When the zombies are eating the bodies in the burnt-out truck they were actually eating roast ham covered in chocolate sauce. The filmmakers joked that it was so nausea inducing that it was almost a waste of time putting the makeup on the zombies as they ended up looking pale and sick anyway.
The scene where Barbara crashes the car into the tree wasn’t scripted originally; an accident that put a large dent in the car before the scene was shot prompted George Romero to re-write the scene in such a way that the dent is justified.
A friend invited me out to go see the new Japanese horror film One Cut of the Dead. As soon as I watched the trailer, I knew I wanted to see it.
I highly recommend it. The movie succeeded in mixing horror with comedy in a very satisfying way. I found it original and engaging — from the spooky and dark moments to the ridiculousness of the sitcom-like antics. I left the theatre feeling charmed by the whole experience and will certainly watch it again and again.
Ueda, Shin’ichirô. One Cut of the Dead, Enbu Seminar, 2017 (Japan).
I’m going to get to see George A. Romero at the Rue Morgue Dark Carnival in July! Night of the Living Dead was one of the first horror movies that made me fall in love with the horror genre. The movie’s political commentary elevated the horror to surrealism, and I’ve yet to see that done as well again.
Romero, George A. Night of the Living Dead, The Walter Reade Organization / Continental Distributing, 1968.