‘NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’
George Romero will premiere a 4K restoration of his zombie classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD during the Museum of Modern Art’s To Save and Project, an annual celebration in New York of newly preserved and restored films.
Restored by the museum and The Film Foundation, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD originally opened in theaters in October 1968 and went on to gross $12 million domestically and $18 million internationally. It spawned five sequels helmed by Romero from 1978 to 2009, and several remakes were launched, including Tom Savini’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD in 1990 and Zack Snyder’s DAWN OF THE DEAD in 2004.
Romero’s works have fueled a thriving zombie genre in both film and television, with AMC’s popular undead drama THE WALKING DEAD breaking ratings records on cable.
“It’s an honor and a thrill to have MoMA restore and present a horror movie that I and a group of Pittsburgh friends created nearly 50 years ago,” Romero said in a statement. “After working closely with MoMA and The Film Foundation on this restoration, I know the meticulous work that has gone into creating this new restoration and I am excited to terrify new audiences and devoted fans with a version that returns our film to the quality we originally intended.”
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD follows several survivors of a zombie outbreak as they barricade themselves in a remote farmhouse as an undead threat spreads across the nation.
Romero’s film is an influential chapter for horror cinema. Its $114,000 budget proved successful productions could be realized with little money, and it gave new meaning to the term zombie with its shambling, flesh-eating corpses.
In addition to directing NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Romero served as co-writer along with John Russo (THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD). The film starred Judith O’Dea, Duane Jones, Marilyn Eastman, Karl Hardman, Judith Ridley, Keith Wayne.
“The Film Foundation is thrilled that George Romero’s groundbreaking film is being restored from the original camera negative and track,” said Margaret Bodde, executive director of The Film Foundation.
“We hope this will allow a new generation to experience the film and appreciate the elements that made it so innovative at the time and give it continued power and relevance today.
“George Romero’s involvement in the restoration means that this version will be definitive and the only one that truly reflects his vision.”
To Save and Project is slated for Nov. 2–23. Tickets for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD go on sale Oct. 22, with showings set for Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. For information, visit moma.org.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
‘NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’