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BFI Film Classics

Night of the Living Dead

Authors: Hervey, Ben A.

  • Study of a cult horror classic
  • Current renewed interest in horror films and zombie films in particular with recent releases Shaun of the Dead and 28 Weeks Later
  • Of interest to fans and students of horror films and students of American studies
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George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead is a cult classic, a tremendously effective and influential horror film that has resonated with its audiences, and with independent film-makers, ever since its release in 1968. The movie redefined horror cinema, ripping away its Gothic cobwebs to confront harsh contemporary realities, and launched the modern zombie genre that continues with films like 28 Days Later ... and Shaun of the Dead. Shot by Romero and a determined team of Pittsburghers on a shoestring budget, the film was as raw and bleak as uncensored news footage: an uncompromising picture of a nation devouring itself. Young audiences responded: from the counterculture hangouts of Greenwich Village, Night became an international midnight movie cult. Fans returned to see it over and over again.
 
Ben Hervey's illuminating study of the movie and its enduring appeal traces Night's influences, from Powell and Pressburger to fifties horror comics, and provides the first history of its reception. Hervey argues that the film broke cultural barriers, feted at New York's Museum of Modern Art while it was still packing out 42nd Street grindhouses. Scene-by-scene analysis meshes with detailed historical contexts, showing why Night spoke to its audiences about Vietnam, civil rights and the ever-bloodier seizures of a society in the grip of huge change. Hervey argues that Night was a new kind of horror film: the expression of a generation who didn't want their world to return to normal.

About the authors

BEN HERVEY has taught and lectured in Film Studies and Anglo-American Literature at the Universities of Oxford and Reading, UK.  He now works mainly as a film historian and screenwriter, and has written for Sight& Sound.

Reviews

'Within its short confine of pages, he [Hervey] manages to give the film's production history, narrative, reception, influences, and moral and political implications in an easy, flowing style free of jargon, and, though brief, is an essential newcomer to any horror fan or Romero buff's library.' - DK Holm, The Vancouver Voice

 

 

'This particular volume of the "BFI Film Classics" series is illuminating and educational. Anyone with an interest in horror films generally will find it fascinating and students of social history will find the analyses contained stimulating and informative...Highly recommended.' - Neale Monks, SF Crowsnest 

 

'Ben Hervey makes an excellent fist of uniting all the tales of George A. Romero's genre-defining debut.' - Empire 

 

'Night of the Living Dead is another worthy additon to the bookshelf.' - Filmwerk

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Night of the Living Dead
Authors
Series Title
BFI Film Classics
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-84457-546-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-174-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
128
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