Sounds of Cinema

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Night of the Living Dead

Friday, September 20th, 2013
10:00pm – Science Lab Auditorium
Winona State University

The event is free and open to the public.

Sounds of Cinema is sponsoring a public screening of the original Night of the Living Dead. The patient zero of all zombie movies, George A. Romero's 1968 masterwork still manages to get under the skin of contemporary viewers.

The movie concerns a group of strangers who barricade themselves inside a farm house when the dead rise from the grave in pursuit of human flesh. While the zombie threat festers outside, tensions among the survivors begin to swell.

Night of the Living Dead was a product of its time. In 1968 America's sense of self had been shaken by race riots, assassinations, and turmoil over the Vietnam War. This film distilled all of that conflict into the metaphor of a zombie apocalypse and it has emerged as one of the essential American films of that period of time.

With the continued popularity of zombies in films and television shows and with the advent of grass roots zombie events, in which participants dress up as the undead and stumble their way through malls, bars, and other public places, Night of the Living Dead continues to both impact and reflect American culture.

Below are links to essays, reviews, and videos about Night of the Living Dead: