50 years after it first chilled audiences to their core, George A. Romero’s influential horror film Night of the Living Dead will return to UK and Irish cinemas for Halloween 2018.
Just in time for Halloween, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead – which is one of the most frequently featured movies on Top 10 Films and one of the greatest debuts by a director – will be re-released in UK cinemas to celebrate its seminal place in movie history as it arrives at its 50th birthday.
For audiences in the UK and Ireland, things get even better with a exclusive 20-minute introduction featuring Robert Rodriguez and Guillermo Del Toro. The film, presented following a new restoration and remaster, will be shown alongside this new “making-of” to celebrate five decades of Romero’s iconic classic.
Named the 11th greatest horror film between 1967 and 1979 by Top 10 Films, the second best Romero film behind Dawn of the Dead, and one of the 10 best horror films of all time by Rolling Stone, Night of the Living Dead has lost little of its potency, its document of a time and place still resonating, its depiction of survival and fear still affecting. Indeed, the film holds a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Exampling the potential of independent cinema as well as the courage of those staking their lives and careers on a film, Night of the Living Dead went from something resigned to playing second fiddle to big studio pictures to becoming a huge commercial success and influencing a generation of filmmakers. It also heralded some excellent sequels, the first of which, Dawn of the Dead, often being named one of the greatest sequels of all time.
Before Romero’s death in 2017, he had worked on restoring the film for a 50th anniversary celebration. Supported by various organisations such as The Film Foundation, The Museum of Modern Art and The George Lucas Family Foundation, Romero worked with the film’s sound engineer, Gary Streiner, to restore and remaster the movie in 4K Ultra HD from the original camera negative.
For fans of the film, this is an experience not to be missed. Steve Wolsh, who was part of the team at Living Dead Media who helped get the film back in cinemas, says the film is “intended to be seen in a dark theatre with a live audience, and this restoration gives fans and newcomers alike a chance to see the film as they’ve never seen it before.”
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Night of the Living Dead is in select UK and Irish cinemas from October 24.