The reason he did so was due to the sad news that on February 5th, Bill Hinzman, the first zombie we see in the film passed away.

[Via] The Y Fighter on YouTube.


[Photos Via] Quint at Ain’t It Cool News

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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5 thoughts on “Behind The Scenes: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Bill Hinzman was probably the first zombie I ever saw in action on my TV screen, one dark and stormy night.
    He deserves credit for sparking the trend of menacing flesh eaters, ambling anxiously toward unsuspecting victims.
    The initial NOTLD scene had it all: humor, horror, victim (with a thud practically worse than later biting attacks) and one suspenseful chase scene that defined the helplessness of living in an undead world. Run!

    Our local television listing insert had this movie rated lowest on the scale, which meant must-see TV. How could this have affected the prudish senses of the Gone With The Wind-loving raters?
    I was a bit baffled the first time I saw this, but grew to love it (so did the listing raters, as they gave this nearly four stars, the second time around – always wondered about that).

    With this movie, and the slow, but surprising Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things on a midnight showing, my idiot box opened my mind to a life-lasting admiration for apocalyptic visions of undead reclaiming the living as we strive to survive in a useless material world.

    They’re coming to get us.

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