Night of the Living Dead 40th Anniversary

By Marco Lanzagorta

27 October 2008

Few would disagree that Night of the Living Dead is one of the most important and talked about films in the history of cinema. On our second day celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead, PopMatters offers six articles that give a rationale as to why, after 40 years, Night of the Living Dead continues to provide a frightful and nightmarish viewing experience.

27 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

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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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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