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30 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Life Amongst the Undead

Just as Johnny utters,“They’re coming to get you, Barbra” someone lurched through the door with a zombie shamble and a flashlight held under his face for a ghastly lighting effect.

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I See Dead People

The real legacy of Night of the Living Dead is the way it became a quintessential icon that perfectly represents the patriarchal conflict for phallic control, as well as the confrontation between the primitive and the civilized.

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1968 is Undead

The radio and television broadcasts of Night of the Living Dead depict a government unable to protect, alert, and prepare its citizenry for a national crisis, which reminds us of the mass bureaucratic bungling of the September 11th tragedies and the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

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Decade of the Dead

After a decade in which the dissemination of powerful images of human suffering—911, Abu Ghraib, Darfur, Iraq, New Orleans—have had little impact on changing the status quo, it’s hard to grudge Romero for his pessimism.

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We’re Coming to Get You, Barbra

The real monsters in Night of the Living Dead are the hobgoblins we face every day: jealousy, selfishness, anger, lies, rage, and simple misunderstandings.

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Forty Years On and It Still Ain’t Worth Saving

Between the '60s and the present day, there seems to have been little meaningful social progress. Forty years on and Romero’s America is still a divided nation.

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Victim or Vigilante? The Case of the Two Barbras

We cannot say that the original Night of the Living Dead’s racial politics trump the gender politics of the remake, but rather, that the great power of tragedy can still grip us long after a movie’s more superficial aspects have been superseded.

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28 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Zombie Nation

As a concept, the dead returning to destroy the living is worse than Germany invading Poland, worse than Islamic fundamentalists destroying a New York landmark, worse than a tsunami killing tens of thousands of people.

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Zombies on Wardour Street

Although British audiences were becoming familiar with an evolution in horror, Night of the Living Dead still presented a startling leap into the unknown.

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Why Can’t We Just Eat Brains and be Happy?

Ben must die for the world to return to normal and the racial hierarchy is re-established. This is Romero’s most incisive critique: that even in the face of unimaginable horror, humanity reverts to its status quo.

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The Unhappy Undead

The Civil War is reenacted on a micro level in Night of the Living Dead. Your neighbors are the real monsters.

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28 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Subverting the Subversion

The seemingly progressive casting of Night of the Living Dead actually reinforces the message from racist groups of the time: a well-spoken African American is the person responsible for the deaths of all of the white characters in the film.

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28 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Trouble with Harry

In Night of the Living Dead, the most unpleasant character just happens to also be the most insightful.

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28 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

Blinded by Science

While Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a wonderful tale of a tortured man and his experiment, I’ll take Hollywood’s version of the block-headed monster any day.

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Zombie Walk This Way

Witnessing the Zombie Walk phenomenon in action is almost like watching the display of a worldwide death wish.

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27 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Resurrection Revisited

The idea of the resurrection promises a reunion with lost loved one, but in Night of the Living Dead, this reunion is a frustrated one.

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I’m Coming to Get You, Barbra

Zombies present a wholly different kind of terror, especially when that ghoul is your friend or brother or child.

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Blood, Guts, and Identity Fragmentation

The struggle for ascendancy in the most powerful nation in the world is perfectly embodied in Night of the Living Dead.

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An Anthem for the Undead

The allure of the undead stems from the idea that a zombie apocalypse strips man to his barest self and essentially subverts thousands upon thousands of years' worth of moral discipline.

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Satiety in Numbers

Night of the Living Dead counters the swarming crowds of the walking dead with a seemingly antithetical mode of social organization, namely the nuclear family taken to its destructive, quasi-incestuous extreme.

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