It’s funny, but I’ve never really seriously considered the origins of George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead”. Which is ironic, because I really, really love the film. It’s one of the best horror movies ever made, and I can watch it pretty much over and over again. Hell, I watch it all the way through whenever it shows up on TV, which it does often during this time of the year.
So what was the idea behind “Night of the Living Dead”? Rob Kuhns’ documentary “Birth of the Living Dead” dives into that question in an all-new documentary, which features interviews with the man himself. It looks like a really worthwhile watch, and just in time for Halloween, too.
In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed “Night of the Living Dead,” a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day. “Birth of the Living Dead,” a new documentary, shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers — policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner — to shoot, with a revolutionary guerrilla, run-and-gun style, his seminal film. Archival footage of the horrors of Vietnam and racial violence at home combined with iconic music from the 60s invites viewers to experience how Romero’s tumultuous film reflected this period in American history. “Birth of the Living Dead” shows us how this young filmmaker created a world-renowned horror film that was also a profound insight into how our society really works.
Featuring Larry Fessenden, Mark Harris, Gale Anne Hurd, Elvis Mitchell, Samuel D. Pollard, George A. Romero, Chiz Schultz, and Jason Zinoman.
“Birth of the Dead” opens in limited release October 18th, but you’ll be able to see it on iTunes first October 15th.