"Night of the Living Dead" is a low budget film to be studied on so many levels. As the cheesy flick begins, one wonders what the big deal is. As the film progresses, one is absorbed into this dark work. One can feel the repression of the Johnson Administration in the air, one can smell the missiles of October. Shot on an extremely low budget, one sees that George Romero and his crew achieved their artistic goals.
"Night of the Living Dead" works on so many levels upon return viewings. Duane Jones is the tradtional leading man, but one realizes that his character makes wrong choices lead people to their demise. It is an angry film that plays out to a pessimistic conclusion, making "Night of the Living Dead" one of the ultimate horror movies of all time.