Hoards of hungry undead that wreck havoc on humanity and stalk desperate survivors; these are the signatures of zombie films, arguably the biggest subgenre ever spawned by horror. And it wouldn’t exist at all without one film. This October, the hugely influential Night of the Living Dead (1968) returns with an all new 4k restoration, overseen by the late George A. Romero himself! And the re-release just got a brand new trailer, via EW!
Night of the Living Dead follows a group of survivors holed up in a lonely farmhouse, desperately fighting off hordes of flesh eating zombies. As they fight to live through the night, news reports tell of a similar epidemic taking place everywhere.
The film has never had a major restoration. Therefore, it was restored from the original film negative, resulting in the most definitive version of the film ever seen. Funding was provided by The George Lucas Family Foundation and the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation. Restoration work done by Cineric Inc. in New York City and Audio Mechanics in Burbank, California. Romero himself and Image Ten oversaw the project.
It’s comforting to know that while we lost the legendary horror director in July, he left his personal touch on one final project.
The restoration will open at Film Forum in New York October 13th, before a nationwide re-release. But if you want to take the experience of the restored film to the next level, you won’t want to miss the Cinespia screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on October 21st. The film famously opens in a graveyard, where a brother and sister visiting their father’s grave are attacked by a lone zombie, the first of a terrifying onslaught of the walking dead. Seeing the movie outdoors in a cemetery is sure to be an unforgettably terrifying experience.
For information on the restorations full release schedule and locations, check out the Janus Films website.