Night of the Living Dead ★★★★

Hooptober 5 (2018) - #7

Even though it's a stone cold classic, and the beginning of an entire horror film genre, I don't revisit this often. When I do, I find it still feels special, even after the zombie menace has seen so many permutations in the years since. It’s simple and sparse and bleak in a way that’s arresting: one house, one truck, one gun, six people, one horde of the undead.

Within that small context it explores the fledgling zombie dynamic: if you manage to protect yourself against the monsters, your real challenge will become survival among other people. It was never a coincidence that zombies are just humans with their humanity stripped away, looking back at you from across a gulf that's growing smaller by the minute.

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