Night of the Living Dead at Brattle Theatre
New Digital Restoration!
Double Feature with THE OLD DARK HOUSE (5:00, 8:45)
(1968) dir George A. Romero w/Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Kyra Schon [96 min; DCP]
Shot outside of Pittsburgh at a fraction of the cost of a Hollywood feature by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of the great stories of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of flesh-eating ghouls newly arisen from their graves, Romero’s claustrophobic vision of a late-sixties America (literally) tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Jones) in the lead role. After decades of poor-quality prints and video transfers, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD can finally be seen for the immaculately crafted film that it is thanks to this new 4K restoration, supervised by Romero himself. Stark, haunting, and more relevant than ever, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is back. – Janus Films