23rd Oct2018

George A. Romero’s ‘Night of the Living Dead’ heads back to cinemas!

by Phil Wheat

A half-century ago, the living dead had their night, but for decades Night of the Living Dead has only been seen in murky, fuzzy versions. Directed by horror legend, and father of the zombie film, the late George A. Romero (Dawn of The Dead, Day of The Dead, The Crazies), the film is a great story of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential horror films of all time.

Night of the Living Dead tells the deceptively simple story of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse and find themselves fending of a horde of recently dead flesh-eating ghouls. Romero’s claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combining gruesome gore with acute social commentary, while quietly breaking ground by casting an African-American actor (Duane Jones) in its leading role.

Prior to his death in 2017, Romero supervised the restoration of Night of the Living Dead in anticipation of the film’s 50th anniversary. He worked with the film’s sound engineer, Gary Streiner, to restore and remaster the movie in 4K Ultra HD from the original camera negative. The Museum of Modern Art, The Film Foundation, The George Lucas Family Foundation, and The Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center supported the restoration project. And starting tomorrow, Wednesday October 24th, Night of the Living Dead returns to cinemas across UK and Ireland in this newly restored and remastered version presented by Fathom Events, CinEvents and Living Dead Media to commemorate its 50th anniversary, which will be accompanied by a new behind-the-scenes look at the making of this iconic film.

If you haven’t seen this film on the big screen, you haven’t truly seen Night of the Living Dead as it was intended – it also makes for perfect Halloween viewing! To purchase tickets and to find your closest participating cinema go to www.fathomfear.com

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