Directed by George Romero
Zombies film have never exactly scared me, but they are still one of my favorite sub genres of horror. The dialogue and special effects can be silly or serious and ultimately effective either way.
Siblings Johnny and Barbra are on their way to pay respects to their father's grave. Just as Johnny is about to scare Barbra as a prank, the two of them are attacked by zombies. Barbra lives and must band together with other survivors in order to figure out how to live through the onslaught of murderous monsters.
The true greatness of this film stems from the interactions between the humans rather than the attacks from the zombies. It kind of reminded me of Hitchcock's Lifeboat or Ford's Stagecoach: a group of people having to abandon their prejudices and trust issues in order to survive. The difference here is that the chances of ever getting back to normal are slim to none.
This is probably the best zombie film I ever seen. Great dialogue and hey, entertaining action to boot.
One of the most successful independent films of all time.
First movie filmed in Pittsburgh. My home town. Yay!