‘Night of the Living Dead‘ was released in 1968, and is arguably the genesis of the modern zombie film.
Prior to Night of the Living Dead, most zombie films were focused on voodoo curses and witchcraft as plot devices to take control of a human being. Night of the Living Dead flipped that around and had the dead rising from their graves as an emotionless, slow-moving, but unstoppable force.
You can also see the change in some of the posters that accompanied the film, they are stark, and eschew the conventions of the gothic-horror of the preceding years, as the strap-line for one of the posters states: “No love story, No hero, No heroine, No message, No questions, No answers, JUST TERROR“. This was a new, almost gonzo approach to horror and it put horror films on a new path.
‘Night of the Living Dead’ Posters
You will no doubt recognize some of the more famous theatrical posters for ‘Night of the Living Dead‘, but the artwork and presentation actually had some wildly different treatments for releases outside the US.
This is the classic poster for ‘Night of the Living Dead’ that most fans will recognize.
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This is an Italian poster from ‘Night of the Living Dead‘ – it is interesting that some of the European posters for ‘Night of the Living Dead‘ had such a Gothic and almost Hammer House feel to them, given that Romero’s film pretty much dragged the zombie genre into a modern and brutal age, free from the Gothic horror and voodoo plotlines that were standard for most zombie films prior to ‘Night of the Living Dead‘.
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