When Night of the Living Dead opened in 1968, its flesh-eating zombies scandalized audiences otherwise watching Hawaii Five-0.
George Romero’s horror flick follows a group trapped in a farmhouse as
zombies terrorize the countryside through a gruesome deathfest many
critics now see as a critique of the Vietnam War, American racism and
patriarchy. Even today, the gore is still gross—expect to be startled by
a close-up of a mangled and bloody face with eyes bugged out, or a
scene where a kiddie zombie commits matricide with a trowel—but the
film’s nihilism is even more shocking. Everyone dies.
- Showing at: Laurelhurst Theater.
- Best paired with: Pinot noir.
- Also screening: ParaNorman (Kennedy School), Lawless (Academy).