Every notice that Night of the Living Dead pops up in a ton of other horror movies? Just about every time someone in a thriller is watching a film on TV, it’s George A. Romero’s seminal zombie classic. You may have also noticed that many films that followed also adopted the “Night of the” and/or “Living Dead” moniker, making it seem as though there is at least a tentative affiliation with the original. I knew it had something to do with public domain vs copyrighted material, but the specifics were nebulous.
Now, a video from Kaptain Kristian on YouTube explains the situation—and it’s pretty damn tragic. Find out how a simple mistake cost George A. Romero untold millions over his lifetime. If it doesn’t break your heart, it’ll at least make you shake your head while thinking, “That’s a damn shame.” Have a look-see.
Official Synopsis: A quick look at George Romero’s feature debut and the copyright issues that shaped the zombie genre.
For kicks, check out the trailer for Night of the Living Dead below.
Official Synopsis: A disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave the graveyard in search of fresh human bodies to devour. The pragmatic Ben (Duane Jones) does his best to control the situation, but when the reanimated bodies surround the house, the other survivors begin to panic. As any semblance of order within the group begins to dissipate, the zombies start to find ways inside — and one by one, the living humans become the prey of the deceased ones.
Night of the Living Dead stars Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, and Karl Hardman.