NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD was restored by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation.
The restoration was overseen by George A. Romero and Image Ten—most especially, Gary Streiner, Russ Streiner, and John Russo—with restoration work done by Cineric Inc, NYC, and Audio Mechanics, Burbank, CA.
Not many directors can claim to have kickstarted an entire subgenre of horror, but George A. Romero can definitely lay claim for the modern day Zombie movie with his seminal classic “Night Of The Living Dead.”
For over 50 years Romero towered over the genre like the trailblazer he was, never afraid of controversy. He used his films to subvert the mainstream and offer commentary on everything from gender, to politics, to race and society.
A cerebral filmmaker, Romero used horror tropes as jumping off points for discussion (and dissection) about whatever ills were affecting contemporary America at the time. It also helped that he knew how to craft a truly scary horror movie that never shied away from onscreen violence and gore without resorting to cheap thrills.
Romero was a meticulous filmmaker overseeing every aspect of his projects, which is why they still hold up today. It’s hard to choose a favourite Romero film out of his vast and impressive oeuvre, but NOTLD really retains every ounce of the power it had when it debuted back in 1968.
We’ll miss George Romero everytime we see a Zombie walk, crawl or run onscreen, but ultimately it also means he’ll never be forgotten; he’ll always be with us as his impressive legacy continues to inspire filmmakers for generations to come. RIP George. (Spencer Hickman)
Special Thanks to Janus Films
West Coast Premiere
Director: George A. Romero
Country: United States
Runtime: 96 minutes
Mick Garris and Masters of Horror will lead a discussion between NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE