Night of the Living Dead (1968)

body horrorno
violence toward animalsno
Bechdel-Wallace testpassed
Mako Moripassed
X was the real YIt turns out that things about zombies are the real monsters.

Can you separate a movie from the undead shambling mass it spawned?

I still really like this movie. It's dialog is a little amateurish, and the women in it are barely one-dimensional, but it remains genuinely frightening. This movie succeeds in centering a monster movie on human-human drama.

Unfortunately, my excitement for the film has been somewhat dulled by an oversaturation of zombie movies, tv shows, games, and books. In the last 50 years we decided they were the best default villain anywhere we couldn't use Nazis (and several places where we did). Overwhelmingly, we so lost track of what made zombies interesting that we made them super-humanly fast.

Anyway, great movie, shame it became an overused trope.