(George A. Romero, US 1968, 96 min., 35mm)
RIP Romero. Our homage to George A. Romero begins at the beginning, with his debut feature Night of the Living Dead, the film that first unleashed flesh-eating zombies on the mainstream. Steeped in pop-culture iconography, Romero’s low-budget masterpiece and staple of drive-in culture continues to shock audiences with its no-holds-barred approach to an age-old legend. Working on a shoestring budget, Romero and his crew created what was once deemed the most profitable horror film made outside studio walls. Claustrophobic, menacing, brashly political, and altogether terrifying, Night of the Living Dead has exerted powerful influence on the horror genre and on independent cinema in general.